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For JojoA: Feijoada at Cafe Brasil (Santa Cruz)

Carb Lover | Oct 21, 200507:05 PM

Moving this from the SF board for good housekeeping. Below is a photo of two dishes at Cafe Brasil (see link). Everything has a warm yellow cast b/c we were sitting in their outdoor patio which has a bright marigold cover. As you can see, generous portions which gave us plenty of leftovers.

Feijoada (the dark sausage-bean stew) is in the background while the bacalhoada is in the foreground. This was months ago, so my memory of the meal isn't as crisp, but overall, it was quite tasty and satisfying. I don't know if I'd drive from the Bay Area for it, but it's def. worth a stop if you're in the area.

I've never had feijoada before so can't compare, but this was a good version. My husband ordered it so I only had a taste, but it was earthy and filling. More herbal than spicy, IIRC. Tasted fresh, but almost too fresh, like it could have been cooked longer or needed to sit overnight to develop complexity.

My bacalhoada (salt cod w/ potatoes, olives, tomatoes) was good, but quite salty, especially w/ the added olives. The dish was supposed to come w/ rice (which would have mellowed the saltiness) but I asked to sub in plaintains, as I am a carb lover. The yellow grains that look like couscous are farofa, which has a semi-crunchy texture and nutty flavor. Really delicious, actually. Guava juice tasted fresh from the tree.

They have limited hours (8am-3pm), and I'd go during an off hour to avoid horrendous waits since it's tiny and popular. Even though they have a dinner menu listed, I called and confirmed that they are currently NOT serving dinner, which is a shame. I think the menu is for private parties.



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