We went to Café Brasil last night. Liked it a lot. We were originally heading out for Mexican so were in the mood for homey fare. For some reason, Taqueria Sanchez was closed (on a Wednesday!! anyone know if this is permanent?) so we decided to drive and choose a place by chance.
The atmosphere was really nice in Café Brasil. It is by no means fancy, but is... homey. There is an indoor, a semi-indoor and an outdoor area. We sat indoors at a nice chunky wood table. There were giant bowls on all the tables filled with fresh produce - lemons, tomatoes... a very nice and appreciated touch.
While it's probably not their best dish, I got the sautéed veggies which came with generous portions of rice, black beans and salad (or soup). It was good. The hilight was the other included side dish - carmelized plantains - OMG they were unbelievably delish. I would get extra of this next time. My cohort had Picante Catfish with all the included sides as well. The fish was interesting... very pungent and salty. I liked it. The main entrees (and ones like it: chicken, beef, lamb, pork, shrimp) with the sides I mentioned run from $10 - $15.
While we were standing in line to order (oh yeah, you order, then they call your number to go get it), the people in front of us - most assuredly Chowhounders - told us we HAD to get some Pao de Queijo, which are tiny cheese breads made with yucca. They were too small, about the size of a key lime... but those people were right - DELICIOUS! These were a pretty steep $.90 each. They should give you like 3 for a buck or something.
The drinks were very good as well. I had mango juice, which was literally a pureed mango - very thick and full of pulp (but i like drinks I have to chew) and the cohort had fresh home-made lemonade. Yum.
Overall, it was a very nice dinner and we will definitely go back. I would say that it's slightly overpriced for what it is. But the people working there care about the food, you can just tell.
Anyone else been there? Thoughts?