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Folia Brazilian Steakhouse review, Kennesaw

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Meat, it’s what’s for dinner (or lunch) at Folia Brazilian Steakhouse. Ok, that doesn’t tell the whole story of this Kennesaw restaurant. There is a cold bar where you can mix and match vegetables for a refreshing salad. And you can heap some mashed potatoes, black beans with pork, or steamed rice onto your plate from the adjoining hot bar. But Folia is a churrascaria (Brazilian steakhouse) first and foremost, and a pretty good one in fact.

Review by Gene Lee

Review by Gene Lee

Like most other rodizio style Brazilian restaurants, you pay a fixed price (lunch $12.99, dinner $25.99), and that will get you an unlimited amount of meat brought to you by servers called passadores. They carve the meat tableside, and you assist them by grabbing the slices with provided tongs. A card colored red on one side and green on the other controls the delivery of protein to your table. The dining ritual is simple: green means “bring on the meat,” and red means “halt.”

If meat is not your thing, you can pay a lower fixed price (lunch $8.99, dinner $14.99), which limits you to the restaurant’s cold and hot bar. On it, you can find a mayonnaisey potato salad — mixed with chopped vegetables — that is not too different in style from ones you would find at church picnics. One can construct a pretty decent salad made with the bar’s fresh offerings of romaine lettuce, oily hearts of palm, milky balls of mozzarella and pickled red onions. Additionally, each table is brought warm bananas sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and an equally addictive plate of chewy pão de queijo (cheese bread). Servers will give you more of both if you ask.

Meat: it's what's for dinner and lunch (photo by Becky Stein)

Meat: it's what's for dinner and lunch (photo by Becky Stein)

At dinner time, around 15 different cuts of meat are offered. Display the green colored side of the card and passadores will arrive with a random variety. The picanha, a seasoned top sirloin, is the star here. On one visit it has a soft and luxurious pink center (my preferred doneness). But on another visit it’s closer to medium-well, which I pass on but nearby diners gobble up. I can’t fault the restaurant for that inconsistency; part of the dining experience at a churrascaria is to understand that it can’t always cater to your specific tastes.

During lunch, the restaurant limits the different cuts of meat offered to eight, but the quality level does not miss a beat. The pork loin and leg of lamb are stellar. The cooked-through pork is tender and has a vinegary “steak sauce” flavor. The gamey lamb is mildly pink and seasoned with just a sprinkling of salt. Chicken drumsticks are slick inside from the fat rendered from their crispy outer skins. And beef tips are intensely flavored from an oily garlic marinade bath.

Not all the meat offerings satisfy. Petite filets and small chunks of chicken — both wrapped in bacon — are too tough and dry for my taste. Nevertheless, I enjoy most everything else about Folia Brazilian Steakhouse. And at half the cost of some of the higher-end local churrascarias, it makes a worthy alternative.

FOLIA BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE
2606 George Busbee Parkway, Kennesaw, 30144, 678-324-5041
3stars5Food: Fixed price Brazilian churrascaria offering unlimited meats, chicken and sausages paired with a cold/hot bar.
Service: Attentive and overwhelming like most churrascarias if you keep your card turned on the green side.
Best Dishes: Picanha (seasoned top sirloin), pork loin, leg of lamb, complementary pão de queijo (cheese bread) and fried bananas are addictive
Vegetarian Selections: Not an ideal vegetarian setting, but the cold bar offers diners a chance to build salads with a wide selection of vegetables.
Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
Hours: Lunch 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., dinner 5-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, lunch 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., dinner 5-10 p.m. Fridays, 2-10 p.m. Saturdays, noon-9 p.m. Sundays
Children: Yes
Parking: In Lot
Reservations: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Smoking: No
Noise Level: Moderate
Patio: Yes
Takeout: No

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Reds

May 19th, 2011
8:19 am

When I lived over there, I loved going for lunch. Definitely worth the price. I don’t know if I would go for dinner though, but only because of the price, and I’m not sure if I would eat enough to merit the price.

Mar -Atl Foodie

May 19th, 2011
12:43 pm

I ate there at dinner and the evening service was terrible. There was a bus load of soccer players to keep the staff busy, but they couldn’t handle it. The lighting was gloomy and the price didn’t merit the food.

David

May 25th, 2011
10:55 am

Eat here at least once a week and have had very few “bad” experiences. If you tell the meat servers what doneness of meat you want they’ll try and get it for you on the next trip through. I’ve had filet wrapped in bacon which was medium-rare, moist and delicious, but I had requested it and they brought out a fresh stave. Chicken breast wrapped in bacon is more difficult since you want the chicken cooked. Various prepared salads on the cold bard from potato salad and chicken salad to shrimp in ourzo, mushroom salad, lobster and crab salad. Some salads change everyday but others are on there everyday. Some food items are only available on Friday and Saturday nights.