Cafe Habana – Hidden Breakfast Gem in Ann Arbor

Yesterday morning my husband and I went to breakfast at Cafe Habana in downtown Ann Arbor for the second time in less than a month. I had been there for lunch and dinner a few times over the last year and fell in love with the Cuban food and the beautiful and rich decor. I had forgotten until recently that they also served brunch on the weekends starting at 9 a.m.

Two weeks ago I had the Breakfast Arepas, which are cornmeal pancakes filled with cream cheese, bananas and topped with a delicious fruit salsa. The soft texture of the cornmeal cakes with the creaminess of the cream cheese and the light sweetness of the fruit salsa were a great combination of textures and flavors. I also had one of the best carmel lattes I’ve had anywhere that morning. It came in a wide-mouth coffee cup with the perfect amount of foam and was better than the lattes I get at gourmet coffee shops.

This past weekend I tried the Breakfast Burrito, which normally comes stuffed with scrambled eggs, chorizo sausage, black beans, cheddar cheese and ranchero sauce and is served with potato croquetas. I skipped the eggs and had them add extra black beans and substituted Cuban toast for the potato croquetas (which are deep fried potato goodness, but a little rich for my blood). The burrito was very tasty and I just love the slightly sweet ranchero sauce that is spooned on the burrito. The Cuban toast was a great way to soak up some of the extra sauce.

I hope Cafe Habana is able to continue their weekend brunch. The restaurant is usually packed for lunch and dinner, but only one or two other tables had customers both mornings we were there. The staff didn’t use the lack of customers as an excuse to slack off. Instead, they are very attentive and knowledgeable. On one hand it would be nice to see the restaurant’s brunch business pick up, but at the same time it’s nice not having to wait in line and have a great place to go that feels a bit like a secret! If you get a chance and are looking for something a little more adventurous than your typical bacon and eggs, try out Cafe Habana this weekend.