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Restaurant Weeks Pick: Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse

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Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse strikes the perfect balance between food, service, atmosphere, and price. This is especially apparent during Houston Restaurant Weeks, which was recently extended through the end of September to raise funds for the Houston Food Bank after Hurricane Harvey. The Chama Gaúcha team has created excellent fixed-price lunch and dinner menus to mark the occasion.

Photo by Chris Brown

A four-course lunch starts at only $20 before beverages and gratuity, with $3 from every meal being donated to the food bank. Choose among a gourmet cheese platter, shrimp ceviche, or fried polenta to whet your appetite, then revel in a salad course that includes choices like a creamy bleu cheese wedge salad or velvety lobster bisque. Entrees run the gauntlet from ribeye to lamb chops to grilled shrimp, and each comes with a choice of two sides – take our advice and make one of yours the caramelized bananas. A half-portion of dessert will send you home happy; standouts include the flan and the strawberry or papaya cream.

Dinner is $35 per person, with $5 donated. Each meal begins with a basket of pão de queijo, or Brazilian cheese bread, a pillowy concoction of parmesan and tapioca flour that resembles a miniature soufflé. Courses two through four align with those on offer at lunch – but the portions are bigger here, so those with large appetites will get their money’s worth.

Photo by Chris Brown

Complete the experience with a caipirinha from the bar. The signature cocktail of Brazil is kin to the margarita, but made with cachaça, which is smoother than tequila and more refreshing. Chama Gaúcha offers a variety of tempting flavor variations.

Review the full lunch and dinner menus here, then call (713) 244-9500 or head online to reserve a table. Be sure to mention that you’re interested in the HRW menu when you make your reservations.

5865 Westheimer Rd. // (713) 244-9500 //


Noah is a Houston-based writer and photographer. You can find him exploring Houston's restaurant and museum scenes with his wife or catching a game at Minute Maid Park. He and his wife serve local businesses through their digital content company, Two Cats Communications.

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