Dallas is well-versed in steakhouses, including the Brazilian kind, which should make things a little easier for Palmas Brasil, a new churrascaria-style restaurant opening in Addison this fall.
A churrascaria specializes in charcoal-roasted meats, with "rodízio-style" service in which waiters wander the dining room with meats on skewers, ready to drop a morsel when they get flagged by diners. Dallas has its share, with Fogo de Chao, Texas de Brazil, 12 Cuts, and Villa's Grill, among surely more.
Palmas will open at 14905 Midway Rd., #102, next to Rio Bravo, in a space that has previously been home to concepts such as The Bungalow and before that, Skewers Kabob House, and before that, an Asian/sushi restaurant called Firefly.
Palmas is undaunted by what has come before, says marketing and events director Victoria Delgadillo. "We chose Addison deliberately because it's so well known for restaurants," she says.
The Palmas team has experience in the cuisine; two of the chefs worked at Texas de Brazil.
Their stated goal is to spread Brazilian culture through its dishes, with a touch of Texan flavor on their menu. They'll be featuring 16 meats, a couple of seafood items, and a selection of sides.
- Brazilian Picanha, Garlic Picanha, Spicy Picanha
- Filet Mignon, Filet Mignon Wrapped in Bacon
- Leg of Lamb, Lamb Chops
- Flank Steak
- Brazilian Alcatra
- Brazilian Sausage
- Adobo Pork Loin, Parmesan-Pork Chop, Barbecued Pork Ribs
- Chicken Breast Wrapped in Bacon, Parmesan Chicken, Barbecue Chicken
On the seafood front, they'll have shrimp and lobster tail.
Soups and sides include:
- House Made Lobster Bisque
- Jalapeno Cream Soup
- Sauteed Mushrooms
- Au Gratin Potatoes
- Brazilian Black Beans
- White Rice
- Brazilian Cheese Bread
- Mashed Potatoes
- Sweet Fried Bananas
They also have a big selection of desserts including Brazilian Cheesecake, Brazilian Flan, Brazilian Papaya Cream, Creme Brulee, Chocolate Mousse Cake, carrot cake, and four pies: Banana Foster Pie, Key Lime, Pecan, and Coconut Chess.
A full bar includes a strong wine list and Brazilian cocktails, especially the signature caipirinha, which they have in different fruit flavors such as passion fruit, strawberry, pineapple, coconut, mango, and the original lime.
Delgadillo says that, while they'll incorporate all of the classic elements of a churrascaria, they'll also have a couple of points of differentiation.
"We'll have lunch hours, and some of the other concepts only do dinner," she says. "We're also a little more affordable than most."
Their dinner price is $39.99, and at lunch, it's $19.99. Sunday brunch is $29.99.
They're aiming to open by September, and no thanks to COVID-19, they'll temporarily suspend one of the key features of a churrascaria: the salad bar.
"You usually have a bountiful salad bar with dozen of items," Delgadillo says. "Some people come just for the salad bar and don't eat meat. But with the virus, salad bars are not allowed by the city of Addison. We'll add that after all this is done."