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Santa Barbara: Brazil Arts Cafe - On International Cafe Row

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Brazil Arts Cafe - 1200 block of State Street that has become an international row of casual and more affordable dining choices which now includes Vietnamese, Indonesian and Brazillian all cheek by toothsome jowl. As well as Southern USA.

One of the newer entries is a combo Brazillian cafe, deli, and martial arts and dance facility. Walked past it many times and it did not make sense to me. Was it like a juice bar at a gym or what? Plus one could see all that martial arts pounding away through the glass in the back. Seemed a little rugged for pleasant dining.

Then read a pretty glowing review so tried it today and was very pleased with their classic lunch special - plated tri-tip (or fish or chicken) along with chimmichurri, fresh salsa, fried plantain, rice, a pot of beans and a special roasted grain (?).

They were all delicious and just the right size to leave satisfied and not over stuffed. Around $13. It was a haunting and different mix which all worked well together in various bite combinations. This is definitely going to be one of those favorite dish repeat places.

Only downside was the attractive looking slices of flan with a nicely darkened caramel self-sauce but dense and tougher than I like compared to the french versions - it was more Spanish so his is probably standard for Brazil as well. They also have various Brazillian baked treats that would be worthy sweet or snack course that I would try next time.

Yum, looking forward to going back.

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