Oh man, Fogo de Chao is seriously everything and more. I wanted to spoil my cousin so I took her here for a nomtastic dinner last week and we totally pigged out. I go to the one in Baltimore pretty frequently but hadn’t been to the DC location yet so I was excited.
We started our evening off with drinks before hitting up the seasonal market table. I ordered a Strawberry Hibiscus Caipirinha and Kristy got a Mango Ginger Martini. Both cocktails were delish but hella strong – they definitely don’t mess around here, ha. As usual, the salad bar was impressive. Their selections included seasonal specialties (ex. lentil quinoa and blackberry & arugula salad), smoked salmon, imported cured meats + aged cheeses, and antipasti. My faves were def. the roasted beets, marinated hearts of palm & artichokes, peppadew peppers, baby quail eggs, and imported prosciutto.
Then, the real fun began. We flipped our coasters – they’re not really coasters, but I call them that anyway – over to green for meat service. There were 10 meats available (lamb, pork loin, pork sausage, pork ribs, chicken, prime part of the top sirloin, beef tenderloin, top sirloin, bottom sirloin, rib eye, and beef ribs) and waiters brought them over to us on giant skewers – def. hold out for the filet and lamb! FYI, if you don’t see your protein of choice, ask someone to bring you a specific cut.
We also got 3 side dishes (garlic mashed taters, caramel bananas, and polenta at no additional cost) with our meal + the most incredible bread ever. Pao de Queijo is a carblover’s dream, like I seriously had six of these before I even touched anything. No joke! They’re warm cheesy bread rolls that are made with sweet and sour yuca flour and parmesan cheese (!!!!!)
Conclusion: haul @$$ to Fogo to get your nom on. The grub doesn’t come cheap but you gotta put it all into perspective. It’s all you can eat meat, sides, and salad bar for $56 at dinner and $36 at lunch soooo not too shabby if you think about it. Prices are slightly different for the weekend so keep that in mind. Also, if you have vegetarians in the fam, no worries – they offer market table only entrees at lunch for $15 and dinner for $29. Happy eating, frands!
A huge thanks to Fogo for having us!