Huevos Rancheros at Cafe Kacao in Oklahoma City

Cafe Kacao: Guatemalan breakfast and more

by | August 2, 2011 | 16 Comments


Cafe Kacao

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3325 N. Classen
Oklahoma City, OK 73118

Exterior of Cafe Kacao in Oklahoma City

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.

Have you been to Cafe Kacao? Have you tried anything other than breakfast? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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  • Grant says:
    August 2nd, 2011 at 1:12 am   

    I eat at Kacao a lot and it is wonderful. Isn’t it owned by the same folks as Antigua (that would explain a lot)?

    My only complaint is how packed the place gets on Sundays after they opened for Sunday brunch, dinner is never too busy. We waited close to an hour for our food Sunday. While the place is awesome, glad I waited the hour after 30 minutes of waiting to sit down, they are suffering from their popularity as the goto brunch place in town.

  • Tim says:
    August 2nd, 2011 at 8:28 am   

    Grant, I believe it’s owned by the same family that started Antigua, but Antigua has been under different ownership for quite a while. I agree that crowds could be a problem here. I haven’t ever been when it’s extremely crowded, but it’s not a big place so I see how it could be overwhelmed.

  • Kelly says:
    August 2nd, 2011 at 9:00 am   

    I have never tried the breakfast dishes – the five or so entrees I’ve sampled have been wonderful, however I have only tried it for workday lunches and had to stop going after waiting about an hour for food a few different times (when the restaurant was not busy). If it was convenient to my house and I had lots of time for a long meal I would be a regular customer.

  • Mike says:
    August 2nd, 2011 at 10:29 pm   

    I have been there once and tried the flautas, they were great, I need go back and try some of the other dishes.

  • Kevin says:
    August 4th, 2011 at 7:30 am   

    mmmmmm, migallas.

    Says it all

  • faye@oklahomacitydoors says:
    August 4th, 2011 at 2:08 pm   

    I agree with Mike, their flautas were truly yummy.

  • Signature Tastes of Oklahoma says:
    August 4th, 2011 at 4:44 pm   

    This seems like a must try place. Don’t know how I’ll choose what to have on the first visit.

  • Emily says:
    August 6th, 2011 at 2:02 pm   

    This place is terrific! Their fried plantains are the best in town, even better than Cafe Antigua. Motulenos Eggs has a richer, smokier bean flavor (maybe due to coffee grounds in their refried beans??) than any I’ve tried. There are so many super yummy choices on their menu.

    They are definitely worthy of local support! Long live local ethnic eateries.

  • Bryan says:
    August 9th, 2011 at 11:47 am   

    I just finished the Huevos Rancheros. Fantastic!

  • Luidgi says:
    August 17th, 2011 at 8:03 pm   

    Thank you for the positive comments guys! we are working very hard to do many more improvements/additions to our restaurant in the coming weeks.

    I have to agree with Emily, Long live local ethnic eateries!

    We will keep you posted.

  • Pam says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 3:54 pm   

    I took a friend from Enid for lunch at Cafe Kacao recently. We found the atmosphere most inviting, with friendly, attentive service, attractive decor and Latin music in the background. We took our time looking over the menu while we sipped horchata and tamarindo beverages. My friend Steve raved about the tamarindo’s perfect balance between sweet and sour and declared it the best he’d ever tasted.

    We both ordered from the breakfast menu–the Motuleno for me and the Tikal Breakfast for Steve. The Motuleno was heaven on a plate with its perfectly cooked eggs over easy atop refried black beans on a soft corn tortilla. This savory combo was topped with ranchero sauce, crumbed fresh cheese and avocado slices. The Tikal Breakfast was quite a platterful, I must say, but my friend proved himself a true trencherman, as the British say. While the food was expertly prepared, Steve warns that the Guatemalan Longaniza sausage was quite salty.

    Since we can both be quite comfortable with excess on occasion, we opted for a shared dessert. We ordered the Kacao Plantains with the chocolate mole sauce, but I realized later that what we received was their Plantains in Glory. But who’s complaining? The portion was huge and was served in a large soup bowl. Words cannot describe its deliciousness.

    The service was attentive and prompt on our weekday visit. We will return soon.

  • Debbie Cook says:
    February 12th, 2012 at 9:16 pm   

    My husband and I went to Cafe Kacao for the first time for lunch on Saturday. Well, he ate lunch and enjoyed but I had to order the Saturday only french toast even though I had already eaten breakfast. It was sinfully delicious! Loved the flavor and slight crunch to the toast slices and this fruit fan really appreciated the slices of banana, strawberry and apple. A little powdered sugar, whipped cream (or whipped cream cheese?) plus some warm syryp. I think it was the best french toast I have ever had! My husband tried a bite and liked it too. They just added some extra seating so there was plenty available when we were there. They had a problem with processing credit cards right then so we paid cash. Our food was not fast but didn’t take too long and was definitely worth the wait. We will definitely be going here again in the future.

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