The Best Thing at Fogo De Chão Is Actually Vegetarian – Thrillist

Fogo de Chão is a wonderland for carnivores. The rotating skewers of churrasco—or Brazilian-style barbecue sliced to order—have become synonymous with the chain. Each cut of meat is coated in sea salt and paraded around the room, leaving a mouthwatering aroma that fills the dining room.

Despite this, on a recent trip to a Los Angeles location of the churrascaria, I discovered that the prized meats are not the best bite to eat at Fogo. And no, I’m not here to say the signature pao de queijo, or bouncy Brazilian cheese bread, is either (although it is delicious). The best thing to order a la carte is the queijo assado—or grilled cheese.

Queijo assado is made with coalho, a squeaky cheese that’s salty and firm enough to hold up in flames, while still externally browning into a masterpiece. The one at Fogo de Chão is dressed in a malagueta-infused honey, which is both subtly spicy and florally sweet. The cheese is sourced in the U.S. and the flavor is fresh. The result is a dish that hits all the right notes: fragrant, melty, simultaneously gooey, and chewy. Each component works in tandem to create an experience unlike any other I’ve had at the Brazilian steakhouse.

“We launched [the queijo assado] during the summer of 2019. It was supposed to be just a seasonal item just to try—but it was such a success that we kept it on the menu,” explains Vanderlei Melchior, an area manager