Cafe Kacao and brunch are practically synonymous. Kacao has been around for as long as I can remember and has been a go to spot for brunch and breakfast, not only on the weekends but throughout the week. It is a Latin American spot serving up all kinds of delicious dishes from sweet to savory and everything in between. They also have an amazing coffee and drink list with specialty lattes like Nutella, Creme Brulee, The Hulk (matcha + espresso), and a Horchata Latte to name just a few. If you are going for a boozy breakfast you will also find mimosas, margaritas, micheladas, and more. Their menu can be kind of overwhelming whether you’ve been before or not because there are just so many items to choose from. But no matter what you select, you’re going to love it!
One of their most popular items are the pancakes – these things are legendary. The menu has a set few – Mixed Berry, Oreo, and Nutella – but you will also find a seasonal special. Currently it is a Caribbean Flavor. This comes with two pancakes larger than your head, topped with lechera sauce (think of a thick, creamy, sweetened milk) and a ton of fruit – mangos, passion fruit, bananas, and strawberries. We ordered these not realizing how massive they were but there were no regrets – except maybe not having a larger stomach to finish them! I highly recommend grabbing an order of their pancakes to share for the table, but maybe just make sure you go with a group of more than 2 people or you might have a hard time finishing everything! The pancakes are so fluffy and have a hint of vanilla flavor in them. And the lechera sauce is outstanding – it keeps the pancakes moist and you don’t even need syrup, in fact I would prefer to pour this sauce over all future pancakes. And the fruit they use is so incredible – perfectly ripe and juicy! And if you get the pancakes with the fruit, it’s basically a fruit salad which is really healthy so I mean you can’t not get them!
On to their savory dishes. There are a ton to choose from but they are all equally delicious. I’ve tried a handful and it is really hard to choose my absolute favorite. Recently I tried the Motuleno which is two corn tortillas filled with black beans, topped with two eggs (I got mine over easy), and then comes with ranchero sauce, dry cheese, queso fresco and guacamole and is then surrounded in chips. You can also choose to add meat – which I did and got the chorizo! A few other favorites are the Pupusas Breakfast, Tikal, Desayuno Chapin and Chilaquiles Adobados. The majority of their dishes are a variety of eggs, beans, plantains, meat and tortillas. The food is simple but explodes with flavor and their presentation is amazing. They have such a unique menu and experience from any brunch spot I have been to and it is absolutely one of my favorites. I could eat their food everyday for the rest of my life and be so happy and content. This place to me is so much about community, diversity and comfort. It makes me want to stay a while and enjoy my incredible meal and keep returning time and time again.
If you haven’t been here this is a must try spot! A fair warning, the weekends can get super busy so plan accordingly. Their wait times on the weekends can get as high as 2-3 hours. You can join a waitlist ahead of time, but just know this before you head out there. I have found the best time to go is during the weekday if you are able. But even Friday mornings can start getting busy around 9-10 so there may be a small wait but it is so so worth it. For their full menu click here.
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