With its beautiful beaches and women and movies about dudes named Knockout Ned, Brazil (or as it's known in New England, Little Framingham) is a hard place to hate. And it just got even harder with the opening of Fogo de Chão, a Southern Brazilian churrascaria that's taken over the former Palm off Copley.
Anchored by a wall of giant decorative wooden casks and a 3,000-bottle, glass-enclosed wine room, the massive 320-seat space's broken down into a front bar/ lounge and multiple dining rooms (including a secret one hidden behind frosted glass) that boast slat stone & maple wood accents, amber onyx chandeliers, and a stunning three-panel stained glass window depicting traditional Brazilian gauchos (cowboys) doing whatever it is traditional Brazilian gauchos do. Chefs appear tableside to slice as much open-fire-roasted meat as you and your elastic-waisted Structure cargo pants can handle, ranging from sea salt & garlic-seasoned sirloin (Pinahna) and rib eye (Beef Ancho), to leg of lamb (Cordiero) and bacon-wrapped chicken breasts. Like a room full of people with multiple personalities, they've also got 40 different sides like crispy polenta, caramelized bananas, and warm pao de queijo cheese bread.
If you didn't bring your own Juicy Juice boxes, they'll wet your mouth whistle with Brazillian suds like Xingu Black Beer, 300 vinos, or a lineup of signature fruit-heavy caipirinhas made with cachaça, a traditional Brazilian booze that's hard to hate, until you wake up the next morning.
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