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New Fogo de Chão offers authentic southern Brazilian cuisine on I-Drive

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Fogo de Chão, an authentic Southern Brazilian steakhouse will open March 15, 2012 on International Drive. It has been named one of Zagat’s top U.S. restaurants.

The restaurant’s unique dining experience is based on the centuries old gaucho tradition known as churrasco, the art of roasting meats over an open charcoal fire. A prix fixe menu features freshly grilled meats carved tableside, as well as an extensive salad bar and authentic Brazilian sides. Although meats are the primary focus, the restaurant also features a gourmet salad and sides bar with more than 30 selections, including smoked salmon, cured meats artisan breads and more.

The restaurant offers a 200-label wine list, for which it has received Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for the past eight years. Desserts include the restaurant’s signature Papaya Cream, made with fresh papaya, vanilla ice cream and Crème de Cassis liqueur among many others.

Operation hours and prices are as follows:

Lunch
$26.50 (Salad Bar Only – $19.50)
Monday – Thursday: Noon to 2:30 p.m.
Friday: Noon to 3 p.m.

$35.50 (Salad Bar Only – $19.50)
Sunday: noon to 3 p.m.

Dinner
$42.50 (Salad Bar Only – $19.50)
Monday – Thursday: 5 to 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 5 to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Children five and under enjoy complimentary dining while children six to 10 dine at half the prices listed above. Beverages, desserts, taxes and gratuity are additional.

The 12,000 square-foot restaurant has seating for 400 guests and offers five private and semi-private dining rooms for group events, meetings and wedding celebrations. Fogo do Chão Orlando is located at 8282 International Drive. For more information, visit www.fogo.com.

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