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Unless you are a vegetarian, no trip to Brazil is complete without a meal at a Churrascaria! What is a Churrascaria? It is a restaurant where food is cooked on a pit or grill, and then the waiters go from table to table with knives and skewers, slicing various kinds of meat, be it beef, pork, sausage, or chicken (or even a local delicacy, chicken hearts) as well as big chunks of pineapple grilled with cinnamon.
So, on our first day in Foz do Iguaçu – when Jeff (IndulgetheWanderlust on Twitter) who was in Foz do Iguacu at the same time, said our mutual friends, Andre and Jameson recommended Churrascaria do Gaucho, we quickly agreed to go there.
Churrascaria do Gaucho is a fairly large restaurant, situated in the center of town. In addition to the rounds of sizzling skewered meat, there was a large all-you-can-eat buffet included in the price of the meal. With the strength of the US Dollar, or more likely the weakness of the Brazilian Real, the meal was a steal. The base all-inclusive price was less than US $10. Add beers and/or caipirinhas, and maybe the huge delicious meal costs $15.
The atmosphere was festive, and the food was great. In all the photos I took, I’d say 80% of the people had food in their mouths. Yes, it was a bit of a food orgy.
The buffet had both hot and cold foods, with very fresh salad items.
I tried to balance my meal with salad items, whereas the men dug right into the meats:
Here come ‘da skewers!
Everyone looked happy in the restaurant.
I must confess: the meal was so good, we went back not only a second night, but also a third night. Honestly, we should have quit at two, as neither the food nor the service on that last third night compared to the first two nights.
Won’t Run loved the place so much, he kissed the statue goodbye when we left
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