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August 27, 2006
From journal Dining in the Windy City
March 18, 2004
They have a nice salad bar, but don't fill up there because the best is yet to come!!!! Next comes meat on a big stick -- all kinds of cuts and all very good. You can have as much as you desire of pork, beef, lamb, and sausages. . . Each diner is given a little chit, red on one side and green on the other. When you need a break, give them a red signal and when you want to start again, go green! The meal includes some mashed potatoes and fried bananas as well.
The service is friendly and you don't feel rushed; you can take a break and start all over again. It's a lot of fun and you will have a meat hangover the next day-- we did! Great for anyone on an Atkin's diet! Very nicely decorated also! It was fun for the kids who loved the idea of picking a choosing their own cuts of meat. The desserts were great and Fogo de Chao offers a full bar. All around, this place is a winner!
From journal Chicago
July 7, 2003
First, the salad bar. They say it is for wimps, but the veggies, salads, cheeses, cold cuts, and more offer amazing choices -- all excellent.
Then, the meat. It is served after you flip the laminated disk to "GO" on your table. Costumed gauchos swarm you offering lamb chops, filet, bacon wrapped chicken, pork loin, the house special rump steak and more. My favorites were by far the filet and chicken. The meat is not heavily spiced at all. The sides keep appearing too, including fried polenta, fried bananas, and mashed potatoes. Everything is really excellent -- not fancy, but high quality. We even found room for the papaya cream desert. The drinks were pricey, but a great steak dinner -- all you can eat, no less -- for about $45 before tip or tax is not too bad for Chicago. Service was promt and attentive. We almost felt rushed at points, but it was just the eager-to-serve gauchos.
From journal The non-trite Chicago Guide
ashbourne, United Kingdom
January 21, 2013