This all-you-can-eat Brazilian steak house owned by Brazilian expats opened in 2007 and quickly became a popular addition to Austin's dining scene. In an attractive limestone building with post-and-beam ceilings, Estância has a prix-fixe menu for lunch and dinner that covers everything except drinks and dessert. Start with the large salad bar, but leave room for the 11 different grilled meats that gaucho-costumed servers carve from skewers tableside. These include picanha
(rump steak), beef and pork ribs, filet mignon, New Zealand leg of lamb, linguica (seasoned sausage), and chicken. It keeps coming as long as you display the green card on your table. The wine list has some 250 labels. It's a bit out of the way, just off Highway 290 in the Sunset Valley area of South Austin (about 8 mi southwest of downtown), but worth the trip.