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Brew Babies Garden Bistro in Cape Coral Florida


If you are looking for fine dining and a great atmosphere in Cape Coral look no further than Brew Babies Garden Bistro. Tucked away on quiet Lafayette street in downtown Cape Coral, Brew Babies Garden Bistro is easy to miss but well worth looking for.  This hidden gem has become one of the Cape’s best restaurants.

osso bucco at Brew Babies restaurant Cape Coral

Pork Osso Bucco. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, all rights reserved.
slowly oven roasted, served with garlic mashed and a savory pan jus. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, all rights reserved.

Upon entering the garden courtyard  you find yourself surrounded by a lush tropical garden. The bistro tables with white linens and the sound of  the water from a fountain in the center of an open patio immediately makes you feel at home.  If the weather is not ideal you can also chose to sit at one of the two buildings on each side of the courtyard in which the space is broken into small and cozy areas.

Upon arriving we where quickly seated and the friendly and knowledgeable server explained the menu and specials. We started off with the gulf shrimp and baked escargot en baguette. My husband had the osso bucco and I tried the fresh gulf grouper.   The dishes where not only delicious but also beautifully plated. The grouper was flaky, tender and had just the right balance of flavors and texture. The osso bucco, a northern Italian specialty made with veal shanks, had been slowly cooked to perfection. The meat coming away from the bone with a melt in your mouth softness, its sweet, meaty flavor a perfect match for its complex sauce redolent of tomato, lemon, herbs and wine.

carrot cake Brew Babies

Moist and rich carrot cake. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, all rights reserved.

We finished our meal with a tiramisu and a key lime pie.  The key lime pie was my favorite, a perfect combination of sweet and tangy with a velvet soft texture.  Other desserts include the moist and rich carrot cake and the creme brûlée and the chocolate lava cake!

Key Lime Pie Brew Babies Cape Coral

Key Lime Pie Brew Babies Cape Coral. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, all rights reserved.

The menu changes seasonally offering heartier dishes like the delicious New York stip steak while in the summer there are more seafood options. Originally conceived as a coffee shop by restauranteur couple Wayne and Valerie Elam Brew Babies has evolved and  grown becoming not only one of the best restaurants in Cape Coral but also a  leading jazz venue in Southwest Florida.

New York Strip steak Brew Babies Cape Coral

Grilled New York Strip
steak topped with toasted gorgonzola drizzled with sweet balsamic reduction. Photo Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz. All rights reserved,

A rare and precious combination of great food made with fresh ingredients, an inviting atmosphere and live music this Cape Coral restaurant will quickly become a favorite.  We have been here on a couple of occasions and both times the service was impecable.

Brew Babies Cape Coral

Live music and great ambiance make Brew Babies the perfect place for a romantic dinner or for getting together with friends.

I had the opportunity to chat with Valerie Elam who described how the original idea for Brew Babies as a coffee shop evolved and morphed in response to the eatery’s clients, becoming one of Cape Coral’s favorite restaurants.  This is a family business and you can just feel how everything in the restaurant has been made with love, from the food created by Wayne Elam himself to the soft and inviting jazz music played live by his incredibly talented wife, Valerie.  When she is not performing Valerie joins Wayne in welcoming guests and making you feel right at home.

Brew Babies restaurant Cape coral

Brew Babies restaurant Cape coral

A rare and precious combination of great food made with fresh ingredients, an inviting atmosphere and live music this Cape Coral restaurant is a true gem.

For more information and to check out their menu and events you can visit the Brew Babies website, like them on Facebook or follow them on twitter @BrewBabies.

Brew Babies

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About the author

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula moved from her native Guatemala to SW Florida with her husband and two children and together they are discovering what it means to live life between two languages. Paula studied architecture who now makes a living as a freelance writer, traveler and amateur photographer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and www.365thingsswfl.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on travel, food and bicultural and bilingual parenting . When she is not on a plane or road trip she likes to create recipes inspired in the flavors of her native Guatemala.

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