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Town Square

6533 Las Vegas Blvd. S.

Las Vegas, NV 89119

702-614-0080

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$25-$50

Mon-Thu 5-10pm

Fri 5-10:30pm

Sat 4-10:30pm

Sun 4:30-10pm

Brazilian Steakhouse

B+

AT A GLANCE

What is it?

Excellent Brazilian steakhouse with more meat than you'll know what to do with.

Where is it?

At the Town Square shopping center south of The Strip.

What kind of food is served?

Meat, meat, and more meat. Oh, and a salad bar. But mostly meat.

What is the atmosphere like?

Casually upscale.

How is the service?

Fantasic.

What are the prices like?

Not cheap but for what you get a remarkable bargain.

What else do I need to know?

Pace yourself. There's a lot of meat.

What's the bottom line?

Worth getting off The Strip for.

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FULL REVIEW

I'm a carnivore. Meat, good. But even I have my limits, I found out recently, when I visited Texas de Brazil and found myself practically slipping into a meat coma from all of the exquistely prepared, fantastic tasting selections offered.

Texas de Brazil is a small chain of traditional Brazilian churrascarias (steak house) where you get as much meat (and other stuff) as your stomach can take for a fixed price. Everything is served by wandering gaucho-clad servers carrying big skewers of finely grilled and roasted selections.

But before you even get to the meat portion there's a giant salad bar to get your appetite going. It contains more than 40 items including cheeses, grilled mushrooms, salami, prosciutto, Brazilian hearts of palm, shrimp, rice, soup, and much more. You probably don't want to over-indulge here because, as mentioned, the meat is on its way, but if someone in your group is a vegetarian there is more than enough here from which to create a huge and very satisfying meal.

When you're ready for your main courses, you flip a little card by your place setting from red to green and then, to steal a marketing phrase, "Go Meat."

The offerings may vary but the skewers the night we visited had filet mignon, filet wrapped in bacon, parmesan chicken, bacon wrapped chicken, lamb roast, lamb chops, flank steak, sirloin steak, pork ribs, sausage, picanha... there may have been more but I was lost in a meat haze at that point.

Everything was simply amazing. The filet was juicy and a bit peppery and the bacon-wrapped variety was as good as you'd expect it to be. The sirloin steak and the Brazilian sausages were also high on my list but I really only could find one sour note in the entire bunch and that was the bacon-wrapped chicken, which was just a touch dry on the inside. But that's one of the great things about this kind of execution - if you don't like one thing there's about 12 others to choose from and lots of it.

As mentioned, the meat is served by wandering "guachos" with giant skewers of meat, so you can control how much you are getting. I highly recommend taking small samples of a bunch of different things and then asking for more of the ones you really like.

And if you get really overwhelmed (as I did several times) you can simply flip your card back over to red and the servers bypass your table. Get your second wind and you flip it back to green. You can keep doing this as long as you can keep eating.

A side of garlic mashed potatoes, sweet fried bananas (good palate cleansers), and cheese bread (really more like stuffed dumplings) accompany every meal.

A full selection of desserts - carrot cake, pecan pie, chocolate mousse cake, Bananas Foster pie, and more - is also available if you have any room left over but it is not included in the meal price. Ditto drinks (they have a full bar and extensive wine collection), tax, and gratuity.

The cost for this meat extravaganza is right around $50 per person, which is a terrific deal compared to the cost of most steakhouses in Las Vegas. That's what you'd pay for one ala carte steak at most places on The Strip and here you get that salad bar, sides, and all the meat you can eat.

Note they are now open for lunch Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with most of the same offerings for about half the cost. Come hungry.

The service was elegant and attentive and the surroundings are also lovely - upscale Brazilian traditional with dark woods, iron detail work, soft lighting, and splashes of vibrant colors.

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