As my Grandma used to say, it’s just “good horse sense” to shun seafood in the desert. A more reasonable place in which to enjoy fresh fish would be any coastal community’s restaurant. Perhaps a bit myopic, Grandma’s logic precluded her from ordering chicken at a steakhouse. So if she knew I sought out churrascarias to compare salad bars, I suspect she’d gasp like the time I used a credit card to pay the rent.
But now, unlike then, I got my money’s worth.
The two churrascarias, Brazilian-style barbecue restaurants, in Glendale and Burbank are Gauchos Village and Picanha, respectively. Both restaurants feature gaucho-clad waiters circling the floor with skewers of sizzling meat, ranging from filet mignon and tri-tip to pork loin and lamb. With a green- and red-sided wooden indicator at Picanha, and a coaster at Gauchos Village affirming or declining more meat, the waiters gauge whether to keep carving or pass by your plate.