Tucanos Brazilian Grill: "A Brazilian Experience!" Albuquerque Restaurant Tip by Bwana_Brown
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Although the exterior of Tucanos is nothing to write home about, it was a very enjoyable first-time Brazilian restaurant experience for me. The theme of the restaurant is serving food in the Churrasco (Shoe-HAS-Ko) style, where various cuts of meats and vegetables are skewered over open flames on long spits. Each spit has particular selection on it, varying from different cuts of beef, chicken, pork, fish, onions/peppers and even pineapple in a brown sugar coating. The waiter brings one spit at a time to your table to offer you selections from it, which are then cut off for each person at the table who wishes to have that particular item. By this method, there is a constant selection of cuts arriving at the table and you can chose to accept or reject each item depending on your appetite at the time. The table also has a wooden marker which can be stood with its Red end up - signifying to the waiter to hold off for a while, or Green end which says bring some more selections to the table. Of course, the meal starts off with an all you can eat salad bar to compliment the spit selections.
Favorite Dish: There is no one particular dish, you just try each selection that suits your fancy. The waiter said that having a few slices of the pineapple helps to digest the food- and it was also quite enjoyable itself! The one disappointment was that, strangely enough, they did not have any Brazilian beer! As compensation, being this close to the UFO paradise at Roswell, I had to settle for a very nice Alien Amber beer! The meal costs $15.95 for whatever you can eat, but again I was being treated by one of the groups organizing the meetings. The photo shows the waiter (at left) bringing one of the spits of meat for our selection.
Address: Corner of 1st and Central
Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: Beside the railway tracks at the north end of Downtown Albuquerque.
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