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Monday, October 6, 2008

Rodizio Grill

Chain alert: This restaurant is a chain but its a ton of fun and you never leave hungry!

One note, I dont have many pictures here. I found out quickly moving servers slicing meat on your plate then quickly moving in a dim room makes for very hard photo taking.

Rodizio Grill – the place where meatetarians gather

For a meaty good time, you can’t beat the Rodizio Grill located on Wynkoop (http://www.rodiziogrill.com/). The place is buzzing with activity. Once you’re seated, your server will give you the lowdown for the evening. Placed on your table is this wooden red/green bauble, which they call the “cue”. If the green is placed up, that means food is coming. If the red is up, that means you are so full, you can’t eat another bite. If you lay the bauble on its side, that means you’re ready for dessert or the check. But, you can always go “green” again.

For those of you who haven’t been there, the meat is flowing freely throughout the room with the servers coming to you. All you have to do is raid the salad bar. Everything else is delivered to your table.

You start out with Bananas Frita (deep fried bananas that were delicious), and Pao De Queijo (cheesy bread - not so delicious, but really, you’re there for the meat-a-ganza).


The first server has Assado (Brazilian Pot Roast served with potatoes, carrots and onions) followed by the next server who has Coracao (chicken hearts), then yet another server with Peru Com Bacon (chicken wrapped in bacon). What an auspicious start. But wait, the meat keeps coming (put the green bauble down!). Picanha (sirloin), Tomate Grelhado Com Parmesao (fried tomatoes), 3 x 1 Chef Special (whole sirloin with garlic butter), Abacaxi (fresh glazed pineapple). Red!!

The servers have skewers and slide your meat onto your waiting plate. The top sirloin with garlic was our favorite; you could smell the garlic from across the table. But, we didn’t know what else was to come.

Green again. Sobre Coxa (marinated chicken), Linguica (pork sausage), Fraldinha (beef tenderloin, Presunto (glazed ham), Lombo (pork loin), and Peru Com Bacon (turkey wrapped in bacon). And we did try every single thing. The ham was delicious, moist and tender. I looked over once at my friend’s plate and it was overflowing in meat….he was the last man standing! The rest of us “meatetarians” had given up by then. We were saving room for dessert.


We had six choices for dessert. Our tummies were full, but our eyes were telling us, “dessert”. So, we had to try it. We ordered 3 for the table: Royal Brigadeiro Banana Sundae (Brazilian chocolate cake toppled with ice cream, sliced bananas, an avalanche of Brigadeiro sauce, whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles and a cherry! Rabanada (warm cinnamon pastry with a creamy center, served with vanilla ice cream and laced with caramel sauce). The last was like a key lime pie (sorry I don’t have the Brazilian name for it).


If you leave the Rodizio Grill hungry, you only have yourself to blame. It’s Meat-a-Palooza every night there with good friends, good food, you can’t afford to not go.

We all had a wonderful time and came away very stuffed and thinking only of salads for a few days afterword. As always thanks for coming by and if you have any questions or comments or just want to chat we would love to hear from you.

Barb and Jonathan

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  1. If you like Rodizio, you'll also like Texas de Brazil out at Stapleton. Similar format but bigger, plus a GREAT salad-plus bar.

    Claire @ http://culinary-colorado.blogspot.com

  2. May have to try it out some time. Lol but will be a while think we were both way over "meated" I craved greens for a few days after!

  3. I'm in California, but if I ever end up in CO, I will definitely check out your blog again for recommendations!

  4. Thanks for stopping bye! Hope to make it our to California sometime myself!

  5. You left a fabulous review of Rodizio Grill back in October and I was wondering if you've been there recently and what you thought of it now. (Same? Worse? Better?)

    My family and I had a terrible experience there and ended up walking out before we ever ate. We also noticed during our extended, thirty minute wait in their lobby (despite our reservations) that the server with food only went around three times. The straw that broke the camel's back were the dirty place settings four out of six of us had in front of us.

    We're thinking about giving it a second chance because some people have tried convincing us it was a fluke. However, I've seen recent reviews (2009) on the Internet that spoke of similar experiences as ours - including the fact that the food service was remarkably slow.

    In an attempt to get the real story, I thought I'd ask you if you've been back. Your feedback would be appreciated since you've been to several Brazilian Steakhouses and have a wider perspective than my family and I do.

    Thanks in advance for your time!


    PS - I apologize now if this message comes up more than once. OpenID was giving me a difficult time.

  6. Holly

    Hi thanks for writing us. We have not been back to the Rodizio since and do agree with your friends it was probably a bad night. That being said Between the 3 Brazilian steakhouse’s we have been to, Rodizio I would rank number three behind both Fogo de Chao and Texas de Brazil.

    I would suggest honestly next time you’re in the mood to give that kind of restaurant a try go to one of the competitors because yes a restaurant can have a bad night but you don’t have to reward them with a second chance with your money especially when there are so many other restaurants around.

    Thanks again for stopping by the blog and hope this answered your question and feel free to write again any time.

    Jonathan and Barb

  7. Thanks for the good advice! My father's a diabetic and steakhouses are really the only restaurants where he can really "pig out" to his heart's content. We thought we'd try something different in a Brazilian Steakhouse. We'll try your other suggestions next time.