Carmine’s Brazilian Grill recently opened on lower Sheridan Avenue, where the Big House used to be. (Yes, I just dated myself.) It doesn’t look like much from the outside. Inside is very cozy, with low lighting, wood tables, and really good music.
We had a big party, nine of us in all, and they put us at a giant table in the back corner. Carmine himself showed us to our table, they brought the chef out, and she handled our food allergies. Our server took our drink orders and we hit “the starter bar.” A dozen different salads (harari potato and asparagus, Mediterranean chick peas, lettuce wedges), a variety of soups (veggies, meat, seafood), and jalapeño cornbread.
On the table were four “sauces,” a green mojo sauce (lime and cilantro?), a special salt, roasted spanish tomato salsa, and molasses and barbecue sauce.
We tried numerous meats. A few chickens, including one wrapped in bacon. Lots of marinated things, including pork and turkey loin. A beef filet. And somereally good chorizo.
Despite rumors about customers being able to borrow an iPad to tweet pictures of their meals, I only glimpsed a device once. I think we all had a great time.