527 Julia St.
New Orleans, LA
This brazilian cafe is a nice break from the traditional Creole cuisine or even Southern comfort food. This is like heaven for the vegan/vegetarian. Everything on the menu has a counter vegetarian dish that is along the same lines as the meat dish.
The cafe itself is kinda small but its decor stays true to the Warehouse district that it resides in. PS. they open at 11:30 AM not 11 AM as it says online (I had to run to my street parked car to beat a meter maid).
So cute, as we were going thru the menu at the cash register, this Brazilian chef kept interjecting with “That’s how we do it in Brazil!”
Even though we didn’t end up ordering their signature dishes (their salads), I was very pleased with our orders.
My friend had the maqaquito banquette bread which was bananas, cinnamon, sugar and havarti chesese baked on flat bread. This was sooo delicious (I thought it would’ve been overly sweet but I think the use of havarti cheese kinda mellowed out the sweeter ingredients).
I ordered the special of the day (meat version): with roasted pork and pineapples and carrot with some sort of Brazilian sauce served over rice. I didn’t think this was that special but quite interesting, mixing the pork and pineapple. I liked that the sauce was very unique, with spices that I was unfamiliar with.
This item actually caught our eye first but took the longest to come out. The dough is frozen over night with the havarti cheese inside and then baked on the spot. We ordered this first and the proprietor said they were out but then the cute Brazilian cook behind him shouted, “I can have those ready in 20 minutes!”
The cheese bread was very delicious but I think due to the use of a starchier flour and freezing it overnight, it was definitely a challenge to bite into. Still, very delicious.