My husband and I joke that we would like to retire near a city with a Fogo de Chao as it's our favorite restaurant chain. If you've never had the pleasure of dining here, it's a two course all you can eat feast (salad bar and meat course with sides). I generally avoid all you can eat places like the plague since the emphasis is usually on quantity and the quality suffers. NOT at Fogo de Chao. The menu is the same at lunch and dinner, but it is significantly less expensive at lunch. We have tried other Brazilian steakhouses in North America but none has ever come close to the quality of the food and level of service of Fogo de Chao.
I can't comment on the quality of the salad bar, since we always skip it to get right to the meats! Gaucho servers bring 16 different cuts of meat (beef, lamb, pork, and chicken) to your table and cut it in front of your eyes. Our favorite cuts are are the top sirloin and picana but the filet mignon and rib eye are not far behind! There are also garlic mashed potatoes, polenta, and carmelized fried plantains (the waiters will keep bringing fresh throughout the meal).
This particular Fogo is among the best of the almost dozen we've visited. The gauchos and head waiter went out of their way yesterday to make sure to accommodate our friend's extensive food allergies. They went over the details of the menu with him and then specially prepared lamb without wine or pepper as well as potatoes without paprika just for him. The gaucho servers learned which meats we liked and how we liked them prepared (rare for my husband and me, well done for our friends) and then brought those selections frequently to our table. I don't think I have ever had more attentive service at a restaurant in my life.
My only suggestion for improvement would be to add complimentary dark chocolates as a sweet for the end of the meal. Most Fogo de Chaos have small dark chocolate squares in a glass bowl at the entrance; the small treats serve as the perfect ending to an outstanding meal. Alas this Fogo had hard candy peppermints instead.
We will definitely be returning to eat here when we visit the Phoenix area again.