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This is the newest location of the Brazilian steakhouse chain. Located in downtown Indianapolis, it opened summer 2008. It is fixed-price for all-you-can-eat meat servings, gourmet salad bar, bread, and sides. Liquor or dessert will increase the price of $44.50 for dinner or $27.99 for lunch. This is a carnivour's paradise, someplace to come when you've been fasting most of the day and are absolutely starving. While certainly not a restaurant to try if you are a vegetarian, the salad bar and sides are excellent and you could probably fill yourself on those alone.
The sides are brought to the table in small bowls and automatically replenished after they're about halfway gone. You have your choice of fried polenta sprinkled with parmesan (cornmeal strips similar to fried mush), cheddar mashed potatoes topped with chives, fried plantains (bananas), and small buttery biscuits which taste simply amazing. The salad bar definitely fits its description on the Fogo website as being "gourmet". There are several different lettuces mixes, an array of delicious house-made dressings, potato salad, chicken salad, smoked salmon, prosciutto ham, fresh mozzerella, fruit, marinated peppers and mushrooms, artfully arranged fresh vegetables, and also bread and fruit.
All of this is just a prelude to the star attraction here: the meat. There are 15 different cuts of meat, including 2 types of chicken, beef and pork ribs, steak cuts including filet mignon, sirloin, and prime rib, as well as lamb and pork prepared in several different ways, and smoked sausages. There are over a dozen gauchos (cowboys) in the dining room at any given time, offering slices of meat to you from their skewers. You control the flow of meat, whether they stop at your place or not, by turning your card (it looks like a coaster) from red--stop--to green--go! The meat is served fresh and HOT, and cooked to how you like it (rare to medium, or more). Each time a gaucho stops by, he tells you the name of the meat cut, then gives a description, and for the beef and lamb, asks how you would like yours cooked. For example, "Picanha...steak seasoned with garlic and sea salt...rare, mid-rare, medium...?" You then pluck a piece of meat from the skewer with your little tongs as he slices it off.
Although dress is casual and a dress code is not enforced, the place is frequented, even on weeknights, by downtown businessmen, researchers, and physicians from the nearby hospitals. If you don't like to "stick out" you'll want to dress a bit nicer (think khakis and a polo, not a 3-piece suit) and save the flip flops and gym shorts for a different evening.
There is a large wine list and mixed drinks, including traditional Brazilian drinks, are offered as well. On your way out the door, pick up a dark chocolate mint. They put Andes mints to shame.