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Texas de Brazil opens its doors to meat lovers

There's no shortage of steak options in the Westshore business district. Most of the top chains are there -- the Palm, Fleming's, Ruth's Chris, Shula's, Charley's, Capital Grille. There's even a Brazilian churrascaria called Boizao, serving all the meat you can eat.

But apparently you can never have too much meat.

Texas de Brazil opens Wednesday, an upscale version of Boizao just five blocks away, serving churrascaria for $42.99 a person, including a 50-item salad bar.

It's the 18th link in a fast-growing chain of restaurants based in Dallas. Seven more will open in the next month, from Puerto Rico to Salt Lake City.

Evandro Caregnato, the culinary director for the chain who said he was the first employee in 1998, seems unconcerned about competition from the plethora of steak houses in the area.

"I'm a gaucho. What we do here is what we do in Brazil,'' he said. "We don't care too much about them.''

While the ambience is more luxurious than Boizao, the atmosphere is more casual and festive than some upscale steak houses.

Waiters, dressed as Brazilian "gaucho" cowboys, bring an endless array of skewered grilled beef, lamb, pork, chicken and sausage to the table — 15 different kinds of meat in all. Diners flip a disc to signal waiters – green means more; red says whoa. Dinners come with the salad bar, garlic mashed potatoes, Brazilian cheese bread and sweet-fried bananas.

The salad bar sans meat costs $24.99. Among the offerings: lobster bisque, antipasto, seared tuna, sushi, rare cheeses, tabouli, coucous and much more. Desserts and hand-rolled cigars are a la carte.

At 187 seats, it is smaller than most of the restaurants in the chain (450 seats in Orlando, 700 in Chicago) but the location -- across Boy Scout Boulevard from International Plaza in a district filled with business travelers -- was key.

Now through March 31, a grand opening special includes two dinners, two desserts, two non-alcoholic drinks and a bottle of champagne or wine for $79, plus tax and tip.

Texas de Brazil, 4112 Boy Scout Blvd., serves dinner Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sundays, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Call (813) 871-1400 or tampareservations@texasdebrazil.com.

Texas de Brazil opens its doors to meat lovers 02/23/11 [Last modified: Thursday, February 24, 2011 7:15am]

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