Fogo de Chao
3101 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
Cuisines: Fine Dining, South American, Brazilian, Latin American, Steakhouse
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Where to start... Fogo de chao is a special place I love to go when I'm in the mood for meat! It's an "all you can eat" style restaurant with amazing meat. They also offer a salad bar that is included in the price. The salad bar itself is amazing. It's such a great bang for you buck restaurant. They are also building a new fogo de chao near perimeter mall!
I went here with my hubby for our first date night post baby! I was already super excited because of all the wonderful reviews I had read, and I was not disappointed.
So, first we were greeted by the complimentary valet when we pulled up, which is always a wonderful thing, especially here in Atlanta where parking can be a nightmare. Next, we walked in and spoke to the hostess, who seemed a little overwhelmed with the large crowd, but was still nice and quick to greet us and get our name. We had reservations for 7:30, but did have a 10 minute wait because they were a little behind. However, this was not too terrible since we were able to order a drink at the bar in the mean time. It was a Saturday night, so it was very crowded, but our drinks were ready very quickly, and the bartender was personable and helped me choose a drink that I would enjoy (I am not a big drinker), and it was delicious! Sadly, I do not recall the name of it. Once we were seated, we got our waters and cheese bread, and the waiter explained to us how things work with the red and green coaster.. turn it over to green for servers to come offer you meat, and turn it over to red to stop the servers from offering. Next, they brought out the side items while we went and loaded our plates at the extensive salad bar.. I had never seen anything like it! I tried most everything they had out and all of it was tasty. Next, we turned our cards to green and immediately were offered many types of meat. Every single thing I had was amazing, except for the lamb. I am partial here though, since I had never had lamb and was very hesitant to try it at all. My favorite meat was the filet mignon, but everything was cooked perfectly. You are able to choose which part of the meat you want by how it is cooked (medium rare, medium, etc). So, after many rounds of meat and tasting all the sides (which were good but nothing spectacular compared to the meat), we ordered dessert. We chose the papaya cream with the blueberry liqueur on top, and it was wonderful! Overall, I would give this place 6 out of 5 stars if I could! Totally worth the small fortune we spent! :-)
01/21/2012Provided by Citysearch -
To quote my girlfriend when we sat down: ""Ew. Let's leave.""
I admit at first, I was worried too. It smelled like Chinese food in this place - yes, Chinese food. The waitresses were eating their lunch at the front of the restaurant when we walked in. Without standing up, one of them smiled and pointed to a table at the back.
The restaurant was empty, despite a handmade sign that said: ""Line moves quickly!"" Perhaps we mistimed our meal, showing up for breakfast at noon. Either way, the menu offers mostly breakfast foods including omelets, bacon, pancakes, and my favorite: eggs benedict.
I ordered the California eggs benedict and my girlfriend got the Crab eggs benedict. Within ten minutes our waitress delivered our meal. We were happily surprised. The plate was nicely made up. My eggs benedict had large, fresh slices of avocado and fresh grilled turkey. My girlfriend's eggs benedict had heaps of real crab meat, topped with capers.
The hollandaise sauce was buttery and rich and the eggs perfectly cooked. We noticed that my plate was garnished with a lemon wedge while my girlfriend's came with an orange slice. It was a small detail, but showed that they actually care about how they present their dishes here.
We repeatedly noted how tasty the food was, and how wrong we were to prejudge the experience.
Having said this, the place would probably have netted a higher score had the ambiance been nicer. Still, who am I - a tourist - to waltz into a place that is clearly liked by the locals and ask that place to change? If you are a tourist like me, you should be happy that a place like this exists at all. Two blocks from the Prescott Hotel on Post St. sits a great little place for breakfast.
07/12/2011Provided by Citysearch -
The food was delicious, but the bustle around the table made it impossible to relax. I felt that I constantly had to be responding to the waiters who were almost too attentive and would come over whenever my plate was empty, regardless of whether I had the red or the green side of my disc showing.
I did enjoy every piece of meat I tried and though the side plates were limited, they were very tasty. I especially liked the mashed potatoes. The highlight of the meal for my boyfriend was the bowl of bacon on the salad bar.
I'm not sure I would go back because though the food was good, there are other delicious places for much less expense which are much more relaxing.
05/28/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Based on the reviews, I felt we would have a wonderful family celebration dinner - but I was sadly disappointed in the flavor and tenderness of the meats. The ribs had the consistency of dry sawdust, the sirloin was so tough we could not chew it. we asked the servers for more tender slices, but we got the same awful selections. Maybe we had a cook in training that Saturday night. It certainly was not worth the $575 + $81 automatically billed gratuity. I wish I had asked for a refund, but did not want to make a scene and ruin the end of a wonderful day for my family.