Texas de Brazil is a churrascaria that combines Brazilian cuisine and Texas‑sized hospitality, with an all-you-can-eat selection of grilled meats and salads. The meats are slow-roasted, carved tableside by “gauchos,” and served from sword-like skewers, with fried bananas as a delectable “palate cleanser,” which of course don’t cleanse anything. But the servers keep coming until you’re sated. Picanha, flank steak, lamb chops, and pork loin are the cuts of choice; options include Brazilian sausage and Parmesan chicken drumettes. Start with a caiparinha, Brazil’s national cocktail, traditional‑style or in flavors such as coconut. Then head to the elaborate salad bar for your choice of at least 50 items such as lobster bisque, jalapeño shrimp, and black‑bean stew; desserts are a la carte, with a dozen choices. This Irvine location is the 20-year‑old chain’s first in California. Culinary director Evandro Caregnato is the author of “Churrasco: Grilling the Brazilian Way.” Lunch, $30; dinner, $50; salad bar-only, $30.
Irvine Marketplace, 13772 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 949‑209‑1500, texasdebrazil.com