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Cafe Beaudelaire

2504 Lincoln Way
Ames  Iowa  50010
United States
(515) 292-7429
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Midwest Living Review

Laura Billingsley
In Campustown, this Brazilian cafe and bar is fun for drinks, appetizers or Sunday brunch.

The Cafe Beaudelaire interior calls to mind a beachside Brazilian food stand. The roof is made to resemble a giant umbrella held up by a pole in the middle, and the whole thing is painted green and white. The bar also looks like it should belong on a beach, with a wooden awning and a small boat on top. The bar aspect is what excells at this small restaurant.

That said, Sunday brunch is a popular. Customers feast on breakfast rice with onions, mushrooms, peppers, ham, eggs and soy sauce ($9); steak and eggs; and a gyro omelet ($9.45). There aren't as many authentic Brazilian dishes on the menu as one might expect. Some of the Latin-inspired options include Brazilian fries, cheese empanadas and feijoada—a hearty stew of meat, black beans and veggies. Signature drinks include mojitos and caipirinhas, of course.

The crowd is largely composed of college students who come here to drink, but families do stop in for lunch and brunch.

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