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Rio's Brazilian Steakhouse
127 South Broad Street Nazareth, PA 18064 (610) 614-1018 Cuisine: Brazilian
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Rio's Brazilian Steakhouse is exactly what it says it is - a Brazilian steakhouse aka "churrascaria". There is no menu here (save for the drinks and desserts). The service is rodizio style, meaning that passadores (meat waiters) come to your table with knives and skewers of different kinds of meat. Rio's has a wide variety of meats they brought to our table that night, and I've listed them in the order that they were presented to our table:
- Pork sausage - Chicken sausage - Filet mignon wrapped in bacon - Pork tenderloin - Turkey wrapped in bacon - Rump steak - Beef kebab - Spicy sausage - Beef ribs - Beef in garlic - Lamb - Skirt steak - Large beef ribs - Pork shoulder - Sirloin - Top sirloin - New York steak
My favorites from the list above would be the pork sausage (lean with just the right touch of fat to make it juicy), beef in garlic (an interesting twist to the regular beef taste), and the skirt steak (tender and tasty). For the most part, it seems that either select or standard grades of meat was used, like something you would buy from a Costco or BJ's. Is it terrible? No. But if you're used to going to steakhouses and restaurants that use nothing but prime grade, then you can definitely tell the difference. A few of the meats brought out, like the New York Steak and the large beef ribs, were extremely dry. Almost all the meats had a good flavor, but some of the cuts could've been a little more tender.
After you're done with all the meat you can consume, they bring over grilled whole pineapples and slice as many slices as you want to eat. The pineapples are initially glazed with sugar and then grilled - they come out really sweet and refreshing.
Aside from the meats, Rio's had a buffet section that I extremely enjoyed. They had beet salad, tomato salad, coleslaw, mashed potatoes, beef stroganoff, collared greens, beef lasagna, among other choices. There are two items that have special mention in my rating. The black bean with pork meat soup brought back great memories of my childhood. My mom used to make this dish called "caddios" which is native to my dad's home province of Iloilo, in the Philippines. It consists of little round black beans (called caddios) and cooked with pork knuckles. It's been years since I've had it, and it's nice to know where I can go if I need a fix! The second item I should mention is the Brazilian-style chicken salad. Rio's used shredded chicken and topped it with what tasted like strips of tortilla chips. Yummy!
I wasn't too crazy about the dessert. I had the Rio's Pave which looked very pretty (see photo) but once I dug into it, I didn't really care much for it. It tasted like the ingredients they used were for the diet-conscious - no sugar, not enough creaminess. But since I've never had a Pave before, maybe this is how it's really supposed to be?
Despite the so-so experience with the meat, I would still take my family back to Rio's. As I said, the food wasn't terrible. And at a price of $25 (when most places charge $45+) it's quite a bargain. I'm sure you'll find something you'll like from either the meats and/or the buffet and consume $25 worth of food! Plus I must say the service was efficient - the staff was very accommodating and warm. They're great with big groups and willingly take reservations. And as my family said when we went there, a good time was had by all!