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Pampas: Brazilian churrasceria

July 10, 2009

Last year I took Boyfriend to Alexander’s Steakhouse for dinner.  I know how much Boyfriend loves meat but didn’t want to do a formal steakhouse again so I chose Pampas.  It is a Brazilian churrasceria and Boyfriend had never been to one before so it was perfect!  (Thanks Richard for the suggestion!)

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We started out with these little appetizers.  From L to R: fried plantains, cheddar bread balls and something else fried.  I don’t know what these long fried sticks were but they were good.  Not as good as the cheddar balls though.  I mentioned how good the cheddar balls were and the waiter gave me some to take home!

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We went with the “Rodizio” which includes the all you can eat salad bar and all you can eat meat.  There are 13 different meats to choose from and we made a point to try all 13!  The waiters come around to your table and carve your meat for you.  Here is the chicken and skirt steak.

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My favorite was the tri tip.  It came with a chipotle dipping sauce but I thought the meat was so good that it didn’t need it.  We were also able to choose from filet mignon, top sirloin, pork sausage, and a bunch of other meats.

We left the restaurant feeling uncomfortably full.  They brought out a birthday dessert for Boyfriend on the house which of course, we consumed even though we were full. (not the picture below)


We had a birthday BBQ for Boyfriend over the weekend and a friend brought us this delicious ice cream cake!  Happy Birthday!!

529 Alma St.  Palo Alto, CA

Quality and Quantity

March 6, 2008

Sometimes you go to restaurants and you have to sacrifice quality for quantity.  Or you end up paying an arm and a leg for quality but leave the restaurant still hungry.  Stonefire Grill isn’t a “fine dining” experience but I believe you get both quality and quantity at a decent price. 

I always come here for the tri tip dinner.  For about $13 you can get a huge salad, two breadsticks, and strips of tri tip cooked to your liking.  I also always add an order of garlic mashed on the side. 


Boyfriend got the Greek salad, I got a regular Ceasar.  I have never noticed this at Stonefire before but Boyfriend’s salad was drowning in dressing.  “Would you like some salad with your dressing, sir?”


The garlic mashed had green onions and bites of cheddar cheese for some added yummy goodness!


A close up of the meat.  I usually have leftovers.

If it weren’t for the waiter knocking over my entire cup of water onto my lap, dinner would’ve been a near-perfect experience.  At least it was water and not soda.  And we got a free cheesecake “to go” as an apology for water-on-the-lap. 

Locations in Valencia, Irvine, West Hills and Fountain Valley.   We went to 18727 Brookhurst St.  Fountain Valley, CA.

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