Texas de Brazil
We were warned in advance by our server to partake sparingly of the salad bar included with our meal to leave room for the main course-meat. It was so very hard advice to take. Nothing on this salad bar was common. The huge salad bar featured lovely cured meats (various salamis and prosciutto), smoked salmon, broiled provolone, big chunks of manchego, marinated hearts of palm, grilled asparagus in strawberry sauce, ceviche, sushi an outstanding selection of olives, addicting lobster bisque and a large number of other items that will require a return trip to sample. The salad bar alone is worth the visit and is offered on it’s on without the star of the meal…meat.
Texas de Brazil is a type of steakhouse that is becoming widely popular these days. Known in Brazil as a churrascaria, it is a centuries old, gaucho inspired dining experience. Large skewers of meat-beef, pork, lamb, chicken, sausages and any other meat that can be skewered are char-grilled and served tableside by roving waiters, each offering a different meat. On the night we dined at Texas de Brazil succulent filet mignon served two ways, buttery lamb chops, roast leg of lamb, bacon wrapped chicken, parmesan crusted pork, flank steak, pork ribs, garlicky sirloin and my favorite, top sirloin with a crispy edge of perfectly cooked fat known as picanha were on offer. The tangy garlic/parsley chimichurri sauce was the perfect accompaniment for all of the juicy, perfectly seasoned & grilled meats we were served.
Diners are given a small circular token that is red on one side and green on the other. As long as green is facing up patient, well-trained waiters with a sense of humor will continue to come to the table and slice off portions from huge skewers straight from the grill. Flipping the token over to the red side means it’s time for a break to cleanse the palate with the roasted caramelized bananas and garlic mashed potatoes that are brought to the table as often as desired. Flip the token back to green and prepare to be offered even more different types of meat that have come from the broiler while you were resting. By this time even robust eaters will be bursting at the seams. When it’s finally time to call it quits an irresistible dessert tray with a very nice selection of cheesecake, cakes, pies and crème brulee will arrive.
The price for this orgy of meat is about $50.00 per person and includes the salad bar and all the meat you can eat. Not a bad price considering the absolute high quality of everything we sampled. (Tip: register at the Texas de Brazil website to receive a buy-one-get-one-free dinner for your birthday). A premium steak dinner of the same quality in most Vegas steakhouses will cost at least that much. Reservations are very much recommended, the sizable restaurant was packed when we left when we dined early on a Wednesday evening. Texas de Brazil is located on South Las Vegas Blvd. in the up-scale Town Square shopping district and is a perfect way to walk off any over indulgence in meat. Cabs are easily found at both at the restaurant and the adjacent shopping area to return to the resorts on the Strip.
We very highly recommend Texas de Brazil to Vegas locals looking for a great meal as well as tourists staying on the strip looking for something sort-of off the strip with the bonus of outstanding shopping at Town Square.
Texas de Brazil
Town Square Shopping Center
6533 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Monday – Thursday, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday, 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, 4 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.