Ever topped your burger with corn and peas? Cafe Beaudelaire’s Beaudelaire Bauru sandwich is the perfect way to experience a taste of Brazil in the heart of Ames’ Campustown.
The restaurant’s signature sandwich starts with a juicy patty made with a mix of ground beef and ham (you can sub a marinated chicken breast or veggie burger, but why mess with tradition?), which is topped with tomatoes, lettuce, onions, corn, peas, a fried egg, mozzarella cheese and a smear of mayo on fresh-baked wheat bread.
That’s a lot, and picking it up is a challenge, but don’t worry about losing a few parts, you can scoop those up with a fork later. The first thing you’ll taste is delicious, greasy beef, then the flavor from the ham emerges. After a few chews, the fried egg, which drips down the side of the sandwich, melts with the peas and corn, which are tender but crisp. The onions and tomatoes are diced the size of the peas and corn, so each bite is a mouthful of veggies and meat.
We offer two tips: First, once you pick it up, don’t set the sandwich down again. It’s messy. Really messy. We don’t recommend ordering this on a first date. Second, order a side of Brazilian fries as a side. The fat, perfectly fried wedges are heavily seasoned and served with mayo for dipping.
Find it: Cafe Beaudelaire, 2504 Lincoln Way, Ames
Info: 515-292-7429, cafebeaudelaire.com