My close friend Michelle has been talking up Brazilian Steakhouses for a while now. Her economically comfortable parents had recent taken the whole family out, and all I heard was that the meat just kept coming! Based on this, my kids and I wanted to take my hubby out for Father's Day. Long story short, we ended up at P.F. Chang's instead, but the light at the end of the tunnel was my Father-In-Law. He's a classic meat and potatoes guy. So, when he came out for his birthday, we knew the time was right. I checked our credit limit, and my husband made reservations at Fogo De Chao in Bellevue. Did you know, in local sign language, Bellevue is a 'B' brushed up the nose? That's right! Even the Deaf community thinks you're stuck up. Love it!
I wasn't sure I wanted the "full experience" at first, hence my picture above. I took full advance of the "salad bar," so called Market Table. I got: hearts of palm, olives, roasted red pepper, watermelon, beets, soybeans, chicken salad, spinach, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, endives, and prosciutto. I then thought better, as did the rest of my table.
Mea Culpa! I was too photo shy to take a picture of the skewers of meat the gauchos bring out every five minutes. Needless to say, once I turned my card, and said I was ready for the full experience, the meat never ended. My son, who is squeamish about meat with the bone in, ate 4 pieces of lamb. Lamb! He ate a ton of baby animal... Every meat was perfect: chicken, bacon wrapped steak, lamb, and sausage. They also serve sides of delicious caramelized plantains, and creamy mashed potatoes.
The service was stellar, speedy, and they brought my Father-In-Law a birthday flan. I'm applying for a second job, but I will be back!
I'm a not-for-profit worker that loves food, both healthy and indulgent. I've eaten the 12 egg omelette at Beth's Cafe: toast, hash browns, and all. Take that Adam Richman!