We hadn't eaten breakfast and were hoping to find something 'quaint' and 'country'. He looked at me as husbands do when they think their wives want the unattainable. I just smiled and ignored him, and crossed my fingers.
Luck had it that Cafe 22 on Main Street caught my eye. Even luckier were we as we walked in and discovered a newly renovated cafe that had barely opened their doors. The new owners, local sisters Joy and Wendy joined forces and created a cozy cosmopolitan cafe in downtown Proserpine. Wendy's daughter, Ruby is the Barista. Whilst Wendy loves to cook and create the menu, Joy keeps the front of house looking great and ticking over.
The moment you walk in you sense an understated style which makes the guys as comfortable as the girls. There's nothing tizzy about this place. The decor is tasteful and the tables a good size, spread out so you're not eavesdropping on your neighbour's conversation.
If you want to make new friends, you can choose to sit at the communal table or in the comfy sofas at the back of the restaurant, and admire the works by local artists. Even the loo is cleverly decorated with some great colour and fifties-style photographs.
We mustn't forget the most important thing about any cafe, and that's food, and of course Coffee. Cafe 22 scores full marks here too. The coffee machine is boldly visible at the front of the shop and encourages you to enter and explore the glass fronted counter offering a selection of today's freshly cooked goodies. I didn't expect to find both Gluten Free Vegetarian Lasagne and regular Lasagne, or a Caramelised Onion tart on the menu, let alone soy and decaf offerings in the coffee department. Of course they do all the coffees that normal people want.
Everything in the display counter looked delectable and the menu offerings were interesting and varied. Enticing enough it seems for the locals to be encouraging the owners to open on Sundays. Currently they open Monday to Saturday.