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The food arrived in a snappy fashion in those cute little plastic baskets that remind me of a 1950's diner meal. I was beginning to wonder where our drinks were. We had gone the easy road and ordered the advertised a jug of Pimms to share. I'm sure they guys will make any cocktail you want but it would have been handy to have a list of cocktails to choose from. The jug eventually turned up midway through our meal. The Chicken Wings were as expected, crunchy and hot with a nice little dipping sauce. The perfect snack with drinks. I'll have more of them next time I visit. We split the Po Boy which was tasty and fresh but didn't have enough pizazz for me. I recommend it but would try something else on the menu for myself, before I re-ordered it.
We revisited for a late breakfast on a weekday. Choosing from the breakfast menu was much easier in the daylight. And what a menu! Salted Caramel Granola, Corn Tortillas w Spiced Mince, Salt Cod Croquettes w Chorizo. It's varied to say the least and a welcome change from the standards. Though I was sorely tempted by the Sticky Date, Spiced Pumpkin and Ricotta Pancakes, I plumped for House Made Corn Bread, Maple Bacon w Fried Egg, Tomato, Paprika Sour Cream and Roasted Mushrooms gf ($14.50). Anthony went for an old favourite of Scrambled Eggs on Sourdough w Roasted Tomato ($12.50). They were both enjoyable but I think mine was the better choice, with the home made corn bread. Both meals were the right size for breakfast too. Not enormous rafts of toast nor minuscule curls of bacon. In a city where it's hard nowadays to get a cafe breakfast for less than $20 let alone under $15, these meals were incredibly good value.
Now when I say the food arrives quickly, I mean zoom! It couldn't have been even 10 minutes. Both times I had a suspicion that we were being served someone else's meal but no, they were in fact our meals, delivered to the table in record time. We lucked out by going on a Friday morning as I'm sure the place would be chocka-block on weekends and the meals may take a little longer but Shady really has an eye on good service.
There has been some suggestion from @thewordonfood that I'm a Shady Groupie and yes, she may be right. It's in my stamping ground and a very handy stop on the ride home from work. If things got really messy, it's only a cheap cab fare home. It's a bit like a bar, a bit like a cafe and a bit like being in your parents rumpus room. I'll be back.
A Shady Groupie
Shady Palms Cafe
427 Logan Rd
Stones Corner Qld 4120
Visited: Friday 10th May 2013 - Dinner Service & Friday 17th May 2013 - Breakfast Service