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Brazilian restaurant Fogo de Chão opens in Boston’s Back Bay

Fogo de Chão is a churrascaria, Brazil’s answer to the steakhouse, wherein many kinds of meat roasted on skewers are sliced and served to customers tableside.

Photos by Brian Feulner for the Boston Globe

Fogo de Chão is a churrascaria, Brazil’s answer to the steakhouse, wherein many kinds of meat roasted on skewers are sliced and served to customers tableside.

The Palm steakhouse closed its Copley Square location last December, with plans to reopen on the Greenway in 2013. Its meaty karma lingers, however. This month, a branch of the Brazilian chain Fogo de Chão opened in the space.

Fogo de Chão is a churrascaria, Brazil’s answer to the steakhouse, wherein many kinds of meat roasted on skewers are sliced and served to customers tableside. Diners are given a chip that is green on one side, red on the other. Put it green side up on the table and chefs begin to arrive, skewers in tow. Turn the chip to red for a break, then green again when the table wants more.

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Dionatan da Silva, a gaucho, served Nichole Panico, left, and Tom Panico, right, at Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse in Boston's Back Bay.

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Anyone who has eaten at Midwest Grill in Cambridge, Oasis in Medford, Oliveira’s in East Boston, or any of our other local churrascarias is familiar with the concept. This area isn’t exactly short on Brazilian influence. But Fogo de Chão is more upscale than some, and many will be familiar with the restaurant from visits in cities such as D.C., Philadelphia, Dallas, and beyond.

The restaurant is all you can eat, for $28.50 per person at lunch and $46.50 at dinner. A salad bar is stocked with everything from greens and vegetables to cured meats and cheeses. There are sides such as the cheese breads pão de queijo, caramelized bananas, and rice and beans. To drink, caipirinhas are a must.

But the real draw here is the meat, with 16 cuts on offer: rib eye, bacon-wrapped filet mignon, lamb, chicken, ribs, linguica, and more. Turn your chip to green and let the feast begin.

Devra First can be reached at dfirst@globe
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