Review: Rodizio Grill
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Sep 6 2012

Review: Rodizio Grill

Sometimes the best gluten-free meals are the ones that are spontaneous.  I had plans to meet my friend, Lindsey, for lunch last week at Sushi Rock.  I had never dined there and was excited because I just adore sushi.  That morning, as I was planning my day and viewing the online menu, I discovered that Sushi Rock was not open for lunch.  I sent my Lindsey an email and asked her to choose another restaurant close to her office.  Since she also has to eat gluten-free, she is well-versed with the options surrounding her workplace.

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A little more about Rodizio Grill:

Rodizio Grill is the first authentic Brazilian Steakhouse in the United States. It was establish in 1995 by founder and President Ivan Utrera, a native Brazilian born in Sao Paulo. Rodizio Grill is an award-winning restaurant featured in many national media, including USA Today, The Washington Post, CBS News, NBC News and others.

Today Rodizio Grill is a beloved and bustling restaurant, well known for its unique cuisine and excellent customer service where the guest is in control! Traditional Brazilian churrascarias found throughout Brazil consist of Brazilian Gauchos that bring a variety of skewered, rotisserie-grilled meats right to your table. Rodizio Grill strives daily to follow this form of service. With three-foot skewers of grilled meats carved table side, a delicious gourmet salad bar, homemade desserts, and specialty beverages, Rodizio Grill is truly The Brazilian Steakhouse!

Lindsey suggested Rodizio Grill for lunch.  While she had not tried it, she had heard through the grapevine that they did a wonderful job of handling all things gluten-free.  We were blessed with a very entertaining server who clearly understood what gluten-free meant and was happy to take care of us.  I was thrilled to learn of all of the gluten-free menu items Rodizio Grill offers!  What an entertaining experience it was to see the gauchos walking around with huge skewers of meat to slice off on the guests’ plate at each table.  The gluten-free items are marked on the menu and salad bar with a simple “GF.”  Imagine my surprise when I walked through the salad bar that was clearly marked!  I almost had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming!  And, if that wasn’t awesome enough, we were served some warm, cheesy Pao de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread) and Polenta in the shape of fries as and appetizer.  *I did ask to make sure there was a dedicated fryer being used.  How long has it been since you have had warm bread in a restaurant?  I think I can count one time in the past 6+ years that I have had warm bread in a restaurant.

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Doesn’t that look amazing?  I could easily have just eaten the plate of bread and polenta for lunch!  Both Lindsey and I chose the Unlimited Salad Bar ($12.99) for lunch.  There were so many options to choose from – salads, salad toppings, fruit, potatoes, vegetables and more!  My plate was ridiculously full as I sat down to dig into my feast.  I really wish I would have remembered to snap a quick photo of that before I dug in.  Everything was divine!  It is so nice to have a safe gluten-free option that is a little different from the norm.  There are even a couple of gluten-free dessert options that I hope to try out on my next visit, assuming I save room!

Rodizio Grill has locations in six different states with locations coming soon to two more.  If you have a location close to you, or happen to be traveling close to one, make sure to add this to your list of places to visit.  Such a unique experience!  I hope to go back at dinner time the next time I visit so I can experience “The Full Rodizio” complete with the rotisserie grilled meat.

Have you ever dined at Rodizio Grill or another Brazilian steakhouse?

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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