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Brazil Fresh Squeeze Cafe - Report - Not Closing

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Brazil Fresh Squeeze Cafe - Report - Not Closing

Chestnut | Dec 14, 2005 11:11 PM

I stopped by Brazil Fresh Squeeze Cafe about a week ago, after I read the post below about a possible closing due to a University lease problem. I'm happy to say that the owner told me that after receiving the petition signatures he collected, the University has allowed him to stay on the land for a couple of years more, during which time he hopes to find a more stable place to house his charming little cafe.

Now on to the food: it was my first trip to the BFSC. Decorations are charmingly over-the-top - if I recall correctly, plastic trees, outdoor seating covered with a tarp, etc. I ordered the tri-tip special (comes with a mango smoothie) for about $7.50. The mango smoothie was like a loose mango slushee - very refreshing, and I don't believe I tasted any dairy. The sandwich came on a slightly squishy roll, similar to those authentic steak sandwich rolls. The sandwich was stuffed full of good sized pieces of tri-tip, tomatoes, lots of grilled onions, drenched in a garlic-mayo sauce. I counted at least 3 types of hot sauce available for spicing up sandwiches - Tapatio, and two habaneros. There might have been lettuce in the sandwiches, too, but I don't remember anymore. It was a bit too rich and gooey for my taste, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I would probably try the tri-tip plate next time.

Brazil Fresh Squeeze Cafe
2161 University Ave
Berkeley, CA
(510) 845-8011

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