4801 North University Avenue
Taste 4 stars
Value 3 stars
Service 5 stars
Children 7 ?12: $5.95
Children 6 and under: free
Children 7 ?12: $7.95
Children 6 and under: free
Distance from temple:
Provo Utah: 3.4 miles
Tucanos is a lively, loud, friendly, all-you-can-stuff-yourself-with Brazilian grilled cuisine establishment. The Friday and Saturday night wait can be long, but they will call your cell phone when ready, so you can shop in the nice Riverwoods shopping area. Other nights you will often be seated immediately.
Once seated you start at the “salad bar” which has a wonderful array of salad fixings (including many exotic and interesting tastes), prepared salads (pasta herb salads, marinated mushroom salad, Brazilian pea salad, salmon rice salad, broccoli rainbow salad, etc.), soups, rice, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and other hot items. There is more than enough here to fill you up. If you’re on a diet, as I am, there are enough healthy offerings to prevent you from feeling at all deprived.
Then comes the real fun. The restaurant is chock full of servers who carry around enormous skewers of cooked meats. They come to your table and offer a slice of their wares. You are given a “cue,” which is a small, wooden, stop-light-colors painted cylinder. When you want more meat offered, the green side goes up. When you can’t eat another bite or just want a breather to eat what’s already stacked on your plate the red side goes up.
Featured meats are turkey wrapped bacon, sweet and spicy chicken, garlic parmesan top sirloin, brown sugar glazed ham, prime rib, wings, and more. My favorite treat is the glazed pineapple. Amazing. Ask for a couple of slices because they don’t seem to bring it around as often as the meats.
As a dieter, this also worked well. I filled up on fresh veggie and salad, and then had very small tastes of all different kinds of meat.
One of the best things about Tucanos is the fabulous, friendly service. Even with multiple people waiting on you, I have been hard pressed to find anyone who wasn’t helpful and friendly. On this trip a couple of our servers went out of their way to make sure we had a good time.
My only complaint was that I was not offered the complimentary birthday dessert and embarrassing song by the staff even though our waitress knew it was my birthday dinner. I could have mentioned it and I’m sure it would have been offered, but the truth is I was feeling quite unlike myself that night and actually preferred a more private affair. And I knew the unwelcome calories would have been a temptation.
Tucanos is not a cheap night out, but it’s worth it. We went there the week before my birthday to take advantage of a free dinner coupon I had received in the mail. If you go to the restaurant web site, you can join the birthday club and get a free dinner during your birthday month. That makes the cost for a couple a lot more palatable.