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Report: TCU-area Cafe Brazil closes; chicken-and-waffles restaurant moving in

The three wings and blueberry waffle at Taste-N-See Chicken and Waffles, which will move into the former Cafe Brazil space on West Berry Street.
The three wings and blueberry waffle at Taste-N-See Chicken and Waffles, which will move into the former Cafe Brazil space on West Berry Street. Star-Telegram archives

Cafe Brazil, the Dallas-based breakfast spot, has closed its only Fort Worth location, CultureMap Fort Worth reports.

The West Berry Street location, just a little to the east of University Drive in the TCU-area, served its last customer on Sunday, according to Fort Worth food writer Malcolm Mayhew. "They're moving the furniture out right now," an employee at Cafe Brazil's Deep Ellum location told Mayhew.

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But the spot won't be without breakfast for long: Taste-N-See Chicken and Waffles, which has a location on Altamesa Blvd. in southwest Fort Worth, is planning to close the Altamesa location and take over the former Cafe Brazil space at 2880 W. Berry St., with a target opening of June, Mayhew reports.

Mayhew, a former Star-Telegram staff writer, continues to contribute to the Star-Telegram as well as CultureMap and other outlets. He reviewed Taste-N-See for the Star-Telegram in 2016.

"In less deft hands, fried chicken can be so greasy that it leaves the waffle soggy," Mayhew wrote of the tiny restaurant. "Here, though, the house-made waffle was the ideal foil. With crisp, browned edges, it was strong enough to withstand the weight of the chicken but with a soft, chewy interior, it was still fork-tender. A subtle vanilla flavor nicely balanced the salt and spice of the chicken."

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Taste-N-See does more than chicken and waffles, including comfort-food sides and desserts. Co-owner DeMarcus Davis told Mayhew that he plans to add some new items but will keep the menu small.

The change adds to a burst of activity in the area: A location of Insomnia Cookies, so called because of its late-night hours (don't worry, you can get cookies there in the daytime, too), is coming soon just a couple of doors down from where the Cafe Brazil was, and Burleson's Dwell Coffee & Biscuits is adding a location in the old Sovereign Bank space in the six-story Woodcrest Capital building next to a 7-Eleven at the intersection of West Berry Street and University Drive.

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