Where: 4801 N University Ave Ste 790, Provo, UT (Riverwoods)
Distance: 3.5 Miles
Restaurant Type: Regional Chain (5 locations in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Idaho)
My Frequency: Multiple Visits (about 10 times)
Who: John and Donovan
Food: Churrasco and Brazilian Lemonades
Price: $38.68 for two with drinks and tip (Donovan's birthday card as well)
Tucanos is a local favorite. I don't think that I have ever met someone who doesn't like Tucanos. If someone chooses not to go to Tucanos, it's not because of the quality or quantity of food, it's because it costs more than someone is looking to pay for a meal.
If you do feel it costs more than it should or than you would like to pay, then this is your answer: Sign up for Tucanos Birthday Club. You get a buy one meal get one free every year during your birthday month. Most of the times that I've gone to Tucanos it has been for a friend's birthday like it was this trip for Donovan.
You also get unlimited visits to the Salad Festival, which has a large variety of options ranging from sushi (I've heard it's not great, though) to a bean and corn salad. Though I get a few things from the Salad Festival each time, I definitely don't go to Tucanos for the salad. There are good options, but it's mostly there to fill you up on the less expensive items. Don't fill your plate too much and make it back to your table, where you can fill up on delicious meats.
My favorite salad festival items are the fried bananas and Brazillian cheese bread (Pão de Queijo). This time I also got the mashed potatoes, vegetables, and a few slices of Swiss cheese. The meats are already tasty enough on their own, but sometimes I like to add a little bit of cheese to my meats. It melts on the meat and then in your mouth.
Rather than reviewing all of the Churrasco options, here are my favorites: Picalho Garlic Parmesan Beef,
Peru Turkey wrapped in bacon, Abacaxi Grilled Pinapple, and Mango Codfish. The Garlic Parmesan Beef is tender and well seasoned. The Turkey wrapped in bacon is heavenly because almost anything is good wrapped in bacon. I was a little weary at first of the Grilled Pineapple because I think fruit should be cold, but it has become a favorite. It pairs well with a lot of the meats, and eating them together makes for an amazing bite.
The Mango Codfish is amazing, and friends have told me they love it even if they aren't seafood lovers. It's sweet, tangy, and delicious. My only recommendation with the meats (and maybe it's just a personal preference) is that you don't get them too rare or too well done. If it looks like it's at either end of the spectrum, let them know what kind of meat you want and they'll bring it. I normally order my meat medium to medium well. This time, I got a few well done pieces on accident, and they were really dry.
Though we didn't order desserts this time, I can vouch for the Crème Brûlée, Torre Chocolate, and Raspberry Cheesecake. If you're lucky enough to be at Tucanos on someone else's dime, you should know that they can get you desserts to-go. I recommend not getting the Crème Brûlée to-go, though.
Do differently next time:
Nothing. I love Tucanos and have my favorites that I eat more of each time I go.
Absolutely Go. Though it is expensive, I recommend that everyone go to Tucanos at least a few times while in Provo. It's a great treat for a work trip, someone's birthday, or a special occasion.