Award-winning churrascaria, Texas de Brazil, opens Wednesday at the Optima Chicago Center. The new 7,000-square foot restaurant accommodates 220 guests and features a chef's table, an open-view grill in the dining area, and a signature wine wall and a bar/lounge area. Located in Streeterville, the new Chicago location is the company's 39th restaurant and second location in Illinois, joining Schaumburg.
"The Optima Chicago Center location is just steps away from Michigan Avenue, offering the perfect combination of upscale shopping, dining, and attractions," says Salim Asrawi, chief operating officer of Texas de Brazil. "We've had great success with our Schaumburg restaurant and we're thrilled to bring our unique Brazilian-American churrascaria dining experience to Chicago residents and visitors."
The restaurant's menu combines the cuisine of Southern Brazil with the spirit of Texas. At each table, Gauchos will carve an array of grilled beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and sausage, as directed by the guest's red and green disks that indicate when to bring more meat or when a break is needed. The steakhouse also offers an elaborate salad area, decorated by large tropical flowers, and featuring 50 fresh gourmet items, such as imported cheeses, charcuterie, Brazilian black beans, roasted vegetables, and creamy lobster bisque. Texas de Brazil also offers an extensive award-winning wine list, rich in South American varietals.