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Mar 12, 2008 01:04 PM

Santa Cruz 3/08; Cafe Brasil Best Breakfast

What a tremendous spot. Colorful, sunny, funky. Extensive menu with many unusual items.
Terrific Brazilian coffee, friendly easygoing positive people and atmosphere. Enormous portions.The Brazilian black beans on the Rancheros egg dish- were the best I have ever had in the U.S. (And I have eaten a LOT of black beans in my time!!). Lovely large blueberry muffins. Polenta is a neat option and my husband loved his, but because the polenta was plain, and not made with milk and /or cheese, I found them boring, though nice texture.
Oh, i almost forgot, some wonderful fresh fruit frappes and juices.

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  1. Just adding the particulars. I may get there next weekend

    Cafe Brasil
    1410 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

    1. Thanks for your report back. How was the wait? The idea of waiting outside for a long time w/ the hoards of college students always deters me from going.

      Just across the street is Vasili's Greek Taverna which I prefer for lunch. Dinner is not as much a good value, and the atmosphere is more "lunch" to me. Their lunch special is a great deal, and their pita and tzatziki are wonderful!

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      1. re: Carb Lover

        The key on weekends is to get there by 10:00 or earlier, before the UCSC students get out of bed :)

        1. re: Carb Lover

          twas monday morn.; no wait! don't remember what time but not early for sure.

        2. They are famous for their Acai Bowls. Have one in line while you wait for a table:
          Frozen Acai "smoothie"
          Strawberries and Bananas

          So yummy, I started making them at home (they sell Samabazon Acai at Whole Foods, etc.) and am now addicted. Acai is a Brazilian Berry and considered a "superfood" with more anti-oxidants than Pomegranate. It the bowl gives me energy for my day.