Calling all carnivores! A new dining sensation has infiltrated the United States and is taking the nation by storm. Fogo de Chão, which means fire on the ground in Portuguese, is a chain of authentic southern Brazilian steakhouses that now claims 14 locations in the United States (with two additional locations opening this summer) and 6 locations in Brazil. The best part? There’s a Fogo right here in downtown Indy! It’s located on 117 E. Washington St., a mere two blocks off of Monument Circle.
The dining style is unique and differs greatly from your typical American steak house. The meal is “all you can eat” so you better bring your appetite. You start with the gourmet self-service salad bar that boasts over 30 varieties of vegetables, meats, cheeses, and salads. Be careful not to each too much here as the second course is much more demanding. When you’re ready for the meat service to begin, it’s controlled by a colored disc assigned to each guest at the table. You simply flip the card from the red side to the green side. All meat is carved and served tableside. A green card is the indication for a Gaucho chef to come by with one of the 15 different selections of certified Angus beef, lamb, chicken, pork, or sausage. You may try as many of the cuts of meat as you like as many times as you like. So, as I said, bring your appetite.
As far as beverages go, the variety is wide and unique, so there should be something for everyone. Fogo de Chão serves the national cocktail of Brazil, the caipirinha. The drink consists of freshly cut lime muddled in sugar then tossed on ice with a sugarcane based rum called cachaca. The wine list is superb and should not be overlooked. The establishment specializes in South American wines and my recommendation would be an Argentinean malbec to complement the meal. Watch out for the soft drinks as they are served by the 10 oz. bottle so you will be charged for each. If “free refills” is your thing, go for the house-made lime-aid, it’s delicious!
Finally, save room for dessert, and even if you don’t, they have a dessert designed with the “stuffed” in mind. The Papaya Cream is a Fogo specialty consisting of vanilla bean ice cream blended with fresh-cut imported Brazilian papaya. The cool part is the digestive enzyme that is found naturally in papaya which helps aid in the digestion of protein. So the dessert is aimed at putting that sweet taste in your mouth while making you feel a little less full. It really completes the experience.
What does all of this cost? The price is a flat rate of $46.50 per person and does not include drinks or dessert. Children 5-12 years old eat for half-price and 5 years old and under eat for free. So, the next time you’re in the mood for a hearty steak dinner, step outside of the box and try the unique, fun, and exciting dining experience that is Fogo de Chão.
Hours of operation:
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30am-2pm (Reduced Price! $26.50 per person excluding drinks and dessert)
Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5pm-10pm; Friday 5pm- 10:30pm; Saturday 4:00pm-10:30pm; Sunday 4:00pm- 9:30pm.
Reservations highly recommended!
Call (317) 638-4000