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Meat you there, Boise: New Brazil-style steakhouse opens today. It’s all-you-can-devour.

Texas de Brazil churrascaria brings the meats (and salad!)

Texas de Brazil churrascaria, a Brazilian-style steakhouse, opens May 1, 2019, at The Village at Meridian. The Idaho location is the chain's 63rd overall. It's the largest Brazilian-American steakhouse brand in the world.
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Texas de Brazil churrascaria, a Brazilian-style steakhouse, opens May 1, 2019, at The Village at Meridian. The Idaho location is the chain's 63rd overall. It's the largest Brazilian-American steakhouse brand in the world.

Grab your spear, Boise carnivores.

It’s time to press the flesh — and stab into some — at Texas de Brazil. The Dallas-based churrascaria chain will make its Idaho debut at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 1.

The rodizio-style restaurant is opening at 3525 E. Longwing Lane at the west end of The Village at Meridian. It will serve all-you-can-devour, fire-roasted meats in an upscale setting with an open-view grill.

Like Tucanos Brazilian Grill near the Boise Spectrum, the Texas de Brazil menu is proudly primal. Use your God-given incisors to rip and tear your way through filet mignon, sirloin, lamb chops, braised beef ribs, leg of lamb, herb-marinated pork loin, bacon-wrapped chicken breast, Brazilian sausage and other delicious meats.

Sweating, tree huggers? Chill. Texas de Brazil also includes a well-stocked salad bar. It’s not just a pile of lettuce and croutons, either. (But if you’re a strict vegetarian, be sure to ask questions, because some items include meat-based ingredients.) You’ll nibble on artisan breads and cheeses. Buffalo mozzarella and couscous salad. Brazilian hearts of palm, sautéed mushrooms, jasmine rice, spicy shrimp salad, sushi, lobster bisque, Moqueca (Brazilian coconut fish stew) and more.

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Texas de Brazil calls itself “a steakhouse even vegeterians love,” thanks to its expansive salad area. Texas de Brazil

This ain’t Sizzler (or Tucanos, for that matter), and the price reflects it. Adult meat and salad service costs $44.99 — or $29.99 for salad area only. During lunch, those prices include a complimentary dessert and unlimited non-alcoholic beverages. If you buy a full-price meal, you can bring along kids 2 and under free, 3 to 5 for $5, and 6 to 12 for half-off the adult price.

After you fork over the bucks, here’s your battle plan: First, tackle the salad area. Pile up the veggies. After you’re seated, flip a disc on your table from red to green. Room-stalking gauchos will dash over with skewers and fling carnivore sustenance at your plate: Meat. More meat!

Need a pause from the seasoned-flesh onslaught? Flip the disc to red. Don’t forget to inhale some of those garlic mashed potatoes they bring. And slay some between-course fried bananas.

Here’s more from a press release:

“Wine and churrasco go hand-in-hand, and an expertly curated wine collection includes vintages from acclaimed California and South American vineyards plus Texas de Brazil’s private label selection of six varietals bottled in Chile. The intimate lounge offers craft cocktails including the traditional Brazilian Caipirinha in a variety of flavors and a full selection of distilled spirits, beer and soft drinks including the Brazilian Guarana. Guests may enjoy happy hour Monday through Friday with special drink pricing and an appetizing bar menu.

“Desserts served a la carte satisfy those with a sweet tooth with selections including flan, deliciously rich papaya cream and Brazilian cheesecake plus specialties such as pecan pie, carrot cake, and key lime pie.”

Texas de Brazil also features “an intimate lounge and an impressive wine list. The restaurant also offers private dining space to accommodate up to 18 guests.”

Texas de Brazil was founded in Addison, Texas, in 1998. The Meridian location is the chain’s 63rd restaurant.

Hours: Happy hour: 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Dinner: 5 to 9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 3:30 to 10 pm. Saturday and 3:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Lunch: Noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Online: texasdebrazil.com.

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Michael Deeds is a columnist and entertainment writer at the Statesman, where he chronicles the Boise good life. Deeds invaded the newsroom as an intern in 1991.

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