In honor of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, I thought I’d explore some must-try Brazilian restaurants in Dallas.
First, and probably most famous, is Fogo de Chão. The Brazilian steakhouse gives guests a beautiful, highbrow dining experience while maintaining the excellent richness of a steakhouse. As is Brazilian tradition, the meats are prepared over an open fire. The restaurant is lovely and inviting, with warm South American tones and a beautiful wine cellar open to all guests.
Photograph: Fogo de Chao, June 2014
The dining experience at Fogo is different from that at many typical steakhouses: first, you’re seated, offered drinks. Then you’re encouraged to visit the salad bar for fresh vegetables and Brazilian side dishes. Once you’ve decided you’re ready to begin the main course, you flip your card (one is provided to every guest) green side up. This signals to the chefs that you want whatever delicious choice of meat it is that they are serving. Each chef moves around tables offering different kinds of meats including, pork, chicken and beef flavored in a traditional Brazilian fashion. Once you’ve had your fill, simply turn your card to the red side.
If, after all of this, you have room for dessert, I highly suggest the Fogo de Chão Signature Papaya Cream.
The second South American restaurant is Joyce & Gigi’s Kitchen. The cozy modern take on cultural dining is run by mother-daughter pair and chefs Gigliola Aguilera and Joyce Stenvall, who describe their culinary creations as “home style cooking with soul”.
As a starter I would recommend the Empanada Trio or the Chicharron (pork ribs) with your choice of Brazilian wine. As you move into the second course, be open to every option-they are all delicious! Whichever you choose, definitely order the Eggplant escabeche to accompany your dish.
Photograph: Joyce & Gigi’s Kitchen, June 2014
The atmosphere at Joyce & Gigi’s is comfortable and each dish is exquisitely presented-with a taste to match!
If you’re following the World Cup as avidly as I am, comment the country you’re supporting and I’ll find that cultural cuisine here in Dallas! For me… ¡Viva España!