Volume 8, Issue 2 University of Houston
Brasil delivers good food, bohemian atmosphere
By Sarah Tressler
Although the spring semester has yet to start, if you find yourself in a bookish mood with a post-holiday appetite for healthy grub, look no further than Brasil, 2604 Dunlavy St. This artsy Montrose-area cafe has become a fixture with inner-loopers for its laid-back feel, mouth-watering food and its ambient live music in the evenings. Its covered patio is an urban arboretum of sorts -- tall, thick shrubs are used to shield the patrons from Westheimer traffic.
Brasil's biggest draw is actually a combination of two positive attributes -- the bohemian, come-as-you-are atmosphere and the delicious, guilt-free food. Brasil serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner to an eclectic crowd of locals, which includes artists, poets, students, musicians and the like.
Jo Bird, right, serves up eclectic dishes and drinks to loyal patrons who crowd Brasil for it's laid-back vibe.
The espresso bar is run by experienced baristas, and the foccacia and ciabatta loaves are baked on location daily, as are the pastries and scones. The menu consists of exotic pizzas, unique Mediterranean appetizers, tasty sandwiches and salads galore. There are a wide variety of vegetarian selections available that are so tasty you won't miss the meat.
If you happen to be a fan of beer, check out one of Brasil's 12 beers on tap or one of their bottled imports -- there are plenty to choose from.
Even if it is easy to miss from the street, Brasil is still a popular spot to grab a bite and hang out with friends -- which makes getting a table hit or miss. You may find yourself standing at a ledge that serves as a makeshift tabletop when it gets really crowded. Parking can also be a bit of a nuisance, since there isn't a parking lot. You have to find a spot on one of the streets off Westheimer, so don't wear your new suede Manolos, because you might be walking a block or two.
When it comes to a relaxing atmosphere and unpretentious crowds, Brasil has got the scene down pat, making it a good choice for a casual outing or a study date. Lay claim to a table, order a latte and an almond tart and feast your eyes and ears on what Brasil has to offer.
Or better yet, start reading your spring semester texts early.
2604 Dunlavy St. at Westheimer
Verdict: Brasil offers more than just a great study spot.
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