DTLA: Fogo de Chao Is Now Open
Fogo de Chao is now open in Downtown Los Angeles. The DTLA outpost of the popular Brazilian steakhouse brings an exciting meat parade to both denizens and office workers alike. Plus I’m pretty excited about their happy hour as well as the salad bar only option.
Lunch is $34.50 but the Market Table (salad bar) only option is $15. Considering my happy-go-lucky ways of packing a salad box at the local deli, I rather head to Fogo de Chao and get unlimited salad for what I generally pay at the deli. Dinner is $54.50 and salad bar only is $29.50.
I tried the Passionate Caipirinha which is a passionfruit caipirinha. It’s tart and refreshing, a great drink to whet your appetite.
Passionate Caipirinha –
The pristine Market Table had not just all the fixings for salad but beautiful antipasti as well. I was all about the tray of bacon, huge round of cheese, cured meats and the beautiful vegetables.
The Market Table is really huge and there are some soups to try as well. We had the butternut squash.
It’s not a Brazilian meal with those wonderful cheese breads. Pao de queijo were warm and I had to make sure I didn’t eat the whole basket so I wouldn’t fill up before all the meats came by. You also get crispy polenta and caramelized bananas with your meal.
There cards on the table indicating whether or not you want to try the various grilled meats. Green means yes and red means stop. Flip it to the green and wait for all that glorious meat. You can flip back and forth if you’re taking a little break which we did several times.
I really liked the lamb chops, sausage, picahna (top sirloin) and beef ancho (ribeye). Even the frango (bacon-wrapped chicken) was good. I had two pieces of that. I saved some of my roasted garlic from the Market Table to eat with the meat.
Fogo de Chao is best known for their papaya cream, a pudding of papaya and topped with creme de cassis. It’s a light dessert and slips into whatever holes left in your stomach.
Who wants to go to lunch?