We recently took a trip to one of our favorite Chicagoland towns, Naperville, to dine at one of their newest restaurants to hit the area –  Fogo de Chao. We’ve been to a churrasco, a Brazilian steakhouse, before yet Fogo de Chao continues to be one of our favorites.  If you’ve never been to an authentic churrasco, it’s quite an experience – especially if you happen to love meat!

What is churrasco? it is the art of roasting meats over an open fire, and espeto corrido, or “continuous service,” which allows guests to control the variety and pace of their dining experience.

So how does it work? You’re presented with a card (think coaster) that you flip over green if you want more food. Then prepare to be stormed by the gauchos. If it’s red, they’ll give you a break and patiently wait until you flip over green.

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Nitty Gritty:

Websitehttp://fogodechao.com/location/naperville
Location:  1824 Abriter Court, Naperville, IL. Located in Freedom Commons, just minutes away from the highway.

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Hours:

Lunch: Sunday through Friday 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Dinner: Monday through Thursday 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday 5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Saturday 4:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Sunday 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Happy Hour: Monday through Friday 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (in the bar area only)

Price: Weekday lunch – $32.95, Sunday lunch $35.95, Dinner $49.95. Children 6 and under are free. Children 7 to 12 are half price.

Parking: Plenty of free parking

Highlights: 

  • Warm and inviting design and decor.  The centerpiece of the restaurant is a 30-foot atrium supported by four hand-crafted abstract interpretations of the indigenous Araucaria tree from Brazil.

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  • A cool open kitchen concept. We could see the gaucho chefs prepping and cooking the meats.

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  • Awesome sides. Garlic mashed potatoes, rolls, caramelized bananas, and polenta fries included. I could NOT get enough of the caramelized bananas. Yum!

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  • Unlimited meat. And it was all delicious. Some of our favorites included the lamb chops and bacon wrapped chicken. Heck, the kids even liked trying everything at least once.

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  • While Fogo may best be suited for meat lovers, they do offer non-meat options from their salad bar such as salads, soup, fresh vegetables, cheeses, feijoada (traditional black bean stew with rice, fresh orange and yucca flour), and much more. It would have been nice though to see more fruit options (especially for the kiddos!)

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Tips to enjoy Fogo de Chao:

  • Join the eClub for more savings. I received a $25 coupon for my next visit AND received a $25 coupon for my birthday. Woo hoo!
  • Come hungry! You’ll want to try all the meats, sides, and the salad. In fact, my next tip is…
  • Go to the salad bar first, or you may not have any room later.
  • Is the price a little too steep for you? Dine on weekdays or Sundays during lunch and still enjoy the full churassco experience.
  • Have younger kids? Those 6 and under are free and children 7 to 12 are half price.

Did you know?

  •  Fogo de Chão is pronounced fo-go dee shown.
  •  The Naperville culinary team is proudly led by Head Gaucho Chef Joacir Roscete, who first learned the gaucho style of cooking on his family farm in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina.
  •  This location is one of the first to offer a new Gaucho Lunch Menu
  • Looking for smaller plates? Their bar, Bar Fogo offers a more casual way to experience Fogo with shareable small plates, cocktails and daily Happy Hour specials in the bar.

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Bottom Line: 

The newest Fogo de Chao to hit the Chicagoland area did not disappoint. The service is superb, food absolutely delicious with a little bit of something for everyone – including vegetarians and kids! We can’t wait to come back

Still unsure of what to expect? Watch “The Gaucho Way,” a documentary-style video that is shot through the eyes of real Fogo de Chão Brazilian gauchos and explores the restaurant’s deep cultural roots in Southern Brazil.