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Most Americans might think of tapioca as a sweet ingredient in pudding cups or bubble tea. But at Brazilian Bread in Berkeley, it’s the basis of pão de queijo (cheese bread), yucca fries, tapioca crepes, and even served alongside grilled steak. Owner Delvira Rodrigues, originally from Brazil, serves several kinds of pão de queijo, from savory garlic to tangy-sweet molten guava jelly. The bread is crisp on the outside with a mochi-like, chewy center. Ask what’s fresh out of the oven; bags of frozen pão de queijo are also available to bake at home. The tapioca flour crepes are pillowy, warm, and chewy. The version with guava jelly and shredded coconut balances fruity sweetness with creamy, savory Jack cheese. The açaí bowls, which are made to order, are refreshing and not too sweet. Don’t miss the risole — bite-size deep fried croquettes stuffed with melted cheese and sweet corn kernels — and for dessert, try the nostalgia-inducing chocolate sweets called brigadeiros.

— Katherine Hamilton

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