A taste of Brazil off the Strip

By Debbie Hall

About one-half mile from the Las Vegas Strip the authentic cuisine of a southern Brazilian steakhouse can be experienced at Fogo de Chão located in the Hughes Center development.

A churrascaria is a Brazilian steakhouse, churrasco is the cooking style and when churrasco is translated from Portuguese, the meaning is similar to barbecue. Distinctly a South American-style rotisserie, it owes its origins to the fireside roasts of the gauchos (South American cowboys) of southern Brazil. Various meats were roasted over an open pit and, along with seasoned vegetables, rice and beans, the gauchos would present their meals to their families. This was meant as a celebration as the gauchos would carve their meat right at the table to show skill and pride in their herd.

“Fogo de Chão is excited to bring the authentic flavors and traditions of Southern Brazil to Las Vegas, a city known for offering exceptional dining,” said Selma Oliveira, chief operating officer.

At Fogo de Chão, gaucho chefs present and slice 15 signature cuts of meat table side from roasting skewers under the direction of Head Gaucho Chef and General Manager Marcio Bonfada. Each gaucho is responsible for the preparation as well as the presenting of their cut of meat. The house specialty includes picanha, a prime cut of top sirloin seasoned with sea salt or garlic.

To enhance the meal, a gourmet salad and sides bar featuring more than 30 items such as smoked salmon, sun-dried tomatoes, hearts of palm, tabbouleh salad, jumbo asparagus, cured meats, artisan breads and imported cheeses is offered. Fogo de Chão’s decadent dessert menu includes the restaurant’s signature papaya cream, made with fresh papaya, vanilla ice cream and crème de cassis liqueur.

Authentic Brazilian beverages like the caipirinha and a wine list that includes more than 200 labels along with a full bar compliments the dining experience of Southern Brazil in Las Vegas.

Fogo de Chão

360 E. Flamingo Road