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Denton Eats: Cafe Brazil

Denton Eats: Cafe Brazil

April 08
10:05 2014

Caitlyn Jones // Staff Writer

There’s another contender in the battle for the best Denton breakfast. The popular Dallas-based coffee house Cafe Brazil opened up its 11th location on the corner of University and Carroll April 1 and is bringing its cool, eccentric vibe to all the coffee-loving hipsters.

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and even though Cafe Brazil serves meals for all times, I went in the early hours on a Monday morning. The green walls and burlap sacks tacked on the walls felt welcoming and added to the laid-back feel when I sat down. It’s a definite upgrade from the Pizza Inn that once occupied the space.

The best part of the meal comes early as the restaurant offers bottomless coffee for $2.69, a price I’m willing to pay to select from a variety of specialty coffees in eight rotating flavors. For the first round, I filled my cup with cinnamon gingerbread. The second round was the caramel macadamia nut and the third was red velvet cake. All were delicious, but the caramel macadamia nut was by far the best brew of the three. The caramel flavor wasn’t overbearing and the macadamia nut added richness to the coffee.

As for food, Cafe Brazil offers the standard fare of pancakes, crepes, sandwiches, salads and soups but also nods to its namesake country by serving dishes from south of the equator like the Brazilian breakfast platter, chicken zapata and chorizo dishes.

I’ve heard the migas are the way to go for breakfast. The dish is comprised of homemade chorizo, onions, bell peppers and jalapeños, tossed with scrambled eggs and tortilla strips topped with monterrey jack cheese plus rosemary potatoes, two flour tortillas, and homemade salsa. Sounds good for $7.99, right? I have no idea but I’ve heard from reputable eaters that this is the way to go at Cafe Brazil.

However, I was feeling the sweet stuff that day and opted for the fruit “pan crêpes.” Now, pan crêpes is a relative term. They aren’t as thin as crepes but they aren’t as thick as pancakes: a happy medium, if you will. The pan crêpes cover tons of different fruit including bananas, strawberries, blackberries, pineapple, grapefruit and mango. The creation is topped with walnuts, raspberry sauce and powdered sugar.

Since I’ve never had pan crepes before, these have to go down as the best in my book. Even as regular pancakes, they would’ve been good because the fruit is what made this dish. Cafe Brazil uses all fresh ingredients and you could tell that the fruit had been cut that morning. The lightweight cakes made finding the fruit inside a treat and the price wasn’t bad either: $7.99 for a giant platter of four pan crêpes and basically a full cup of fruit.

I also ordered a side of hash brown casserole because I’m a sucker for the stuff, but I thought it was a little pricey at $2.29 for the small square they put on your plate. It was cheesy and delicious, though not the best I’ve ever had. That prize goes to a mom-and-pop restaurant in my hometown that will always leave me feeling a little biased about hash brown casserole.

Overall, my experience at Cafe Brazil was a good one. I’ll be back for sure to try out lunch, dinner,and even late-night munchies on the weekends since the restaurant is open 24 hours Friday and Saturday nights. The restaurant is a welcome addition to Denton and I am certain that Cafe Brazil is here to stay.

Rating (out of ten)

Atmosphere: 7

Drinks: 9

Food: 8

Price: 7

Overall: 8

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  1. November 17, 06:53

    They need to stay recent for about three months.

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