By Lindenberg Junior

The success of the Brazilian B.B.Q specialist Pampas Grill in the famous landmark Farmers Market located on Third Street corner of Fairfax Ave in Los Angeles have inspired the owners Cezar Brelaz (from Manaus) and Francisco Carvalho (from Belo Horizonte) to open years ago the Pampas Grill 2 located at the Culver Center Plaza on Venice Blvd corner with Overland Blvd. A third Pampas opened on October (2017) and is located in Burbank where was before, the Picanha Restaurant.

The pioneer of Brazilian Food “Pay by the Pound” system in California is an excellent option for those that need a fast food system while having a great gourmet experience. Pampas Grill offers the authentic Brazilian Barbecue and the traditional meat variety, beside the buffet that includes the traditional feijoada and delicious meatless options.

Just grab a tray and pile on the salads, entrees and meats. It may just be the world’s best fast food for the hungry, the health conscious and the indecisive. The original or first one, located inside the Farmers Market and set up as a semi-open air stall, where you grab a plate or to-go container and run the self-serve gauntlet piling up plenty of salad bar options like hearts of palm or marinated eggplant with olives and potatoes then move onto the hot items including fried yucca, sweet fried plantains, cheesy bread, creamy chicken stroganoff, garlic collard greens, stewed fish, chicken stroganoff, black beans and garlic toast.

Just about the time you realize you’ve finish and reach the end of the line, you face up with white-clad gauchos serve up your requests for hot “churrascaria” style meat (Brazilian BBQ). There’s crispy skinned garlic and spicy chicken, bacon wrapped brochettes, chunks of seasoned beef filet, thin sliced beef tenderloin and buttery flavorful lamb you can request rare. It’s a carnivore’s paradise and cooked over open flame, relatively healthy since most of the fats sear and drip away ensuring juicy delicious meat. The whole shebang goes onto a scale and you weigh and pay.

Average plates seem to run about $10 to $15. The Pampas Grill 2 located at 3857 at Overland Ave, between Venice and Washington Blvd, serve beer & wine and close late than 9pm as at the Farmer Market location. The Pampas Grill in Culver City also offers a happy hour from 3pm to 5pm with an average 20% off from the regular price. The third restaurant opened Thursday, October 12, in Burbank and is located at 269 East Palm Ave, Burbank, CA 91502. The new restaurant have a full bar and is in schedule to have live entertainment soon on weekends.

For sure, a must to go for a “fast and gourmet” Brazilian Culinary Experience!