This week we decided to go a different route and try a Brazilian style steakhouse in Downers Grove, IL.
Upon pulling up to the parking lot on a Thursday night, the first thing apparent was how PACKED it was. Most patrons utilized the valet parking service the restaurant offered, but we decided to wait for a spot to open up.
The entrance and general atmosphere of the restaurant can best be described as “relaxed refinement”. The music was low, lights dim with fancy decor. While many diners were present in the restaurant, strict social distance standards were kept and tables were set far apart from one another.
Upon being seated our drink orders were taken and we were given a basket of delicious cheese-filled puff pastries. We then saddled up to the cold food bar and filled our plates with delicious vegetables, cheeses, cured meats, breads and other cold dishes. The vegetables were fresh and crisp, the meats and cheeses were perfectly salty, and the bread was airy.
Once we had enough of the cold dishes, we turned our cards over from red to green indicating we were ready for the main meal. Plates of mashed potatoes, fried plantains, and Polenta were given to us for our sides. At the same time, servers walked around the establishment with various types of meat on large skewers. If they saw green cards, the servers would explain the type of meat and ask if we were interested. We tasted a variety of meats ranging from Frango e Linguiça (grilled chicken legs), Filet e Frango (bacon-wrapped chicken balls), and Picanha (prime cut of seasoned sirloin). Each of the meats were tender, flavorful and cooked to perfection. When we were finished, we flipped our cards back over to red, paid our check, and left extremely satisfied
While this is a more expensive dining option – you certainly do not leave hungry. Definitely worth splurging for the night if you get the opportunity.