Picanha with tropeiro beans, rice and potatoes.
13 Red Flags To Look Out For At A Brazilian Barbecue Restaurant
By Hannah Rice
1. No Picanha On The Menu
The undisputed star of Brazilian barbecue is top sirloin, or "picanha" in Portuguese. It is an integral part of a churrascaria (Brazilian barbecue restaurant).
Back in the 1960s, this cut dethroned the filet mignon from its position as the most desired cut for a Brazilian-style grill out, as it has great flavor and a buttery texture.
2. More Margaritas Than Caipirinhas
The national drink of Brazil is the caipirinha, made by crushing limes in sugar to make a syrup, which is then mixed with ice and cachaça to create a citrusy drink.
A cocktail menu that serves assorted margaritas and just one type of caipirinha strongly indicates that the restaurant's owners aren't focused on sharing Brazilian culture.
3. No Skewers With Organs
Coração de frango are chicken hearts that are grilled on a stick and passed around the restaurant for all to try. They’re considered an essential part of a churrascaria.
If you notice that coração de frango is missing from the menu, it's a major red flag that a restaurant is not faithful to authentic Brazilian culture. 
4. No Grilled Cheese Skewers
Grilled cheese on a stick is a popular menu item that uses "queijo coalho," a unique type of semi-hard cheese from Northeast Brazil.
Brazilian cooks simply cut the cheese into cubes, skewer it, and cook it over a hot fire. This creates a hot cheese skewer that's crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside.
5. They Serve Typical American Hot Dogs
Many Brazilians love hot dogs, but they do not tend to eat them at upscale restaurants, like churrascarias.
If you spy hot dogs on the menu, you'll know the place isn't authentic. Chorizo and Bratwurst, meanwhile, are a sure sign that a steakhouse is truly a Brazilian locale.