Last week, I had the opportunity to enjoy my first experience at a Brazilian Steakhouse and new client, Texas de Brazil. I was excited and anxious as the fateful day came on Friday, October 14 when Alison Monaghan and I set off to the Las Vegas restaurant at Town Square Shopping Center.
Upon arrival, my eyes immediately gravitated to the massive salad and appetizer area and I knew I was in for a treat. As our waitress explained the concept of the authentic churrascaria, my mouth watered over the descriptions of the seasoned cuts of beef, pork, lamb, chicken, and Brazilian sausage. For those who may not know what a Brazilian Steakhouse is, I’ll provide the short version: It’s every meat lover’s dream. For a single flat-rate, diners receive a two-sided place card, which they can turn from green to red at their discretion; green signifying, “Bring on the gauchos,” and red meaning, “I can’t eat another bite.”
The overall experience at Texas de Brazil is rather unique and can be overwhelming to first timers, especially for those who enjoy food as much as I do and want to try everything. For those who may find themselves in this predicament in the future, here are some DO’s and DON’Ts for the “most incredible dining experience.”
• Try the sweet fried bananas, especially in between varieties of meats to cleanse the palate.
• Pace yourself. The constant presentation of meat can be irresistible, but if you have to pass on a round, I promise the restaurant won’t be in short supply of your favorite cut.
• Save room for dessert. With mouth-watering options such as Brazilian cheesecake or Chocolate Mousse Cake, you can’t go wrong.
• Overload at the salad and appetizer area. While it’s tempting with the magnitude of tasty selections, you’ll want to be hungry for your main course.
• Forget about the great promotions that the restaurant offers including happy hour prices and the half price on a second bottle of South American wines offer on Thursdays.