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Thursday - August 4, 2005

Carnivore heaven

Last night, a group of coworkers and I went to a restaurant named Chamas in downtown Durham. I had never been there, or to any place quite like it. Chamas is one of several Churrascarias in the area. For the uninitiated, a Churrascaria is a restaurant that specializes in meat.

We started off the meal with a selection of goodies from the 30-item salad bar. Although quite tasty, this is not why you come to Chamas. When you're done with your salad, it's time to bring on the meat. Each diner has a little coaster with a green side and a red side. Flip the card over to green, and Gauchos carrying an assortment of meats will stop by to fill your plate. You can have as much or as little of any variety that you wish. Of course, since I do not eat beef, I stuck to the chicken and pork which were all fantastic. In addition to the the chicken, pork, and various cuts of beef, they also have lamb. But that's not all. They have these fantastic little dinner rolls filled with cheese. Also they include mashed potatoes, and fried bananas to cleanse your palate between the various meats.

Finally, don't forget to try their house special, a mixed drink called Caipirinha. They're even nice enough to include a recipe here. A couple of these will really get you in trouble.......

For a mere $24.95, you should definitely check this place out next time you're in the area.

Posted by jcraven at August 4, 2005 9:03 AM