Texas de Brazil Steakhouse
Chicago, IL| (312) 595-0913| website
What makes Texas de Brazil a unique experience? They feature All-You-Can-Eat grilled meats carved at your table and a fantastic/giant salad bar that features 50 to 60 different items. Their selection of steaks is world-class.
The restaurant is a little tricky to find. It’s actually on the second floor of Illinois Street and its main entrance is on the side of the building.
The first rule you need to remember is that you will need to arrive hungry! You will eat more than you think is possible. It is virtually impossible to leave Texas hungry.
Texas has one of the best salad and soup bars you will ever experience. Try to not go overboard on the salad, you have an unbelievable selection of meats, chicken, pork, and lamb coming at you very soon.
As soon as you sit, the servers will bring Brazilian cheese bread, sweet fried bananas, and garlic mashed potatoes to your table. Frankly, these are so good that I would be happy eating just these. These are also All-You-Can-Eat and will be replenished immediately.
At your table, you are provided a small card that is Red on one side and Green on the other. If it is placed on your table Red side up, the gauchos will not disturb you. However, once you place on the Green side, the frenzy begins. The gauchos are trained to look for Green and will rush to your table. Don’t forget to flip it back to Red… you can always flip it to Green once you finish the last round.
The skewer wielding gaucho servers seem to appear out of nowhere to deliver their tender cuts of steak, chicken, sausages, ribs, lamb chops, and a number of other selections right to your plate. The process is fairly simple… they arrive with their large skewer, cut a piece off that meets your liking, and then you help them place it on your plate with your tongs.
The Brazilian Picanha was my favorite cut of meat. The Filet Mignon and the Parmesan Sirloin were a close second. Everything was very high quality. To accompany your meats, they have an extensive wine cellar featuring a wide variety of wines from many parts of the world.
Lunch is priced at $24.99 per person, and dinner is priced at $47.99 per person. Perhaps this may seem a little pricey to some… however, I think it is well worth it!
If you are one of the few that have room for dessert, the Brazilian Papaya Cream is very authentic to Brazil.
The salad bar, the appetizers, the meats, and the service make Texas de Brazil a unique and fun experience for all ages.