Brazilian Steak Houses, also known as churrascarias, are a meat lovers dream. A Churrascaria and a typical Steakhouse are different in many ways. First, when people arrive at the restaurant, meat waiters dressed as Gauchos (Brazilian Cowboys in a sense) from Southern Brazil walk around to tables with knives and skewers with various types of meats speared and ready to eat. Once seated, the server explains everything.
There will be a red and green object at the table where green means keep the meat coming, and red means stop because you're completely full. So putting the object, usually a card, on green, gives the Gauchos the okay to continuously come to the table with a variety of quality meats that are fire roasted, most times, in charcoal. Some examples are: smoked sausage, pork spare ribs, bacon wrapped chicken, filet mignon, ribeye, top sirloin, rack of lamb and chicken parmesan.
Before starting with the meats, there are two types of gourmet buffets. One is a salad bar offering a variety of cheeses and veggies, with salad options available as well. Then, there's the hot buffet where the Brazilian side dishes can be found, like black beans, garlic white rice, collard greens, fried plantains, Brazilian bread crumbs called farofa, and most people's favorite, Pao De Queijo (that gooey Brazilian cheese bread). When everyone feels like they can't breathe anymore from eating so much, flip over the card to the red and the Gauchos will stop coming. The best way to finish the meal is with strong Brazilian coffee and for better or for worse, an item from the dessert cart that gets wheeled alongside the table. Not usually included in the All You Can Eat price, but as an option just in case.
Here now, a compilation of Brazilian All You Can Eat Options in Los Angeles and regular Brazilian restaurants where traditional cuisine can be found, all of which includes the meats and side dishes that represent Brazil's delicious food culture. —Keyla Vasconcellos