Rio de Janeiro
Tel: 55 21 3202 9158
Concierge.com's insider take:
This churrascaria chain is a hungry-man institutionafter all, the name charmingly translates into "big pig." Come starving, and don't burn out too soon. First up is a massive buffet "salad" bar, with cold cuts, sushi, hearts of palm, salad, cheeses, and seafood casseroles. Meanwhile, waiters push around carts of drinks and make fresh juice-and-alcohol concoctions. Then come the meats, delivered tableside: pork, chicken wrapped with bacon, chicken hearts, all manner of beef preparations (including a sumptuous cheese-rubbed one). The best cut of all is picanhathe equivalent of filet mignon. Sides include black beans, french fries, farofa, onion rings, and cheese balls. You can only stop the onslaught by flipping your coaster from the green side to the red. Except for drinks and dessert, it's all included in the per-person price. Don't plan anything afterwardexcept a nap. There are locations throughout the city, but this one, in Ipanema, is consistently the best.
Open Mondays through Thursdays noon to midnight, Fridays and Saturdays noon to 12:30 am, and Sundays noon to 11 pm.