Casa Bonomi Panificadora
Rua Cláudio Manoel 460 (corner Av. Afonso Pena; in the Praça Benjamim Guimarães)
Funcionários, Belo Horizonte, MG
(visited February 2003)
Casa Bonomi has no sign, but is reasonably easy to find, and worth the small effort. The decor is understated and simple, dark wood and stone. The setup is standard walk-up cafe: ask at the counter for items in the display case, take your food and choose a table. Service was polite even though my Portuguese was awful.
And the food itself is quite good. I was only looking for a snack, so I picked up a croissant (R$1.90, US$0.60), and a pao de milho--cornbread, in roll form --(R$2.10, US$0.67); but all the usual cafe options are available, including sandwiches, pastries, pasta, and crepes. Both were tasty: the pao de milho was a surprise because I didn't actually remember what "milho" meant, and the croissant wonderfully buttery and flaky.
This is the sort of place to linger over your coffee and read the paper, though the lack of air-conditioning could be a problem on hot days.