I have visited the Fogo de Chao in Dallas many times and was excited when I learned that they had brought one to Scottsdale. Some might think that spending $30 for lunch is a bit exorbitant, but I believe you get what you pay for. At least, I used to think that way. I have dined at the Fogo de Chao in Scottsdale for my first, and probably last time.
The d?cor and ambiance is what you would expect from a five star steakhouse, first class. The team of waiters that serve you have it down to a science. You cannot even drop a bread crumb on the table without someone passing by and clearing it off of the table. The service has always been impeccable; it was the food that I found lacking.
I understand that all meats are not created equal and even the most discriminating establishments can get a bad cut of meat. I first sampled the top sirloin and thought to myself that it must have been a bad cut of meat. After the filet mignon, lamb, chicken and pork came by and each tasted as though they had been warming under heat lamps for days, I knew that the problem was not the meat. All the blame for this bad meal rests with the chef. The reason that $30 for lunch is worth it is because of the quality of meat and the flavor that they are able to infuse into the meat. Sadly, I was extremely disappointed.
I?m sure that one day I will go back and give them another chance. Had I not been for the multiple fantastic lunches in Dallas, I?m sure this would not be the case. Every day that passes I convince myself that it wasn?t as bad as it was. As soon as my memory fades enough, I?ll be back for at least one more try. Besides, it is too much fun to drop a bread crumb on the table and watch the headwaiter scramble to come clean it up. If you want fantastic service, you will not be disappointed. If you are looking for one of the best steakhouses in the United States, go to the one in Dallas.