I've always heard stories about Fogo de Chao since I've been living in Atlanta. All good tales of smorgasbords of meat, sides, and cheesy bread. I was nonetheless taken aback when my girlfriend and I ventured there on the day of love, Valentine's Day. It was very busy, luckily we made reservations weeks in advance and were able to be sat immediately. When seated we were given a play by play of how the restaurant works. You have unlimited reign of the well stocked salad and cheese bar. To signal when you're ready for something a bit more heavy on your stomach, there is red/green card on your table. When you're prepared to experience the fine cuts of steak, pork, and chicken, simply turn the card over to the green side and unleash hell. You will be bombarded with ""meat runners"" brandishing skewers of hot, sizzling, meat for your gastrointestinal pleasure. The top sirloin steak is one of the best seasoned pieces of meat I've ever had. I literally said, ""Oh my God!"" at first taste. The ride did not stop there. Turn the card to green again for bacon wrapped chicken and fillet mignon medallions. My stomach was in meaty bliss. And lastly, the Lombo, a parmesan crusted succulent cut of pork so good, you can eat it for then entire meal. Couple this with sides of garlic mashed potatoes, plantains, and cheese bread will leave you feeling more than full. But we can't forget about desert. I ended my meal with a slice of key lime pie so rich and decadent, I told my girlfriend that I needed a minute to compose myself. It was that good. All and all, Fogo de Chao is not an experience for the faint of heart. This restaurant is fast paced with meat runners swooping in all over the place to deliver some of the best meat you've every tasted. Leave your diet at the door and quell any inkling of having fish or seafood. Fogo de Chao is about meat, plain and simple. A culinary experience for the ages.
Pros: The best cuts of steak, pork, & chicken
Cons: The restaurant floor is very busy