Churrascarias are the fad du jour, which isn’t hard to understand—handsome men carving unlimited quantities of sizzling meat tableside is a powerful American fantasy. This place, little-noticed on the second floor of the Paseo, is actually one of the best around, more subdued than the wacky Gaucho’s Village in Glendale and with better food than Picanha in Burbank. It’s expensive—about $35 for the prix-fixe meal—but if you arrive hungry and choose well (i.e. tender lamb chops over the ordinary filet mignon), it’s worth it. The buffet is generous (salads, roasted vegetables, prosciutti, cheeses, garlic rice, bananas fritas), and the wine list is extensive. You won’t have room for dessert.
Paseo Colorado, 260 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.744.0555, portoalegre-churrascaria.com, Brazilian. L & D daily. Full bar. $$$-$$$$