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South American steakhouse opens on Metairie Road

Brasa Churrasqueria serves wood-fired meats, chimichurri and craft cocktails

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South American steakhouse Brasa Churrasqueria (2037 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-570-6338) opened last week in the space formerly occupied by Chateau du Lac. The new restaurant is being opened by Antonio Mata and Edgar Caro, owners of Basin Seafood & Spirits and Baru.

  Mata, originally from El Salvador, and Caro, who hails from Colombia, designed the concept based on their shared love for South American steakhouses.

  "It's a South American steakhouse with a mix of South American cuts of meat, all cooked over a wood-fired grill," Mata said.

  Meats are ordered a la carte and include a wide variety of South American cuts, including the Brazilian-inspired picanha and Argentinean entrana, or skirt steak, Mata said.

  Three types of chimichurri will be available, as well as a long list of sides in which potato dishes feature prominently. So far, side dishes include grilled carrots with goat cheese, grilled asparagus, mushrooms with garlic, garlic fries, potatoes au gratin, and papas saladas, or salted potatoes.

  A craft cocktail menu will pay tribute to South American staples like pisco. The opening list includes a maracuj, or passion fruit, sour as well as a Brazilian caipirinha. A wine list heavy on reds and South American wines and a selection of craft beers round out the drinks menu.

  A happy hour starts this week from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature skewers of various meats, including skirt steak, chicken, pork belly and more. The restaurant is open for dinner from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

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