Fogo de Chão
1101 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Fogo de Chão is a well known Brazilian churrascaria restaurant chain that offers the unique experience of Latin steakhouse plus full table-side service all in a high end environment. It has successfully established a beachhead in the United States over the past decade, including this beautiful location in the US capital, situated just several blocks away from the White House grounds. This was perhaps the only pre-planned dinner I had on this trip (actually organized by another person). The rest were all ad-hoc due to lack of time and I might add, interest.
It actually occupies a good chunk of the first floor of an impressive structure, better known as the Evening Star Building, which is listed in the National Register as a Historic Landmark. When you see if during the height of the day, the building is impressive to even the non-architect with its classic French design and clean lines carved through the marble. Doing some background research after the fact, I’ve learned it was originally constructed in 1898 and was the home to a newspaper (not surprisingly, called the Evening Star).