Fogo de Chao is known for the meat, but wow the salad bad is to die for. For a set price of $43.50 for dinner, you get all you can eat salad bar and roasted meat served off the spit from roving gauchos.
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.