If you are a meat eater, a Brazilian steakhouse is definitely something you will want to experience at least once in your life. At a Brazilian steakhouse unlimited meat is brought around to you on swords. Yes, you heard that right, SWORDS.
When you are seated you are given a circle card that is green on one side, red on the other; when you want more meat, you turn the card to green, and of course when you are full (or want a break), you turn the card to red. If you don’t want the particular meat on the gaucho’s sword, send the gaucho on; however, if you do, the gaucho will rest the sword on your table and slice off a piece of the meat (or more, if you ask). When beef comes around there will be various degrees of doneness on the same sword, so, you simply need to tell them how you like your meat cooked.
Chicago has three Brazilian steakhouses: Brazzaz, Fogo de Chao, and Texas de Brazil. Which one is best is, of course, a matter of personal preference.
At most Brazilian steakhouses the salad bar and limited side dishes are included, but dessert and drinks cost extra. In Chicago, dinner at a Brazilian steakhouse will run you about $50 a person (not counting tax, or tip). Texas de Brazil offers a buy-one-get-one-free deal for your birthday and anniversary if you sign up for their e-mail list; just remember to tip on the pre-discount amount (it isn’t fair to stiff your server because you got a deal!). Also keep in mind that that tax and tip really adds up, even with a buy-one-get-one-free offer, so, be prepared (two dinners with a buy-one-get-one-free offer, plus tax and tip, and two sodas will still run you about $90).