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    Midtown Cafe do Brazil

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    Address: 440 NW 11th
    Phone: 525-9779
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    Status: Complete
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    They also have a terrific lunch menu. This new interation of the Cafe is huge upgrade from what they were at 18th & Classen.

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    Twice the space, about three times the atmosphere, and the menu has grown too. A very nice spot in the Midtown area.

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    Wonderful, wonderful food! It's a lunchtime favorite. Try the Prato Sao Paulo (rice and beans with chicken and FABULOUS green sauce) or their wonderful spinach salads. The only negatives I've ever experience are: in the winter the restaurant is VERY breezy-I was actually cold and am very hot natured and every once in awhile, I get very poor service. Specifically, there is a waiter who has been there a long time and he is a little blase in the whole "may I help you" area. BUT,that being said, it's high quality, fresh food, great atmosphere and reasonably priced. I'll be back...probably once a week as usual!

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    Last Sunday my wife and I went to the Cafe do Brazil for lunch. We were really looking forward to going there as we've heard a lot of good things about this place. When we got there about noonish it was fairly busy but we didn't have to wait for our table.

    My wife ordered the Brazilian pie at the recommendation of the waiter and I had chorizo with scrambled eggs. My chorizo and eggs were good, but not anything better than I have eaten in a Mexican restaurant. Unfortunately, my wife had to send her Brazilian pie back to the kitchen because it arrived cold in the middle and warm on the outside. Once she got it back (from the microwave I assume) she was pleased with it. She enjoyed the pie (especially the crust) and she said she would order it again. The muffins in the glass case looked really good so each of us decided to order a muffin. My wife ordered the blueberry muffin only to find out that they were out of them, so she got a raspberry one instead. I ordered an orange almond muffin. I guess they must make them in the beginning of the week because both of our muffins were very hard. We took a couple of bites but we couldn't finish it because they were hard and tasted stale.

    The worst part of our experience was the waiter. We had to wave him down several times to get more coffee or remind him about bringing the muffins, etc. The waiter was either in a bad mood that day or he just doesn't enjoy his job because he acted like he would rather be anywhere but there. I wish I could give this place a better review, but that's how it is. I would be interested in hearing from others who have gone to the Cafe Do Brazil to see if maybe we just happen to go on a bad day or is this typical of this restaurant?

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    We already happen to have a thread on this topic. You can find it here, and see others' responses.

    I really like the place. My favorite dish is the Xin Xin, a Brazilian specialty. I've never had bad service, in fact, quite the opposite, especially during a busy weekday lunch. Maybe they just have a different staff on weekends.

    You can find the other thread here: http://www.okctalk.com/food-court/62...ht=Cafe+Brasil

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    Moved it, thanks!
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    GWB, you're waiter was probably having a bad day. I've been there many times and frequent it fairly regularly and have never had anything I didn't like or not up to my expectations. Their bakery is outstanding and they make everything fresh daily. As with any bakery, anything sitting out after a few hours will start to get stale (Brown's Bakery and Daylight Donuts come to mind). Almost all their breakfast and lunch dishes are awesome and prepared fresh with fresh ingredients. I have only eaten dinner there once or twice though and the menu varies so I don't have any recommendations at dinner and it is a little pricier for dinner. Their pricepoint for breakfast/lunch can't be beat for the quantity and quality of food you get.

    I highly recommend their cheddar biscuits (by far the best I've had over anywhere in the U.S.)!!! They're even better with just a touch of butter spread on them. Make sure they heat it up though.

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    My family and I went last Friday night and it was great as usual. Our waitress was very accomodating especially when I told her I am a vegetarian. She recommended a dish that isn't even on the menu and it was great. I have always had very good service there.

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    Oh, I forgot to add that I also snacked there at the Urban Neighbors meeting last week as they offered appetizers. I must say they were excellent to no surprise as well. Various tapas and other dishes!

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    I was not trying to minimalize the fact that you had a bad experience GWB, just trying to urge you to maybe give the place another chance. Most of us who have been there have had very good experiences from the look of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FritterGirl View Post
    We already happen to have a thread on this topic. You can find it here, and see others' responses.

    You can find the other thread here: http://www.okctalk.com/food-court/62...ht=Cafe+Brasil
    Yeah, I did do a search first but I spelled the way it's spelled on their website *Cafe Do Brazil* but here it is spelled differently *Cafe' do Brasil*. I guess that's why it didn't show up on search. Sorry if I didn't do it right. Oh well, glad that the other posts were added and consolidated into one thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCOKC View Post
    I was not trying to minimalize the fact that you had a bad experience GWB, just trying to urge you to maybe give the place another chance. Most of us who have been there have had very good experiences from the look of it.
    No, I appreciate your comments. After reading yours, and everyone else's comments, I'm definitely going to go back and give them another chance. My oldest son told me about this place and he highly recommended them. He, like the rest of you, was very surprised to hear that we had a bad experience there. I look forward to giving it another try, but I hope we don't get the same waiter again. He really seemed to be in a foul mood that day. I know we all get that way sometimes, but I really get ticked off when the servers act like we are bothering them when we go there to spend a good amount of money to enjoy a meal. Anyway, I'll let you all know how it goes next time. Thanks again for sharing your positive experience at Cafe Do Brazil with me.

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    I started to reply when this first popped up and then decided to see what some others had to say. I have been there probably four times over the past year. Each time the food was terrific, but the service ranged from poor to unbelieveably bad. Once example. . . I called to make reservations for 4 for Sunday after church and was told they didn't take reservations. the FIRST question I was asked by the hostess was if I had a reservation. I told her I was told they didn't take reservations. . .her reply was "well, I can imagine who told you that". . . it would have been better if you had a reservation". When a table opened up after about 20 minutes and she was taking us to our table, I indicated that next time I'd certainly reserve in advance. . .and her reply was . . ."well, actually it doesn't that help much. . .we don't know how fast the tables will turn and you still might have to wait a while". So . . .do I reserve or not. . . who knows?? I just avoid Sunday after church and other crunch times. Again. . .the food is terrific, guess the service is just part of the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foodiefan View Post
    I started to reply when this first popped up and then decided to see what some others had to say. I have been there probably four times over the past year. Each time the food was terrific, but the service ranged from poor to unbelieveably bad. Once example. . . I called to make reservations for 4 for Sunday after church and was told they didn't take reservations. the FIRST question I was asked by the hostess was if I had a reservation. I told her I was told they didn't take reservations. . .her reply was "well, I can imagine who told you that". . . it would have been better if you had a reservation". When a table opened up after about 20 minutes and she was taking us to our table, I indicated that next time I'd certainly reserve in advance. . .and her reply was . . ."well, actually it doesn't that help much. . .we don't know how fast the tables will turn and you still might have to wait a while". So . . .do I reserve or not. . . who knows?? I just avoid Sunday after church and other crunch times. Again. . .the food is terrific, guess the service is just part of the price.
    These issues definitely sound like management issues to me. If they take reservations, they need to honor those reservations. The owner/manager needs to be consistent in training his and/or her staff (in the case of CdB, that would be her) and reinforce what she trains.

    Lack of consistency is in service is a key to building a good reputation. I don't care how fabulous the food is in a restaurant, if I cannot count on good service time in / time out (allowing, of course, for the occasional waiter-having-a-bad day), I won't go back to that restaurant. It's a non-negotiable for me.

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    I had an experience there where I made a reservation, only to show up and them tell me that they cannot find my reservation. It wasn't a big deal because we went early and there were a lot of tables available. However, if we had arrived at a busy time and were denied a table, we would have been upset.

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    Ate there last Saturday night and really enjoyed the experience.

    We arrive at about 7:30 without a reservation and it was clear they were preparing for a large group, as the entire center of the main restaurant space had tables shoved together. Even so, before I could even finish my excellent caipirinha in the bar, the hostest came up to seat us.

    We ended up on the little stage area, behind a musician that was playing a variety of instruments. Still, it was all very pleasant.

    I'm a big fan of Brazilian mistos and was surprised to see only one on the menu, but quickly made that my choice. The spicy tapenade with little bread slices was a great little appetizers and I was pleased to find the spread actually had a little kick.

    The misto arrived already off the skewer and had sausage, chicken, beef and a just a bit of vegetables. It was served with some steamed veggies, rice and beans and some sort of dry spice. I just sprinkled that on the meat and mixed everything together and it was quite good. The portion was way too big for me to finish.

    The service was excellent as well. This place is a real winner and a great "something different" spot.

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    Nothing like a little misto to really clear those sinuses huh?
    Sounds like you've spent some time in Brasil!

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    No, never been to Brazil but there is a Brazilian place close to my home here in California that I love.

    If you guys have never had a caipirinha, I'd highly recommend it. It's almost like a margarita, in that it's made with fresh lime muddled with sugar then they add a Brazilian liquor called cachaca, which is a lot like rum.

    Cafe do Brasil makes a great one but many other places are starting to offer them as well.

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    Actually, we've had caipirinhas and actually they're kind of out now.

    The whole mojito thing is in.

    Of course, we're not all trendsetters from California.

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    Pete, I always order that drink when I go into Cafe do Brasil. I don't so much order anything there as much as point to the menu and say "I'll have that" since I have no idea how to pronounce anything. Pretty sad because I have a minor in French and Portugese is supposed to be a mixture of Spanish and French.

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    Here's the Brazilian ordering I know:

    caipirinha: cap-uh-REEN-yuh
    made with cachaca: kuh-CHAW-suh

    misto (typically meat & veggies grilled on skewers): MEE-stow

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    I had my first bad experience at Cafe Do Brasil this Sunday. I have been eating at this place since it was a whole in the wall on Classen. Of course I know that Sunday brunch is popular but the service was terrible. The food was outstanding as usual but it really threw me for a loop because the service in the past has been better than average. I hope that they are not taking a turn for the worse! It would break my heart because I love and promote this restuarant every chance that I get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MestaParkMan View Post
    I had my first bad experience at Cafe Do Brasil this Sunday. I have been eating at this place since it was a whole in the wall on Classen. Of course I know that Sunday brunch is popular but the service was terrible. The food was outstanding as usual but it really threw me for a loop because the service in the past has been better than average. I hope that they are not taking a turn for the worse! It would break my heart because I love and promote this restuarant every chance that I get.
    You probably shouldn't have posted your comment until you went back for another visit, especially since you are obviously a huge fan. They might have been having an off night. If you have been going to Cafe do Brasil since they were on Classen and you just now had an off-visit; I would say they will be back to normal on your next visit. I just hope this doesn't open the door for more bad comments to flood the site.

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    I'm addicted to their cheddar biscuits, they are the best in the city hands down!

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