Texas de Brazil An Abundance of Healthy Food

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The salad bar

If you are looking for healthy food and abundance, look no future than Texas de Brazil located at 1011 Third Ave off of 60th. Served rodízio-style (all-you-can-eat) this Brazilian steakhouses, combines the cuisine of Southern Brazil, with the accessibility of New York. All I can say is come hungry.

There are two ways to eat here. The first is at their 50-item gourmet salad bar ($39.99 without the table side meat). The appetizers come both hot and cold. Included are gourmet artisan breads, imported cheeses, smoked prosciutto, Italian salamis, grilled red peppers, Hearts of Palm, marinated Portobello, artichokes, fresh mozzarella, couscous salad, Greek olives, artichoke hearts, shrimp salad, lobster bisque, rice, beans, house-made salad dressings and many other specialties. For my salad I had a mixture of garden greens, the fresh beets, roasted peppers, artichoke hearts, hearts of palm and smoked bacon done in Brazilian vinaigrette. Everything was exceedingly fresh, especially the beets which tasted like they had just come from the garden. I would have been happy to have just dined on the salad bar alone. I didn’t go back for seconds because I was warned what was coming.

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One of the skewers of meat

The meat portion is $59.99 and includes the salad bar. The way it works is you have a disk that when it is green be prepared to have various cuts of meat descend. Gauchos with skewers of seasoned beef, lamb, pork, chicken and Brazilian sausages come at you in an alarming rate. The good news is you get to tell them how big or little you want them to cut your slice. My favorite was the flank steak, which was done to perfection. The legs of lamb was also succulent. This is a meat lovers dream restaurant.

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The dining room

If that weren’t enough, authentic side dishes of garlic-mashed potatoes, Brazilian cheese bread and sweet fried bananas are offered to the table. The mashed potatoes were divine and my guest devoured the plantains.

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The outside

Though we did not indulge in alcohol, Texas de Brazil has an award-winning wine list with freshly-made signature cocktails. Had both my guest and I not been on a alcohol free evening, we would have tried the Caipirinha, which is the local cocktail of Brazil.

Even though we could not finish what was on our plates, we did go for one of the decadent dessert selections. I am a Key Lime Pie fanatic and this pie was worthy of 3 stars. I have yet to have given out 4.

This is the perfect place for a private party or to bring a large group as the dinning room is spacious with their deep red walls, soaring ceilings, oversized hanging mirrors and colorful, lush floral arrangements. The servers are personable and friendly, which made the whole experience a pleasant one.

Both my guest and I have been to Brazil. As a matter of fact David is married to a Brazilian. We both came back with the knowledge that Brazil has some of the freshest food in the world. It is clean, healthy and abundant. Texas de Brazil reminded us of just how much we love Brazilian food and its people.