Food Reviews

Review: Fogo de Chao (Las Vegas)

I have wanted to try Edmonton’s Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse for a very long time but Mike was always against going because he didn’t think $50 a person would be worth it. For the most part, I agreed, but deep down I still wanted to try it. While we were in Las Vegas I saw a ‘Brazilian Steakhouse’ listed in one of the Vegas dining booklets and my desire was re-ignited! I figured, as with our Top of the World experience, if people can spend that much money on a normal night in Edmonton, why couldn’t we spend that much on a special night on vacation in Las Vegas?!

I did some Google research and Fogo de Chao came out as the top Brazilian Steakhouse choice. It had fantastic reviews on both Urbanspoon and Yelp, and a higher percentage than any of the other Brazilian steakhouses in the Vegas area.

Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse at 360 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas.

Fogo had probably the best service Mike and I have ever experienced at a restaurant. From the moment you step in to the moment you leave, there’s server after server answering your questions, making conversation, bringing out endless amounts of meat, re-filling drinks and side dishes, and just making us feel like we were royalty.

Inside Fogo de Chao.

For $48.50 a person, you get unlimited access to their salad bar, side dishes and MEAT! Fogo offers 15 delicious cuts of meat that are cooked ala “churrasco” – they call it the ‘Gaucho’ way of roasting meats over pits of open fire. The “Gaucho way of preparing meat” really is the way to go because their meats literally had us salivating, it was so good!!

Meat cooked Churrasco "Gaucho" style at Fogo de Chao.

You’re given round cards at your table that are green on one side and red on the other. If red is facing up it means chefs will leave your table alone. If it’s green – be prepared to get bombarded by chefs and food!

Yes please! Green means come to our table and give us more meat.

Chef after chef lined up at our table holding sword skewers of meat to cut for us. It was honestly overwhelming at times. At one point I accidentally flipped my card over to green to take a photo and then forgot to flip it back and in seconds a chef was at our table offering up more meat.

Gaucho chef cutting me some meat at Fogo de Chao.

We tried their “piacnha” (top sirloin), “alcatra” (top sirloin), “beef ancho” (rib eye), “fraldinha” (bottom sirloin), “costela” (beef ribs), “frango” (chicken, wrapped in bacon!!!), and “costela de porco” (pork ribs). I had wanted to try all 15 cuts but honestly you get stuffed – fast. The meat was juicy, tender, and so, so flavourful – all of the different cuts too, not just some of them! They also ask you how you like your meat done and then they cut a different part out for you based on that preference – and it’s a perfect cut every time!

Mike grabbing more meat at Fogo de Chao.

They bring out “pao de queijo” which is a warm cheesy bread that caused Mike’s face to light up because it tasted so good. You also get caramelized bananas, “polentas” (kind of like cornmeal) and mashed potatoes as your unlimited sides. (Apparently you can also ask for rice and beans and other side dishes but those are only brought out upon request!)

Crispy hot polenta, garlic mashed potatoes and caramelized bananas at Fogo de Chao.

As soon as it looks like your mashed potatoes plate is nearing empty – bam, there’s a new, hot plate of it on your table. I cannot stress how excellent the service is. I wanted to take some photos of the food and our chefs and the servers were completely happy to take part. There were some chefs that had meats that we had already tried and when we declined, they asked us which ones we wanted to try and then that particular meat was immediately brought to our table. The cornmeal side dish was honestly the only thing we didn’t really enjoy at Fogo, it just felt kind of flavourless to me, though we were told by servers that it’s a favourite for a lot of people.

Salad bar at Fogo de Chao.

You can go crazy on the salad bar alone but DON’T! because you definitely need to save your appetite for the meat. :)

My chosen salad bar items at Fogo de Chao.

You get your money’s worth at Fogo from the service to the selection to the taste of the food. The meal even includes dessert too but we were too full to try any! Although Mike and I don’t like paying that much money for our meals, we both agreed Fogo was worth every penny. The food tasted amazing and there was a ton of variety. The service was impeccable. The experience was unforgettable.

Delicious meat at Fogo de Chao.

We left Fogo de Chao completely satisfied. Mike even wanted us to go back the next day! I can’t think back to the night without having a huge grin on my face it was definitely well worth the money and a Las Vegas memory that I’m happy to have. Fogo de Chao is off the strip – so getting to it was a bit of a struggle (a very, very long walk! We realized after that we could have just taken one of the side road buses) but again, worth it!! Now we need to go to Pampa in Edmonton to see how it stacks up!! I’m just hungry thinking about it.

Yummy in Mike's tummy! Meat at Fogo de Chao.

So have you been to Fogo de Chao?! (Or any Brazilian Steakhouse?) What did you think?? If you’ve been to Edmonton’s Pampa, would you say your experience was the same as mine at Fogo’s?

Linda

Fogo de Chรฃo on Urbanspoon

Linda Hoang is an Edmonton blogger who writes about food, travel, lifestyle/events and pets. She's also a social media/digital specialist with a journalism background. Linda is in love with her city and loves exploring and promoting Edmonton and other places she visits with her husband Mike. Linda is also the founder of the Edmonton International Cat Festival (and has 2 cats herself, along with 2 dogs).

Previous Post
May 3, 2012
Next Post
May 3, 2012

2 Comments

  • LINDA-HOANG.COM » Recap: Las Vegas

    […] Las Vegas! I blogged about our experiences at the Top of the World Restaurant at the Stratosphere, Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse, and the Tournament of Kings dinner and show in separate blog posts – now this is just my […]

  • LINDA-HOANG.COM » Review: Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse

    […] we decided to finally go for it and try the ‘Brazilian Steakhouse’ concept. We went to Fogo de Chao and had one of the best dinners of our lives!! (Not […]

Leave a Reply

Instagram

  • Happy Alberta Open Farm Days! This weekend, 100+ farms/ranches are hosting open houses, #farmdinners, #farmtours and more activities you should check out! ๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿ’• Meet our local producers and learn where your food comes from. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป I spent the day hosting the @124grandmarket #GrandTasteTour with @sharonxyeo @mastermaq & @littlmissandrea! โ˜บ๏ธ We visited @the_bos_farm.rockridgedairy, Lacombe Crop Research Centre, @blindmanbrewery, Old Prairie Sentinel Distillery & #doefsgreenhouse! Then ended the tour with a delicious #farmtotable dinner by @ChefLiana & Chef Michele!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป I'll be recapping the experience on my blog soon. Stay tuned & be sure to check out some farms on Sunday!๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿท
.
.
.
.
.
#yeg #yegfood #tasteab #tastealberta #edmonton #edmontonfood #wheat #albertawheat #explorealberta #exploreedmonton #lacombe #shoplocal #124grandmarket #alberta #albertaopenfarmdays #abfarmdays #openfarmdays
  • The Vivo Pizza ๐Ÿ• at @vivoristoranteyeg is SO tasty! Pulled chicken, signature Vivo sauce, grana padano ๐Ÿง€ Tried a lot of great dishes tonight at #VivoDowntown (behind #MacEwanU) for their new #happyhour #aperitivo menu launch including this one. Good deals, Monday to Friday 3-6 p.m., and 11-6 on weekends too! It was also really nice to meet Vivo @ChefMedi. He's so passionate about his craft. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป And he put together a gluten-free ๐Ÿ• for @theporkgirl that was stellar! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป
.
.
.
.
.
#yeg #yegfood #exploreedmonton #edmonton #vivoristorante #pizza #pizzagram #pizzaporn #yegdt #chickenpizza
  • When you have a really good breakfast with really good people, you feel really good about how the rest of the day will go.โ˜บ๏ธ
.
.
.
.
.
#yeg #yegfood #exploreedmonton #edmonton #edmontonfood #districtcoffeeco #districtcoffee #breakky #breakfastbowl #yegdt #thursdayisthenewfriday
  • An Instagrammable Wall blast from my past! I used to work at @globaledmonton doing a bunch of things over a few years.. video editing, web producing, news producing, writing and helping people in the Troubleshooter department! Been wanting to photograph this wall for awhile now (#IGWallsofYEG) and finally did this weekend. โ˜บ๏ธApparently it's also a #PokemonGo hot spot lol. ๐Ÿ˜…
.
.
.
.
.
#yeg #yegsa #exploreedmonton #gloabledmonton #globalnews #grafittiwall #muralwall #murals #edmonton #yegarts #instagrammablewalls #yegmedia #alleyphotoshoot #oldjobs #blastfromthepast
  • I could make a visit to @lamar_yeg food truck part of my Sunday routine, oh yes I could. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿคค Excellent shrimp tostadas and maple orange pork carnitas tacos (unpictured ๐ŸŒฎ) today!! They are at Glastonbury Park every Sunday (unless there's a big festival somewhere else lol)! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป
.
.
.
.
.
#yeg #yegfood #exploreedmonton #edmonton #shrimp #tostadas #shrimptostadas #yegfoodtruck #foodtrucks #sundayfunday #mexicanfood #carnitas #tacos #lamaryeg
  • Had an awesome time touring Instagrammable Walls of Chinatown / east Downtown this weekend with my co-host @britl & this great group of people! There is no shortage of things to do in Edmonton in the summer so I definitely appreciated these guys choosing an #IGWallsofYEG #photowalk! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป This wall is called #ThunderBirdAlley on 105 Ave between 96 and 97 Street. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป Would largely go unnoticed for those walking or driving along 97 Street but definitely deserves some attention! Another walk is in the works for September, stay tuned! โ˜บ๏ธ
.
.
.
.
.
#yeg #exploreedmonton #explorealberta #instagrammablewalls #edmonton #yegdt #yegchinatown #urbanyeg #murals #grafittiwall #yegsa #yegarts #artwalk #instawalk #photography
  • Dreaming of gelato. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿง I was out in #SturgeonCounty tonight at the annual Sturgeon County Bounty #CulinaryCookout and this raspberry lime gelato from @davincigelato was lovely. The #SturgeonCountyBounty is such a stellar event - think Taste of Edmonton & Heritage Festival with awesome #tasteab food but more of a relaxed, less crowded environment, great portion sizes / value, that fresh country air and lovely live music! Mark your calendars for next year- add it to your summer festival list! Check my IG Stories and my pal @argenplath's feed for more scenes from the festival! ๐Ÿ˜Š
.
.
.
.
.
#tastealberta #sturgeonproud #yeg #yegfood #exploreedmonton #stalbert #gelato #summer #summerfestival #explorealberta #edmonton
  • A feast for dinner tonight with @littlmissandrea and our baes at the new Nara Chicken & Tonkatsu on the west end! ๐Ÿ˜‹ We basically tried their whole menu ๐Ÿ˜… and thought it was great! A pretty casual spot in a strip mall, with quick service, affordable prices, and tasty dishes! Welcome to the neighbourhood, Nara. ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป
.
.
.
.
.
#yeg #yegfood #edmonton #exploreedmonton #narachickenandtonkatsu #friedchicken #gyoza #tonkatsu #bibimbap #bulgogi
  • * * * G I V E A W A Y * * * 
The @UrbanDogBox, an #EdmontonMade dog treat & toy box delivery service, sent @OliveAndArtie a box to try and they loved it! ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ’• You can choose from 3 different sizes of boxes, and on 3 different payment options (one-time, three-months or six-months). All the box contents promise to be high quality and healthy/organic! You can check out the #UrbanDogBox at the @edmonton_humane_society's #MadeForPets market this Sunday (Aug 12 from 12-5 pm). And enter below to win a box to try for your #doggos! ๐Ÿถ
1. Follow the @UrbanDogBox 
2. Leave a comment on this post and tag a friend who might want a box! 
3. Head to my blog (link in bio) for additional entries. 
Note you must live in Canada to qualify to win! ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
I'll pick a winner by August 16!
* * UPDATE * * Congrats @amanda_doucette! You've won!! ๐Ÿค— Thanks to everyone who entered!
.
.
.
.
.
#yeg #yegfood #madeinyeg #makesomethingedmonton #edmonton #exploreedmonton #monthlysubscripton #dogtreats #dogtoys #madeincanada #purinapetpeople #petpeoleca #letslivebig
  • The best thing @mikethyking and I have ever done is get Thor. ๐Ÿ˜ป Which led to Loki. Which led to @OliveAndArtie. But this post is just about #ThorAndLoki because it's #WorldCatDay! ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฑ Can't imagine life without my fur babes. #LetsLiveBig #InternationalCatDay ๐Ÿ˜ธ
.
.
.
.
.
#purinapetpeople #petpeopleca #sponsored #meow #catsofinsta #tabbycats #gingercats #yegpets #tailsofyeg #edmonton #yeg
  • I had a lovely #longweekend with my family & friends! ๐Ÿ’• Today my mom and I travelled the world at the Edmonton Heritage Festival - checking out  performances & trying food from all over, including these lovely little #poffertjes from the #Netherlands! ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ We also tried @servusalberta's new mobile escape room. ๐Ÿค“ Check out more photos of our #yegheritagefest adventure over on my blog! ๐ŸŽช
.
.
.
.
.
#yeg #yegfood #exploreedmonton #netherlands #edmonton #heritagefestival #edmontonheritagefestival #worldinaweekend #weekend #edmontonfood
  • Meat sweats anyone? ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜… So excited Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse @eatpampayeg is expanding to south Edmonton! They're officially open Aug 9. Check my IG Stories / blog (link in bio) for a preview! I love Brazilian rodizio (delicious all you can eat rotisserie meat BBQ, served on giant skewers at your table!) plus salad bar.. plus unbelievable Brazilian cheese balls... ๐Ÿ˜ The rump steak is featured in this photo and is definitely my favourite of the 15 cuts of meat they offer! ๐Ÿ˜Œ
.
.
.
.
.
#yeg #yegfood #exploreedmonton #edmontonfood #edmontonfood #rumpsteak #braziliansteakhouse #rodizio #churrascaria #eatpampayeg #eatpampaellerslie #meatlovers #meatsweats

LINDORK