Those who enjoy the attentions of their food servers will LOVE Rodizio Grill.
After an enthusiastic greeting by the hostess, your party gets seated at a table or booth within a dining room adorned with paintings from the beautiful beaches and mountains of Brazil, and just a short trip to the buffet line of fruits, salads, vegetables and breads, some familiar American dishes, but many unique to or influenced by our Portuguese speaking neighbors of South America.
For instance, white rice is common everywhere, but the black beans you pour on top were cooked with several types of pork, sausage (linguica), or other meats and spices loved by the country people of southern Brazil. This is traditionally topped with a generous sprinkling of a course ground flour like substance called "farofa" (toasted cassava or manioc flour).
On the table in front of you is a small wooden spindle painted red on one end and green on the other. Stand this upright with the green end upwards, and you will begin receiving periodic visits by gaucho's (pronounced "gah-oush'-oohs" in Brazil, or "gauche'-oohs" by Spanish speakers). They come armed with a sword on which is skewered a type of meat, and a sharp knife. After informing you what meat they are presenting, they await your gesture or statement about whether you would like to try some of their offering. If you say, yes, they will begin carving off a slice, and wait while you pick up your tongs and catch hold of the free end of the meat prior to their completely detaching the piece for you.
Every couple of minutes, another gaucho (dressed in traditional boots, pants and shirt of the Brazilian cowboy) arrives with a different meat, or sausage, or glazed pineapple (you simply must try the pineapple).
When you feel the need for a break from this attention, turn the spindle red side up and they will skip your table, until you turn the green back on top. Then when you are finished with your meal and ready for desert and the check, lay the spindle on its side.
During your meal, you are serenaded with Brazilian music softly playing. Mostly Samba music, with some other more recent popular tunes from Brazil.
Should you mention that a member of your party is celebrating a birthday, you will be treated to the birthday tune sung with Portuguese lyrics. Feel free to join in the singing.
Yes, you will enjoy good food, good fun, and a welcoming Brazilian hospitality (since many of the workers there are from Brazil, or at least have lived there for a number of years). If you are receptive, you may even receive an abraco (hug) or beijo (cheek kiss) as a sign of friendship.
Take your time, relax, and enjoy being pampered as you tantalize your tastebuds, and satisfy your stomach with Brazilian foods served authentically in Brazilian hospitality style at your nearby Rodizio Grill.
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