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A Spot To Beef and Meet

I took a lunch meating with a Hollywood buddy in May possibly, 2005.

We talked movies, and we talked meat. Meat, meat and more meat.

Tri-tip. Pepper steak. Garlic steak. Meat kabob. Navigate to this website jump button to compare the reason for this thing. Leading sirloin.

It's (very nearly) all about meat if you are at Amazon Churrascaria in Fullerton (in Orange County, Calif.). Churrascaria really are a particularly Brazilian mix of barbecue and steakhouse, featuring servers who roam the room showing sword-length skewers, each full of a chunk of meat, still steaming hot from the open-flame grill tucked to the kitchen.

Brazilian variations extend towards the decoration. A waterfall cascades down a wall facing the leading door. Crypto jungle-ruin sections, and faux jungle flowers cover the walls. It made me think of the kid-favorite Rainforest Cafe sequence, sans roaring animatronics, flashing lights and corporate-restaurant mega-merchandising.

A curious effect of the American Midwest characterizes the center of the large restaurant, which has served in former lives as a Chinese buffet and a Country Inn buffet. A salad bar of sorts, the kind common in Peoria in the '80s, harbors mayo-based salads, three-bean salads, tacky breads, some soups. And in one corner, the Brazilian treat of banana frita: ready banana pieces rolled in flour, deep-fried and coated with sugar. De-licious. Get more on our related article directory by clicking tyler collins.

Time for your booth, it's quite basic. Red oilcloth-covered tables, well-worn water goblets, a short set of Chilean table wines and the inventors getting the meat. So long as you keep just a little table-top red-yellow-and-green spindle turned green-side up, they keep carving. It's all you can eat, for as long as you can eat. (Put the spindle red side-up and this means end, already! Sideways means bring the bill.)

For lunch ($12.75), the fare on average is limited -- if you can call it that -- into a dozen pieces of giant chicken drumsticks, pig bread, beef and chicken cubes wrapped in bacon.

At supper ($21.75), the options expand to 22 different meats. All the beef you will get at lunch, plus dress beef, moist beef and pork bones, ribeye, lamb. There's roasted fish. And now the exotics are available in. Alligator, goose, quail, chicken heart.

The scent of smoky meat fills the space, and according to your sensibilities, it is both delectable or over-powering.

None of it will come as a surprise. You know what you are obtaining the moment you move in to the parking lot.

One particular large photo banners hangs to the exterior wall facing the parking lot. A cheerful beef server manhandles a skewer. Several other whole skewers loom close to him. Barbecue odors, richer than whatever wafts over your garden fence, fill the air.

My companion (who introduced me to this place-that we have come to call ``that meat palace'' while we were each in our Atkins Diet phase) and I loved the scent outside and in. Discover further on the affiliated article - Click here: My partner, who joined me for a dinner, was firmly within the overpowered camp.

She like-d the skirt steak and the ribeye, but six or eight servings of different foods later, she was full and all set to go. She waited patiently for me to sort out the meat rib -- as beautiful as any perfect rib I have had -- the quail, the alligator, the rabbit, the chicken.

For her patience, she rewarded herself with a chocolate cheesecake served from a moving cart by Jessica, the ``dessert girl'' -- another interested Midwestern feel -- and we split a pineapple sorbet that was a perfect cap to my gorging: light, creamy, cool and served in a hollowed-out pineapple husk.

Restaurant manager Roman Alcaraz says they've built a loyal following, among region Brazilians to be sure -- perhaps it is the caipirinha cocktails, a kind of Brazilian margarita made with cachaca, a type of Brazilian rum -- but in addition in the full melange of Orange County's several immigrants, be they Asian, Latin or Illinoisan.

Manager Kent Choy, a CPA in La' Koreatown, got the concept for Amazon from the customer, and in December 2002 it opened as the only one-of its kind in Orange County. A number of churrascaria serve La County, and the staff in Fullerton hears rumors of a player arriving at Irvine.

But for now, it's a singular sort of experience, a good spot to meat a pal..