My husband and I used to love to eat at Fogo de Chao for special occasions, but now that we have two small children we don't like to wander too far from home. Thus, I read some good reviews and thought Sal Grosso would make a good alternative to celebrate my husband's birthday and Father's Day. Boy, was I disappointed. The ambiance was not nearly as warm as I had expected. The music was too loud, the tables were small, and the seats were way too low. (They've got to be murder for really tall men to sit in.) My husband ordered wine, which was very good, but the amount they gave him could have fit in a shot glass. The salad bar was pretty good with a few standout items like pickled onions and a smoky bacon-potato dish. There were also some delicious cuts of meat- the lamb, the top sirloin and the filet were very good. However, there were a few cuts that were so dry they shouldn't have been served- namely the pork tenderloin and one of the cuts of chicken. When they came round with the cheese bread, plantains and fried Yuca we moved our plates so they could put down the bowls, but they didn't leave them on the table like they do at Fogo de Chao. Instead, the server gave us ONE piece of each and then disappeared for the rest of the evening! This was particularly devastating to me, because I love fried plantains and I was excited for my husband to try fried Yuca!
If we had money running out our ears, I might have been more satisfied with our meal. However, parting with $100+ is hard enough without knowing you haven't gotten your moneys worth. With that said, if you've got the money to spend then by all means go to Sal Grosso, but if you're on a budget like us spend your money wisely by keeping the babysitter for another hour and heading to Atlanta.
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