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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sabor: Milwaukee’s High-End Brazilian Churrascaria

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Sabor (777 N. Water St.) is the only Brazilian restaurant in this area, let alone the only Brazilian churrascaria. Arrive hungry: For one price, you can gorge on grilled meats. Most are cuts of beef, but there are chicken, pork and lamb as well. Servers dressed as gauchos bring the meats to the table and let you choose whatever you desire. Beef is available on the rare side. Even vegetarians fare well here, though they should stick to ordering just the first course. This includes cheese bread, the salad bar, soup and sides of beans, white rice, mashed potatoes and fried bananas. The beans and soup may not always be vegetarian, but the salad bar provides a feast. There might be sun-dried tomatoes with fresh mozzarella or a couscous salad, and certainly artichokes and palmitos (hearts of palm). The complete dinner will run $48.50, which is fair considering the setting and the quality. But the real deal is the first-course lunch that, minus the meats, is just $9.95—about the same price as a jumbo burger with fries at any Water Street pub.