Brazilian Steakhouse Fogo de Chão Carving Its Way Into New Jersey

Fogo de Chão will make its New Jersey debut at the Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus before adding two more in-state locations.

Brazilian Steakhouse Fogo de Chão
Fogo de Chão is coming to Paramus, Bridgewater and Wayne. Photo courtesy of Fogo de Chão

Fogo de Chão and its assortment of steaks are coming to New Jersey in full force.

The popular all-you-can-eat Brazillian steakhouse is opening its first in-state location at the Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus on February 13, according to a spokesperson. But the churrasco-style chain is not stopping there.

Rather, Fogo de Chão has also announced plans for additional restaurants in Bridgewater and Wayne, and both are expected to open later this year. The Bridgewater location will call Bridgewater Commons home, while the precise Wayne location has yet to be announced.

Fogo de Chão already has more than 70 locations across the globe, including restaurants in the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and, of course, Brazil. The company recently announced expansion plans in California, Florida, Maryland, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington and Mexico, in addition to its impending contributions to New Jersey’s sizzling steakhouse scene.

“We are honored that the demand for our unique dining experience in both new and existing markets remains strong as we continue to grow our brand on a global scale,” Barry McGowan, chief executive officer of Fogo de Chão, said in a news release. “Where there is demand, we will expand, and we are thrilled to bring the culinary art of churrasco to more communities this year.”

Founded in Southern Brazil in 1979, Fogo de Chão’s rodízio menu features various cuts of steak, including filet mignon, ribeye, beef ribs and the chain’s signature picanha, or prime top sirloin. There’s also medalhões com bacon, also known as bacon-wrapped steak.

Meat is butchered, fire-roasted and carved off tableside skewers by gaucho chefs at the restaurants, giving diners an authentic Brazillian steakhouse experience.

Other menu offerings include chicken, pork, sausage, lamb, salmon, lobster, sea bass, salads and more. And if patrons still have room for dessert, there’s an array of options, including tres leche cake, açaí cheesecake, crème brûlée, molten chocolate cake and papaya ice cream, a Brazillian favorite.

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