Cafe Kacao: Guatemalan breakfast and more
Cafe Kacao opened up earlier this year in a small building along Classen Boulevard that was formerly occupied by a tire shop. I watched with interest as this building was converted and became especially intrigued when their sign went up, billing themselves as a “Guatamalan Breakfast House.” Now, Guatamalan food is one of my favorite cuisines and breakfast is one of my three favorite meals of the day, so I was intrigued early on and was eager to try them out once they opened their doors.
Though the building isn’t much to look at on the outside, they’ve done a decent job polishing it up, and the interiors are very comfortable and clean. There are several tables and even a couch and some chairs for a coffee shop feel in part of the space. They’re obviously working to create a place that welcomes you to sit back and stay awhile. The atrium-style glass front brings a lot of sunlight into the dining area which is nice at breakfast time and, at least the times I’ve been, their air conditioning units have, quite remarkably, been able to keep the temperatures comfortable in spite of all the sun.
I’ve been to Cafe Kacao a couple of times at lunch and once for Saturday breakfast / brunch and every experience has been enjoyable. The food is fresh, colorfully presented and very tasty. It has a feel of Guatemalan home cooking kicked up just a notch in creativity. Though they offer lunch and dinner fare, I have always made my selections from the extensive breakfast menu.
On my first visit, I had the Tikal Breakfast ($9.99 – see a pic), recommended by my server as an opportunity to try lots of things. It comes with scrambled eggs, thin sliced grilled flank steak, Longaniza (a Guatemalan sausage), refried black beans and fried plantains. It’s also served with what is perhaps my favorite food item in all of the world – thick, homemade corn tortillas (see a pic). If you haven’t had Guatamalan-style corn tortillas, you must try them sometime. I’ve mentioned the tortillas at Cocina Guatelinda many times before and these are similar. Cafe Kacao also makes a “red tortilla” which has some Guajillo Chili mixed into the batter. You can ask if they have them available.
The Tikal was great. I cut up my steak and loaded it, along with some eggs, beans, and a bit of their spicy green sauce, into the warm tortillas, making some wonderful breakfast tacos. The sausage was also very unique and enjoyable. Obviously, this was enough food for two people to share or to at least take home some leftovers, but as I am prone to do, I ate most all of it myself.
On my second visit, I found a dish that’s going to be hard for me to get away from – the Huevos Rancheros ($7.50 – see a pic). Beautiful and colorful, this dish combines whole black beans, sunny-side-up eggs, those amazing corn tortillas (lightly fried), sour cream, ranchero sauce, pico and avocado slices. The textures, flavors and colors of this dish just make me happy. It’s sort of a good thing that Cafe Kacao isn’t open early enough for me to stop by each morning, or I would likely be consuming way too many of these.
On my third visit, I brought my wife for Saturday breakfast. I had the Huevos Rancheros again and she had an omelette, which she said was one of the best she’s had. But the real treat was discovering the available-only-on-Saturdays french toast ($6.99 – see a pic). I am not a big french toast fan but this won me over. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, it’s topped with whipped cream cheese, strawberries, apples, bananas and powdered sugar. The whole thing is served in a beautiful, tall presentation. I loved it. I just loved it.
So, I’m really sold on Cafe Kacao as you can tell, but another one of our writers, Sarah, also tried it with her husband and I wanted to share some of her perspective as well. Sarah says:
“Hubs ordered the Breakfast Sandwich ($6.99 – see a pic) for his entree, which was served with grilled sourdough bread stuffed with a mountain of scrambled eggs, bacon and cheddar cheese. They were happy to substitute their fresh, white cheese instead of the cheddar for him. It also came with a cup of mosh (Guatemalan oatmeal) and fresh fruit topped with their passion fruit and raspberry sauce. He had never had mosh and he liked the sweet taste but wished the consistency had been a little thicker.
“I chose the Migallas ($7.25 – see a pic), which include scrambled eggs mixed with tortilla chips, onion, tomatoes, cilantro and jalapeno. It came with a side of refried black beans and fresh fruit. The Migallas were good, but heavy on the tortilla chips, which I found somewhat greasy. I could have used about half the chips and a lot more eggs and veggies. The green salsa served on the side was was delicious poured over the eggs.”
There’s more than just breakfast at Cafe Kacao. You can see their full and extensive menu on their website. I’m just not sure that I’ll ever get past the breakfast items because they are just so tasty. With friendly service, a comfortable atmosphere and tasty Guatemalan dishes creatively prepared and presented, Cafe Kacao is a great addition to the Oklahoma City restaurant landscape and a must try for weekend brunch, in my opinion.
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