Braz-erkely: Brazil Cafe


Brazil Cafe
1983 Shattuck Ave
(between Berkeley Way & University Ave)
Berkeley, CA 94704

This stand may be small in stature, but with it’s bright color scheme and a flood of people waiting for their orders, it’s tough to miss Brazil Cafe.



Upon arrival, you are greeted by the owner Pedro, who offers a sample of his
tri-tip dipped in cilantro sauce. The tri-tip is soft, buttery and the
cilantro cream adds the perfect herbal kick to it.


Unlike a lot of food buses and stands, there is an ample amount of seating here. The water is self serve, but there is a free mango smoothie offer if you check in on Yelp, so that makes up for the lack of service. Mom was clearly not amused with the lack of shade and a restroom…

My mom ordered the tri-tip plate which was loaded with food. The rice that came with it was especially different. I’m not sure if it had a cream or possibly cheese added to it? It didn’t have the dry consistency that a lot of South American dishes have.

I ordered the “Pedro’s Favorite”, which is a sandwich packed with tri-trip, ricotta cheese, jalepanos, pimento stuffed olives, pinapple, sauteed onions and topped with his house cilantro sauce. I could only eat 1/2 of this sandwich due to the size. It may sound like a strange combination of flavors, but they all blend perfectly together. This is without a doubt one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever eaten. I even saved the other half and ate it when I arrived to Seattle the next day.

So if you’re in Berkeley, you have to try this place!

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