About Café do Brasil
“The place to savor authentic and scrumptious regional dishes and stellar caipirinhas.” In the heart of Midtown, OKC.
I wanted to create a restaurant that tasted and felt like Brasil: colorful, happy, and loud in many ways, so I hung colorful Brasilian folk art over the bright yellow and green walls which represent the colors of our flags, turned up the music and packed the menu with the foods that would reminded me of my home country and give everyone the same experience: exquisite oils, fragrant and exotic peppers, rich black beans, crafting dishes such as Feijoada, Caldeirada de Pirarucu, Picanha, Baiao De Dois, Bo-Bo De Frutas, and many others… And that’s how it’s been ever since we opened. Not that we haven’t changed. We change all the time, adding new authentic flavors to our menus, developing new relationships with the our vendors who provide us with everything in order to bring an experience to your table. But at the end of the day, no matter how inventive our techniques or our ingredients are, my message is intricate and pungent: leave the comfort zone and propose a new gastronomic experience, delivering the most authentic flavors of Brazilian Cuisine.
Café do Brasil was founded in 1994, by Ana Davis and her brother Mario Paixao under the name “More than Muffins” and was previously located in the Victoria Building. In 1998 Mario decided to step out of the restaurant business, leaving Ana as a sole-proprietor. She rapidly changed the direction of More than Muffins, by changing the name to Café do Brasil and introducing some of her native cuisine, which was greatly accepted by the guests.
In 2005 Ana & her husband, Larry Davis, a prominent immigration attorney in the city decided to expand the business and move to our current location at 440 N.W. 11th , opening in Nov. 2005 with an authentic and exquisite Brazilian Menu.
Ana travels to Brazil once a year to visit and work under different chefs in many regions within Brazil, to learn and update her culinary skills. She is very involved in the daily activities of the restaurant, making sure that all operations meet her high standards. She was born and raised in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
As an outcome of numerous newspaper and T.V reviews, Café do Brasil has acquired a very reputable presence in the market. It has been chosen as the “Best Latin Restaurant of OKC” from 2009- 2016, Best Brunch in Town, Best Patio and Best Roof Top Bar.
In 2006, Ana teamed up for “The Cuisine of the Americas” with Rick Bayless (One of the most respectable chefs in the U.S) for a fundraiser at the restaurant for KCSC a local public radio station.
In 2007 Ana was nominated by the Journal Record as one of its “A woman of the Year” due to all her contribution and dedication to the community.
2005 – Alcyr de Souza – Chef/Owner – “The Grill from Ipanema” – Washington DC
2009 – Natacha Fink –Chef/Owner- “Espirito Santa” – Rio de Janeiro
2012 – Alex Atala, – Chef/Owner – “D.O.M” (The 9th best restaurant in the world to learn about the newest and most innovating ingredients in Brasil) – Sao Paulo
2015 – Rodrigo Oliveira – Chef/Owner “Mocoto” – Sao Paulo
2018 – Leo Paixao – Chef/Owner “Glouton” – Belo Horizonte