The best Brazilian steakhouse in Harrisonburg, VA is either almost three hours southeast in Richmond, VA or two and a half hours north in Vienna, VA. That is not to say that aren’t delicious entrees here for those red meat lovers among my readers. But to open a clearly Brazilian beef restaurant here in the good ole US of A where American farmers live, breathe, raise American beef, and will talk about their difficulties with such imports until your ears bleed is just inviting disaster.
While Harrisonburg, VA is hardly “Big Sky” ranching country, the idea of supporting local farmers by buying local foods runs strong. The US Department of Agriculture and the Virginia Cooperative Extension have been working together to develop a well-received and very well implemented “Eat Local” campaign. Throughout the Shenandoah Valley are farms where non-stockyard raised beef, pork, chicken, eggs and other dairy products are available for a premium price. If these options are a little too hippie for your taste, there are always the meat lockers that run the length of the back of the Krogers and Food Lions and Martin’s grocery stores. At least that meat grew up hearing and speaking English – or, at least understanding it. We don’t need any hoity-toity Spanish-speaking beef here. Why, they’re probably hung to “set” in a pair of thongs or something.
So, do yourself and our local farmers a favor when you come through town. Plan on buying local or at least American beef in Harrisonburg and get yourself a Brazilian steak the following night when you’re in the big city. We have several options for you to choose from depending upon your financial resources. You can drop by a fast food joint or even a Golden Corral if funds are limited. Or, should you be flush, drop by the local Chop & Grill House, housed in its charmingly renovated industrial mill site.
At any rate, enjoy your stay and we hope you enjoy your dinner.
2010 Shenandoah Valley Buy Fresh Buy Local newsletter, Virginia Cooperative