Monday, May 7, 2012

Sabor Express

(December 7, 2011 & April 8, 2012)
1230 W. Taylor St., Chicago, IL 60607
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A Quick Word:

This place is a great find for meat eaters!  Everyone knows about those all-you-can-eat Brazilian steak houses which I do love myself, but they are expensive.  Sabor Express is a great place to get the Brazillian food fix without spending too much money.  It is a casual place... but unlike their motto "Fast, Casual Brazilian Food"... it is not as fast as you think.  In fact, I dislike having to wait this long for claimed "fast food."

What I Ate:


Tear dropped shaped fried pastry filled with shredded chicken and various spices! It has a dough consistency inside as if it wasn't cooked through... But I found it that is the consistency they want.  This is definitely my favorite appetizer and if you want, ask them for a side of their chimichurri or salsa and you can almost make 2 or 3 of them a meal!

The Bahia Hot Dog

Best value for sure at sabor express! For $5 you get a loaded hot dog and fries! It was an all beef hot dog piled with garlic mashed potatoes, spicy chili, cheddar cheese, chopped onions, peppers, chipotle mayo, and a chimichurri sauce. Unbelievable combinations! And you can make your own!  They have a huge list of toppings that include potato straws, hot peppers, avocado, and basically anything you can imagine... and I think you can put as many as you want! or around 7 which is a good number! (I apologize for the fuzzy picture)

Picanha Sandwich

This was pretty good... The brazilian spices really shined in this sandwich!  but for me, it was a little oily and on the smaller side. and the steak was a little chewy (steak, egg, lettuce, cheese).  They do have other combinations that remove the egg... and instead replace it with either avocado or mango or pineapple.

Cheese Pasties

The cheese pasties were nothing but a fried dough shell filled with some random cheese... maybe mozzarella.  It wasn't anything special and the only way I enjoyed it was with that incredible salsa... It had a nice heat to it!

The DOs/DON'Ts:

- Order pick up at least 20 minutes early.  They say on the phone 10 to 15 minutes but every time I get there around the 15 minute mark I still have to wait 5 or sometimes 10 more minutes.  It is a little disappointing, but the food is made fresh for the most part so its worth it.

- Don't order the a la carte meat options... I found each of them to be overly spiced and dry. I would stick with the Brazilian hot dogs and the sandwiches!

How far would I walk for this place?

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