Having trained with chefs throughout the world's top exporter of samba melodies and top importer of World Cups, chef-owner Ana Davis has brought her passion for her native cuisine home to Café do Brasil. Whether they appear for lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch, visitors may marinate their teeth in the company of shrimp, tilapia, scallops, and Cuervo tequila sauce with the martine ceviche ($8.95) before settling into the ham-and-turkey cultural exchange hosted by the Brasillian mufalleta sandwich ($8.25). Dinner bell first-responders, meanwhile, can try the Brazilian national dish of feijoada, an alluring stew of beans, sausage, and pork that is cooked by repeatedly shouting "Goool!" at it for minutes at a time, then served with collard greens and roasted ground yucca ($19.95). The kitchen sweetens departures with the marachoco-mouse de maracuja, which intertwines flavors of passion fruit and chocolate mousse in a loving, dancerly embrace ($5.75). Café do Brasil's culinary alchemists also conjure a number of vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.
Sasse’s talented chefs, who have earned praise from Florida Weekly, befriend lonesome bellies with a dinner menu of traditional Italian entrees and a palate-pleasing selection of wines. Diners can embark on gustatory expeditions with a salad of fresh tomatoes and homemade mozzarella cheese ($8). An entree of rigatoni pasta shares plate estate with italian sausage, crushed tomatoes, and garlic ($18), and braised osso buco is paired with milanese risotto ($29). Slow-braised short ribs arrive wingmanned by mashed potatoes ($20), and sautéed veal scaloppina champions prosciutto, sun-dried tomatoes, and mushrooms ($23). Braised lamb shank towers over servings of italian sausage and polenta with lentils ($24). Tantalizing desserts, such as the flourless chocolate cake ($6), bring a conclusion to meals more epic and sweet than candy-cane-flavored fireworks.
The warm aromas of chocolate orange and Creamsicle tisane emanate from above, rousing the senses of visitors as they climb the spiral steps from Franklin Shops into Tea & Wine Loft. Along with blooming teas, domestic and imported beers and wines wash down the loft's roster of edibles, which include quiches, tuna salad, and numerous vegetarian and gluten-free options. White couches line the walls, beckoning guests to plop down and enjoy their plates as they shed single tears over the beauty of the artwork adorning the space. Those with an adventurous streak can subject themselves to the elements in the outdoor seating area before visiting the loft's retail area to restock on loose-leaf teas and teapots.