Restaurant Review, by Tim Collins
Ever since I found out about Samba Loca Brazilian Steakhouse well over a year ago, I have been wanting to head down to Carrollton, by the square, and give it a try. The Brazilian restaurant beckoned because I had never tried Brazilian food before, and I love to experience new cuisine and a different kind of atmosphere.
Samba Loca did not disappoint. The atmosphere and décor were both relaxing and festive. The food was cooked very well, had great flavors, and had a nice presentation. The prices were a little higher than what you would pay at the chain restaurants, but it was well worth it in my opinion.
There were so many dishes that none in our party of three had ever tasted before, so we really tried to be adventurous.
For an appetizer, I had grilled provolone cheese, which tasted really nice on the fresh baked bread. The others had Coxinha, which was billed on the menu as Brazil’s most popular snack filled with chicken, onions, tomato and mozzarella deep fried and served with honey mustard. We also had a basket of four Empanadas.
In order to try as many different things as possible, for the main course my wife and I split the Samba Loca combo. It featured Picanha, which is a top sirloin cap, the grilled chicken, short ribs, and Brazilian sausage, along with two sides (we chose plantains and Brazilian macaroni and cheese). Dylan, my son, went for the seared Ahi Tuna. He was the only one that could handle dessert, and for the final course he went with a pineapple flambé.
If you want to try something out of the ordinary, it’s definitely worth a trip. Samba Loca just moved to a new location, on the square in Carrollton at 104 Adamson Square. From Villa Rica, follow Highway 61 into downtown Carrollton, and as soon as you enter the square, it is on the right. Parking is available behind the restaurant. For more information, you may reach them at 770.214.1253 or you may see their website at www.SambaLocaRestaurant.com