After a couple of bad experiences at a Brazilian Steakhouse in the past I decided to ignore the Brazilian Steakhouse that’s around the block from my house. When I moved to Las Vegas my feelings against Brazilian Steakhouses were very negative. I basically forced myself to forget that Via Brasil existed even though I pass it almost every day. That changed about a month ago when it was I saw Via Brasil in an email.
It’s easy for me to forget about restaurants that aren’t in casinos. I’m in a casino a few times a week and will usually eat at a casino restaurant if I’m not in the mood to eat at home. A couple of weeks ago I finally decided to drive around the block to a restaurant I’ve neglected for years and I’m glad I did.
The concept of a rodizio at a Brazilian steakhouse should be up everyone’s ally. It’s all the meat you can eat for one price. Via Brasil’s rodizio menu’s start at $39.99 (15 meats) but we went for the Rodizio Sterling Menu with costs $49.99. Check out the menu of meats:
1. Picanha (Top Sirloin)
2. Prime Rib
3. Chicken Drumsticks
4. Flank Steak
5. Brazilian Pork
6. Brazilian Sausage
8. Garlic Steak
9. Sweet & Tangy Chicken
10. Turkey wrapped in Bacon
12. Filet Wrapped in Bacon
13. Chicken Breast*
14. Chicken Hearts*
15. Beef Short Ribs
16. BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs
17. NY Steak
19. Leg of Lamb
20. Lamb Chops
21. Grilled Shrimp
All Dinner Menus come with choice of 18 Made-To-Order Sides served family style and a salad bar. Since those are usually foods that get in the way of the meats we only shared a couple of sides and focused on the meat. That’s a positive EV move for any all you can eat deal.
I don’t eat fish and I don’t eat hearts so I probably had 18 different meats. Let me repeat that I ate 18 DIFFERENT MEATS. Here’s a sample:
The sliced Beef Short Rib at the bottom of the photo was probably the best meat of all. It melted on my tongue. I could probably eat a pound of that alone. (Please no comments on the picture of the chicken)
To my surprise the “No More Meat” sign appeared repeatedly throughout the night. I didn’t expect to use it until I was about to pass out from too much food. However…
…the service was so fast that we needed to stop the incoming meat so we could eat for and breath for a few minutes. More important than the fast service was the knowledge of every piece of meat by the staff. There wasn’t a piece of meat that wasn’t perfectly described.
That smile above is as infectious as the delicious meats coming by every few minutes. Every table at Via Brasil was having a great time and laughing. Fidel (not shown) was our head waiter and could not have been nicer or done a better job explaining the different foods available.
Dinner wrapped up with a decent cup of coffee and some ice cream.
The reason I avoided Via Brasil was because previous Brazilian Steakhouse meals left me feeling bloated and not well the next morning. Maybe the meats weren’t cooked properly or maybe they had too much salt.
Via Brasil tasted great and I felt like a million bucks after dinner despite a little gas. I felt great the next day. The day after I was ready to return to Via Brasil.
A rodizio meal at a Brazilian steakhouse isn’t the kind of meal you want all the time. While the food might be delicious there’s just too much food to eat regularly. Unlike some other Brazilian steakhouses you don’t have to eat a rodizio meal at Via Brasil. They have normal meals, happy hour, cookouts, brunch and can be a normal restaurant if that’s the experience you prefer. In fact, my next visit will probably be for Happy Hour.
Follow Via Brasil on twitter to see what specials or events they have coming up.
Disclaimer: This was a rare comp meal but my thoughts are how I really feel.