Hello my friends. Today we are continuing our travels in the south with the visit from our friends Shoko and Kali’s mom/dad from Canadian Cats. Last week we found Bill and Jean arriving here in the south – you can read all about that posting here.
On their second day here in the south, mom/dad wanted to take them downtown to a restaurant that is one of their all time favorites. This restaurant is called Fogo de Chao and it’s a Brazilian restaurant. This is an upscale all you can eat restaurant where they carve meat at your table side. Mom had been talking to Bill and Jean about this place but regardless of how you describe it, you just don’t get the full experience of it until you are actually there in this beautiful place.
The first thing we need to discuss about the restaurant’s food are these devilish little rolls called PÃO DE QUEIJO. Oh my southern heavens. These things are totally awesome – they are warm, soft cheesy bread rolls that mysteriously come to your table throughout your entire meal in bowls. It’s like the bowl just refills itself over and over and before you know it – three bowls are gone… not that mom would know from experience or anything like that.
The second thing we need to talk about at the restaurant is their HUGE market table salad bar. This is a picture of Jean’s plate from the salad bar – look at all of the goodies! Huge green olives, beef steak tomatoes, cucumber salads, imported cheeses, prosciutto, kale, chick peas, artichoke hearts, apple salad – that’s just a start of the goodies.
And just think – this is *just* the salad bar to get your appetite going a bit. Doesn’t all of the food luck superb? We all dug in like there was no tomorrow and Lord forbid like we didn’t eat just last night.
Then when you are ready for the real party to begin, you turn this disc over to green on your table. That tells the gaucho’s that you are ready for MEAT. And then when you want a break you turn your disc back over which is RED for stop I need a break. So are you ready for some meat my friends? This is where they bring the spears of meat to your table and carve what you want. They have top sirloin, bottom sirloin, filet mignon, beef ribs, pork ribs, chicken, lamb and pork.
Here’s a picture of daddy getting some house special. See how they carve it at the table. Then you have a special tong that you pull the meat off after the gaucho cuts the meat. It is delicious. And you can get whatever temperature you want – medium, well done, rare, whatever – they are there for you and your experience.
In fact, mommy kept telling the house special guy that he was her favorite. What a suck up huh?
We all ate and ate and ate until our bellies were nice, round and full – overflowing with food and laughter.
Finally the discs were turned to red, the white napkins were waved in defeat.
All of us could barely move… so why not order dessert then huh? Snorts with piggy laughter.
There was the matter of celebrating a late birthday in the crowd – Jean. So we all choose strawberry cheesecake where the restaurant wrote around the plate Happy Birthday. And Jean was a trooper blowing out her candle and we all jumped in one last time before ending another great meal with great company.
And you know there has to be that *one* picture that is taken to always look back on to remember what a great date this was.. and here it is.
03/09/2016 at 1:19 am
Wow! That looks AMAZING! You could just park me over at that salad bar for the evening. You had lots of fun there. 😀
03/09/2016 at 10:41 am
Oh Auntie Sharon – mom/dad said they had a blast there with Bill/Jean. It was such a huge treat and so much fun! But I’m like you. I could lay belly up near the salad bar and everyone could so sweetly feed me – I would be in piggy heaven. XOXO – Bacon
03/09/2016 at 2:54 am
Oh this restaurant is heaven on earth… I think I never would show the the red side of the disc hahahahahaha
03/09/2016 at 10:42 am
Oh brother – this is so true. Daddy gives it a good run – he is a professional eater – snorts with piggy laughter. You just want to eat everything. And mom – bless her heart – she can’t get enough of those devilish little rolls! XOXO – Bacon
03/09/2016 at 5:08 am
Oh my goodness! What an amazing restaurant and selection of food and fun!!! Those little rolls are adorable and that salad bar…..woot! Love the idea of the “I GIVE UP NOW” disc on the table……they should also have a “recovery room” where those who can’t walk after eating all that food can go to REST before heading home! Looks like a fun time was had by all……
Love, Pam and Sam
03/09/2016 at 10:48 am
Amen cousin!! It is definitely a great restaurant and one of mom/dad’s favorites to visit downtown Atlanta. I think a recovery room would be an awesome addition – snorts. XOXO – Bacon
03/09/2016 at 7:13 am
We have some similar restaurants here too – it looks like you ha a great visit 🙂
03/09/2016 at 10:50 am
It was definitely a trip to remember for a lifetime my friend. Such great friends and wonderful places we visited and memories made for sure. XOXO – Bacon
03/09/2016 at 8:00 am
Sounds like a great place to eat. I would fill up on the salad bar. LOL.
03/09/2016 at 10:51 am
I know! That salad bar is amazing to say the least. It has all kinds of goodies that mom/dad told me about… not that I would know first hand – looks innocently <> XOXO – Bacon
03/09/2016 at 8:25 am
Boy, you guys sure know how to entertain & Pawty ! We have a Brazillian steakhouse here in Greensboro. Mama has never been there but she has heard some great reports. Of course Mama’s idea of a big time is having two pounds of asparagus just for her and me. Sigh.
03/09/2016 at 10:52 am
Snorts! This was just the beginning of a wonderful visit. You just can’t imagine the places they all went to and visited. It was quite the Travels in the South! XOXO – Bacon
Tails Around the Ranch
03/09/2016 at 9:22 am
There’s a Fogo de Chao in Denver and you’re absolutely right when you say how fabulous a place it is. Glad you all had a great time and great meal! ❤
03/09/2016 at 10:52 am
It is definitely a wonderful restaurant to visit – they treat you so nicely for sure! XOXO – Bacon
Tails Around the Ranch
03/09/2016 at 11:18 am
Yup, excellent service and attention to details. 🙂
03/09/2016 at 12:48 pm
dood…..thanx for sharin ….lookz like a total lee awesum time waz had bye all….we wooda had ta tern R disc ta red all de time tho…… just two get 25 dessertz !!! 🙂 ♥♥♥
03/09/2016 at 1:00 pm
I like the way you think! XOXO – Bacon
03/10/2016 at 5:43 am
Lovely pictures! 🙂
03/10/2016 at 10:13 am
Thanks my sweet friend. I hope you visit next week for the next installment of Travels in the South 🙂 ❤ XOXO – Bacon
The Swiss Cats
03/15/2016 at 4:33 pm
It looks like you all have a lot of fun ! That sounds like a great place to eat. Purrs
03/15/2016 at 4:59 pm
It was magnificent my friend. Just wait until tomorrows issue of Travels in the South. A real antebellum house was explored. XOXO – Bacon
04/08/2016 at 11:23 am
My mouth is still watering…I have to come with you next time 😀 And what a delicious Birthday prezzie and look what wonderful pictures… You are so right…put the memories all in a papurr 🙂 Pawkisses 🙂 ❤ ❤
04/08/2016 at 11:30 am
Yes my friend!! You do need to come for a visit. Just think of the trouble I mean fun we could have. Snorts with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon