I took a lunch meating having a Hollywood friend in May possibly, 2005.
We talked shows, and we talked meat. Meat, meat and more meat.
Tri-tip. Pepper steak. Garlic meal. Meat kabob. Top sirloin.
It’s (almost) all-about meat when you’re at Amazon Churrascaria in Fullerton (in Orange County, Calif.). Churrascaria are a particularly Brazilian mixture of barbecue and steakhouse, featuring servers who roam the place showing sword-length skewers, each full of a bit of meat, still steaming warm from the open-flame grill tucked in to the kitchen.
Brazilian touches extend to the decoration. A waterfall cascades down a wall facing the leading door. Crypto jungle-ruin cells, and faux jungle plants cover the walls. It made me think of the kid-favorite Rainforest Cafe cycle, sans roaring animatronics, flashing lights and corporate-restaurant mega-merchandising.
A curious effect of the American Mid-west dominates the middle of the large restaurant, that has served in former lives as a Chinese buffet and a Country Inn buffet. A salad bar of sorts, the type common in Peoria in the ’80-s, harbors mayo-based salads, three-bean salads, goofy breads, some sauces. And in a single part, the very Brazilian handle of banana frita: ripe banana strips rolled in cinnamon-flavored flour, deep-fried and coated with sugar. Delicious.
Time for your booth, it’s quite simple. Red oilcloth-covered tables, well-worn water goblets, a short listing of Chilean table wines and the inventors getting the meat. Provided that you keep just a little tabletop red-yellow-and-green spindle made green-side up, they keep carving. To check up more, consider having a glance at: rent tour no rio de janeiro. It is all you can eat, for as long as you can eat. (Put the spindle red side-up and it indicates end, already! Sideways means provide the bill.)
For lunch ($12.75), the cost typically is limited — if you can call it that — into a dozen cuts of beef, pork sausage, large chicken drumsticks and chicken cubes wrapped in bacon.
At supper ($21.75), the options grow to 22 different meats. Most of the beef you will get at lunch, plus skirt beef, moist beef and pork ribs, ribeye, lamb. There’s roasted salmon. And now the exotics can be found in. Alligator, duck, quail, chicken heart. City Tour No Rio De Janeiro is a fresh resource for further about why to mull over this view.
The odor of smoky meat fills the space, and according to your sensibilities, it’s often delicious or over-powering.
None of it should come as a surprise. You know what you are getting the minute you take into the parking lot.
One particular large image ads hangs on the exterior wall facing the parking lot. A smiling meat server manhandles a skewer. Twelve other whole skewers loom next to him. Barbecue smells, richer than anything that wafts over your garden fence, fill the air.
My buddy (who introduced me for this place-that we have come to call “that meat palace” while we were each in our Atkins Diet stage) and I liked the scent outside and in. My partner, who joined me for a Saturday-night dinner, was firmly inside the overpowered camp.
She like-d the skirt steak and the ribeye, but six or eight portions of different meats later, she was full and all set to go. She waited patiently for me to sort out the beef rib — as beautiful as any perfect rib I have had — the quail, the alligator, the rabbit, the pork.
On her behalf patience, she rewarded herself with a chocolate cheesecake served from a rolling cart by Jessica, the “dessert girl” — another curious Midwestern touch — and we split a pineapple sorbet that was a perfect cap to my gorging: light, steamy, cold and served in a hollowed-out pineapple husk.
Restaurant director Roman Alcaraz says they have developed a loyal following, among region Brazilians to be sure — perhaps it’s the caipirinha drinks, sort of Brazilian margarita made with cachaca, a type of Brazilian rum — but additionally in the complete melange of Orange County’s several immigrants, be they Asian, Latin or Illinoisan.
Manager Kent Choy, a CPA in La’ Koreatown, got the idea for Amazon from a customer, and in December 2002 it opened since the only one-of its kind in Orange County. A few churrascaria provide Los Angeles County, and the staff in Fullerton hears rumors of a competitor arriving at Irvine.
However for now, it is a single type of experience, a great place to meat a companion..