The food served at Brazzaz, Chicago's Brazilian steakhouse, has a pretty beefy history. In the 18th century, when Brazilian cowboys known as gauchos weren't herding cattle across the prairies, they were roasting up skewers of salted beef for every lunch and dinner alongside hearty accoutrements like chicken, lamb and sausage. A few centuries later, the gaucho culinary tradition provides the basis for the meaty menu at Brazzaz.
You'll find the all-you-can-possibly-eat style of dining alive and well. If you're not a fan of coulette, top sirloin, bottom sirloin, filet mignon, rack of lamb or beef ribs, and if even an in-house, expert meat carver can't call out your carnal side, you won't go hungry. Swim through the maze of seafood selections at the restaurant's buffet: Calamari and chickpea salad, crab mixed with English peas, shrimp cocktail and even fresh sushi are all on hand. Meat-free options include the house signature wild mushroom and risotto as well as traditional Brazilian black beans and rice.
Varying shades of polished wood, midnight blue, hanging lamps and subtle lighting make this one posh place to nosh.
Note: if you're looking for an affordable meal for the family, children under 7 eat free here, and those aged 7-10 get half off all meals.
Average cost: $31+
Centerstage Reviewer: Jennifer Berg
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