Seems in summer months we get to do some traveling with the old daddy-man. Not so much because we must, but because we can. On a previous trip he’d had a chance to try out a place called the Red & Green Steakhouse, and he loved it so much he committed to taking us there as soon as we could join him. Based on the name I expected Christmas, but what I got was almost better.
See there’s this country called Brazil, and apparently they have, in addition to energy independence, a whole culture all their own. One big chunk of it is their famous rodizio-style buffet where guys and gals come wandering throughout the restaurant offering up slices of hot-off-the-grill meats, simply for the asking, and wholly for the enjoyment.
But dinner is always a tricky time around our Perplexing office. We’ve got the meat-centric me, the impossible eldest Patrick (whose autism lends him to exceptional difficulty, as sweet as he is,) and bird-appetite Dominic whose tastes change as often his overnight pull-ups.
So what amazed us most was the fact the place had, not only the great food our dad had promised, but the exceptional variety that allowed everyone in our party to find exactly the snacks we were after.
That’s only what amazed us “most.” There was plenty more that amazed us to other degrees.
First off was the waterfall that cascades from almost out of sight in the sky, swirling ever-downward, with such a lulling, creek-like effect that upon hearing it I immediately needed help finding a restroom. Perhaps not the grandest compliment, but it’s a really cool waterfall and like nothing myself or my dad had ever seen before.
Another amazing thing is that it’s so spacious inside you can get a table very quickly on all but the very busiest hours of the very busiest nights. When dining out with kids this is a huge benefit because you know how strangers get when junior-folk like us get all rambunctious in their grills.
The entertainment factor of the dinner was really great too. If you’re a big enough kid you can help yourself to the salad bar, but if you’re a smarter sort of youngster, like me, you can just sit at the table and wait for the Gauchos to do all the work for you.
Every few minutes another one swings by with a skewer of who-knows-what, carefully cooked to perfection, lovingly massaged with seasonings, constantly administered to my plate.
If you love meat, and there’s little lack of evidence I do, and you want people to bring it to you, then you can find no place better than this Red Green Brazilian doo-hicky place..
The dining room is large enough that raucous after-work parties don’t spill over onto quiet family parties, and the wait staff are patient and gracious with families like us, so whatever you seek, assuming you like good food, I believe you’ll find it at the Red & Green Steakhouse in Atlanta.
Oh, and it turns out the “Red and Green” thing has nothing to do with Christmas at all. It’s actually more like a stop light. See they give you these cards you put on your table, one side is red, the other side is green. If the card is red they just keep bringing you more and more and more food. Once you flip it over, as if by magic, they stop asking you if you need more. No Santa Clause types involved at all.
If you’re looking for a bit of fun, like I was, try turning it to red when your plate is full, then back to green when you want more, and then back to red.
It’s funny because they obey the card and they don’t even mind!
The Red & Green Steakhouse is located at 5979 Buford Highway NE, in Atlanta, Georgia. You can call them at 678.710.0888 or just check them out online at RedAndGreenSteakhouse.com.