As it’s finally October, we’re all hoping that the temperature outside is done reaching triple digits for 2011. Football is the topic of conversation in the office (as are our Rangers!) and I’m hearing more people ordering pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks. But I’m really excited about what one restaurant has on its fall menu, and it starts today.
I’m not one to boast about chain restaurants, but at least this one’s a local. Starting in Lakewood in 1991 before branching out in North Texas, Café Brazil is a frequent destination of mine, mostly for breakfast–especially in the fall, when the kitchen starts beating a pumpkin pancake batter.
These pancakes don’t pack the pumpkin-spice kick that a pie will, but I’m not craving that kind of punch first thing in the morning. What these do accomplish, however, is a rich, moist flapjack, with a hint of pumpkin blended with a smooth cinnamon finish. What pushes this breakfast from one to crave to one to order is the butter Café Brazil dollops on top of it: cinnamon butter. It sounds simple, but when smoothed over these pancakes, it brings a sweetness like icing to pumpkin bread.
Oct. 4 also brings the return of the pumpkin cheesecake, an item gracing many dessert menus around town, but one that’s up to par with many of them. Oct. 11 adds even more to the menu with a s’mores latte and something that may replace my pancakes: bananas foster French toast. (I’m refraining from stealing their photos, to see these items and what else will be offered go to Cafe Brazil’s blog.)
If your palate isn’t craving autumn spices, you can’t go wrong with the normal menu (breakfast or otherwise), the crepes and French toast won’t disappoint your tastebuds, and there’s no beating that undisclosed recipe of their spicy cream sauce, topping the eggs Benedict or El Gordo Crepes.
Location: 6420 N. Central Expressway in Dallas, 214-691-7791 (check here for other locations)
Hours: Central Expressway location is open 24 hours/seven days a week
Ambiance: Indoor and patio seating. A feeling of a local, grungy and delicious diner.
Payment Information: Major credit cards accepted
Alcohol: None–but there is a good coffee bar