Authentic Brazilian Cuisine Comes to Boston: Fogo de Chao

Come prepared with an empty stomach

"Pace yourself." That was what we were told many times over before we visited Boston's newly opened Brazilian steakhouse, Fogo de Chao. If you eat too fast or too much of one item, you won’t know what you’re missing until the beef brigade starts passing you by. Brazilian “gauchos” come with a seemingly endless supply of skewers, loaded with everything from filet mignon to juicy sirloin sliced table side.

Our server told us about the 45-item salad bar overflowing with fresh mushrooms, tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, white rice, black beans and a variety of breads and cheeses, suggesting we take our time before being presented with the 15 different selections of meats.For an authentic Brazilian dining experience, start off with a cocktail known as the caipirinha — a sweet concoction of sugar cane, lime and rum — or order a few appetizers. Our server brought a bowl of garlic mashed potatoes, fried polenta and a batch of caramelized bananas we couldn’t get enough of.