Hello, hello! How’s everyone doing? Welcome to March. Are you ready for this month? I’m not, but that’s okay. Today, I just wanted to take some time to say a quick goodbye.
When I was little, I was a beggar for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Okay, that’s not what they called us, but that was our job. They had a bunch of “ambassadors” (me and other kids) whose job it was to look cute and get people to donate money to MDA for research and equipment and stuff to help people with disabilities. It was a great program when I was kid. Now, it’s more research oriented, but back then it was all about the families and helping people in need. It helped me and my parents a lot with equipment that we couldn’t afford at a time when insurance wasn’t an option for us. But I digress. MDA also introduced us to some really interesting people.
One of those people was Ed Baker. He passed away due to Covid a few days ago. We weren’t super close, but he was one of those people who just felt like a friend no matter how often or sparingly we talked to him. He always had kind words for us and amusing stories. Whether from his days with the Jerry Lewis telethon or whatever travels he had been on, he always seemed to have a never ending number of anecdotes and memories to share. And share he did. Aside from being an amazing human being, he was also a photographer. He gifted me a picture of a torii (Japanese gate) outside a shrine from a trip he took to Japan. It’s hanging on my wall and is one of my favorite things. With the pandemic, we weren’t able to meet up with him for dinner or anything. And we didn’t reach out nearly as much as we should’ve. But Dad and I will miss Ed.
I suppose we’ll just have to get that Indian food we’ve been promising each other for years now in the next life. Rest easy, Ed.
Howdy, howdy! How was everyone’s week? As promised, I’m posting a review of my birthday experience at Texas de Brazil. We went to the one out in Addison this time, instead of the one in Dallas. Check out their website (linked above) for locations near you! It’s a Brazilian steakhouse and churrascaria, so there’s a big focus on meat. As carnivores, Dad and I appreciate that, as did Ed Baker who went with us and is a family friend from back when I was active with MDA. I will say that this wasn’t my first time there, so this post will probably draw on my other experiences as well.
First, a reminder of my rating system:
MMMMM = Everything is magnificent! MMMM = Great, but something is off. MMM = Pretty good, but a couple of things could be better. MM = The bad’s starting to outweigh the good. M = Definitely more cons than pros. … = I couldn’t find anything nice to say.
First up is accessibility. They don’t have many handicap parking spaces at either of the locations I’ve been to, but they do have valet parking to make life easier if the spaces are taken. I admit that I like the Addison location a little better than the Dallas one because I can get in through the front door. The only ramp on the Dallas location is in through the kitchen, which is cool (I mean, at least they made it accessible in the ways they could). The Texas de Brazil in Addison did a nice job to accommodate wheelchairs. It can be a tight squeeze around the salad bar, especially at the corners (we had to ask a nice man to move because I couldn’t make one of the turns), but otherwise it was fairly easy to manuever around. The tables are a nice height, but they do have a small piece underneath that I would’ve banged my knees on if I hadn’t looked first. It’s easily avoidable, though. So, it’s accessibility is up to the usual standards around here.
Next is service. The hostess and waitress were wonderful. They both talked to me like a regular human being. The people who carry the meat around and serve it focused mostly on Dad and Ed. Only one or two of them looked directly to me when asking who wanted what, but since Dad grabbed a piece for me off of everything, it didn’t really bug me. In other words, the service was great where it mattered.
Now, the best part: food! Once you’re seated, there’s a huge salad area you can hit up as often as you want. There’re vegetables and cheese and fruits and fish and soup. It’s delicious all on its own. They do have vegetarian-friendly options in case you know some herbivores, but I’m not sure about vegan options. My personal favorites were the cheeses and some kind of pineapple dish that was super thinly sliced and sweet. It’s definitely got enough to fill you up even if you don’t want to eat the meat floating around the room.
As for the meat, I can honestly say it’s like a little slice of heaven. Waiters carry skewers of everything from beef to chicken to pork to lamb. There’s literally something for everyone. Dad loves lamb, I loved the parmesan crusted chicken and pork, Ed kept going back to the sausages. You can gorge on whatever you want or have a little bit of everything like we did. They even have a couple of sides (garlic mashed potatoes and fried bananas) they bring to the table despite the huge salad area. They also have bread. Be prepared to stuff yourself silly.
Texas de Brazil also has a fairly wide variety of desserts. I had the creme brulee, of course. Dad had flan, and Ed had the key lime pie. Everything we’ve had here has been yummy. They don’t have specialty coffee cocktails, but the bartender will whip something up if you ask, which is how I like to end such a wonderful meal.
Now, onto the thing no one likes to talk about: the price. At nearly $50 a person (not including drinks and desserts), it’s not cheap. But for everything you get, it’s totally worth the splurge once a year or so. Get dressed up and make a night of it with someone special.