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A Carnivore’s Paradise
“Would you like some crunchy chicken hearts?” Now this is not something someone hears everyday. Welcome to Rodizio Grill, a meat lover's sanctuary. Upon walking into this Brazilian steakhouse, located inside the historic Ice House of lower Downtown on Denver 18th and Wynkoop, guests are pleasantly overwhelmed with the mouth watering smells of their food. My family and I are frequent diners at this restaurant and we always leave completely satisfied. Next time you are looking for a place to eat, consider Rodizio Grill because of pricings and procedures they have, the service and atmosphere, and the delicious foods they serve. Plus, who would not want an abundance of meat to eat? Warning, this is not a place for a vegetarian.
Pricings and procedures are major components to what draws a person toward a restaurant. With Rodizio Grill, you have many options to choose from for what kind of meal you would like and how much you intend to pay. There are two different menu options at Rodizio Grill; There is the full Rodizio, which is having the unlimited access to the salad bar, rotisserie grilled meats, and authentic Brazilian appetizers, or the unlimited salad bar which explains itself and also includes the unlimited appetizers. The pricing for both options differs for lunch and dinner hours. The pricing for lunch (11 am-4 pm) is $18.99 for the full Rodizio, and $13.99 for the unlimited salad bar. During the dinner hours (4 pm- 10 pm) the full Rodizio is $34.99, while the unlimited salad bar is $22.99. It is a bit pricy, but it is definitely worth the experience you will leave with! Once seated, you will be given a tumbler to place on your table. One side of the tumbler is green, which means ‘bring on the meat!’ while the other side of it is red, meaning ‘I need a break!’ If you lay the tumbler flat that means that you are ready for the check and a wheel barrel to roll you out!
A friendly staff and atmosphere is a must for selecting a restaurant. Upon walking into Rodizio Grill you are greeted by the friendly hostesses who take down your information and get you seated as soon as they possibly can. After being seated, the server arrives within 2-3 minutes to greet you and get your drinks. They are very friendly and are there to attend to your every need such as refills and clean plates. All of the servers are well informed and very attentive, if they see that a refill is needed, they get another drink right away. The atmosphere of Rodizio Grill is quite welcoming. One problem that I do have with it is how some of the tables are a bit too close together. It feels more like a cafeteria than a restaurant sometimes, but other than that, the décor is fabulous. There are unique Brazilian works of art decorated on the walls that gives you a cultural feel of Brazil. The location of their bar is also spot on, it is away from all of the traffic in the main dining room but it is right next to the waiting area, so while you are waiting you can walk up to the bar and get refreshments, which is very convenient for many people. Overall, the staff and atmosphere of Rodizio Grill do a superb job making your visit welcoming and memorable.
The final and most important factor for selecting a restaurant is the actual quality of the food. Rodizio Grill starts you out with three appetizers; banana frita (cinnamon-glazed bananas), polenta (Brazilian corn meal), and pao de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread). The polenta and pao de queijo are excellent in my opinion, they are cooked to perfection, however, they are brought out to fill you up faster, so pace yourself and do not splurge too much on the appetizers. The banana fritas are unnecessary; they are almost always left untouched. They are very delicious, don’t get me wrong, but who wants something sweet as their appetizer to start out with? Rodizio Grill should consider serving them after everyone is done with their meal. Next comes the salad bar with oh so many options, but yet again set up to fill you up fast. There are your usual salad choices such as caesar salad and a house salad, but then there are unusual options such as quail egg salad and fresh strawberry salad. While you are there, do not get the usual, try something new the quail eggs are actually quite delectable. Here comes the best part, the unlimited access to all of the amazing meat! The servers walk around with meat skewers that have the meat attached to them, on the right side of your plate you will find a hand-sized set of tongs to use to pick up the meat. The servers will come around and ask you how you prefer your meats cooked and they will carefully slice a piece of meat that they think you will enjoy the most. During the lunch hours, Rodizio Grill serves twelve different types of meat, however once dinner rolls around they serve twenty-four different types of meat, so you really are getting your money’s worth. The most favored beef dishes at Rodizio Grill are the maminha (seasoned tri tip sirloin), picanha (top sirloin), and bife com alho (beef with garlic seasonings). The bife com alho is a family favorite in my family, however, the chef can go a bit too crazy with the salt at times. Besides the salt over-load, it is cooked to perfection and will literally melt in your mouth. The poultry dishes are very popular at Rodizio Grill, the guest favorites being grange agri-doce (sweet and spicy chicken) and coacao (chicken hearts). The chicken hearts do not taste as bad as one would think and are very small, so you can get it over with fast, they are served with a little bit of lime, so squeeze some on there, and you may be finding your new favorite food! Something unique and tasty that the servers come around with is abacax (pinapple), it is a fresh glazed and grilled pineapple that fulfills anyone with a sweet tooth, it is also a guest favorite at Rodizio Grill. If there is any room for desert at the end of the night, there are plenty of options to choose from, the problem is all of the choices sound tasty. The all time favorite for servers and guests is the rabanada. It is a warm cinnamon pastry with a creamy center and it is served with vanilla ice cream laced with caramel sauce. At Rodizio Grill there is something bound to satisfy any hungry customer!
Next time you are out with the family or friends and are looking to have a unique experience and lots of different delicious types of food, try Rodizio Grill! There are some negatives about the restaurant, but all of the positives completely demolish the negativities. Rodizio Grill has worked hard to serve such perfected dishes and is now opening up restaurants all over the United States. They have reached such excellence due to the pricings and procedures they have, the service and atmosphere, and the delicious foods they serve. So loosen your belts folks, and make sure you have extra money to tip whoever has to roll you out on the wheel barrel!
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