Brazilian Flair in Orleans

Text and photos by Lisa Cavanaugh 
Pictured above: The Rooster sandwich features Viv’s sweet chili-basil chicken salad on a brioche bun. 

Whether you are a tradesman looking for a hearty breakfast or a gym-goer seeking a healthy smoothie after a workout, you can find what you need at Viv’s Kitchen. Located in the Orleans Marketplace on Route 6A, in the former Grand Old Deli, Mike and Vivian Dufresne’s eatery opened earlier this year and was an instant sucess. “Summer was really busy, more than we expected,” says Viv, whose Brazilian heritage inspires much of the menu.

Mike and Viv Dufresne, owners of Viv’s Kitchen.

Mike grew up on Cape Cod, and he, Viv and their young son live in the same house in Eastham that once belonged to his parents. Vivian’s family emigrated from Brazil to Martha’s Vineyard when she was eight years old and the couple led “parallel lives” until finally crossing paths in Boston. After years toiling at other people’s restaurants, Mike and Viv, encouraged by friends and colleagues, took the plunge and launched Viv’s Kitchen in May.

Open every day for breakfast and lunch, the restaurant offers American fare made from scratch. Mike cooks a top round every day for their steak and cheese subs as well as the Brazilian specialties that Vivian grew up with. Viv’s mother and a friend come in each morning to make items like Marmitas, a plate of shrimp, pork, chicken or steak with rice and beans, or a fish stew known as Moqueca. This fall and winter, Viv’s Kitchen will be offering new items, such as vegan curried soups and linguica breakfast sandwiches.

“We want our customers to taste something new and let us know what they think,” says Viv. “We are planning on being here a long time.”

130 Route 6A, Orleans, 508-255-3354,

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