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Published November 28th 2016
Food for thought
A visit to The Parade at Norwood reveals a vibrant cultural centre which has strong community support and comprises some great restaurants, shops and cafes.
Although parking can be a problem, if you pick your visiting times it can make a big difference. For example, early in the day can be better, especially on a week-day as against late morning or lunchtime on a weekend, when the cafes and shops are at their peak.
So how far away from the city is The Parade? Very close, in fact only around 4 kms or a 10 minute drive east of the CBD.
If you are keen on cafe culture, then sampling some of what this area has to offer is a must. Here are 8 I came across on a stroll down The Parade.
Situated on the corner of Osmond Terrace and The Parade, Sfizio offers a great range of coffees, together with food right throughout the day from breakfast through to dinner and late night snacks.
The word Sfizio is an Italian reference to a whim, desire or fancy which is what the cafe hopes to indulge for patrons.
Coffee has become a cult activity these days and Sfizio certainly caters for coffee lovers and offer some unique flavours and styles, including Corretto, which is an espresso shot with a small amount of liquor, usually grappa and sometimes sambucca or brandy.
There is also a style called Doppio, which comprises a double shot of espresso extracted using a double coffee filter.The wider range available also covers the more well known and traditional coffee flavours.
Who would have thought - Sfizio's also offer breakfast cocktails for that real pick-me-up first thing. One option is Morning Glory, which is Aranciata Rossa and Lemon Gelato laced with vodka.
Cooked breakfasts range from $10 to $19 per person, dependent upon your "sfizio", with a big breakfast to really set you up for the day, made up of eggs, bacon, mushroom, tomato, hash brown, italian sausages and toasted ciabatta bread.
The cafe is open from 7.30 am until late 7 days a week.
The rich Italian heritage of Norwood is evident in the number of Italian cafes and restaurants in the area and Cafe Bravo, a well established and popular cafe lies on the corner of Edward Street and The Parade.
Open from 8 am until late 7 days a week, the cuisine is classic Italian with a good range of pasta, risottos, pizzas on the menu, with prices ranging from $20 to $27.
One of the interesting pasta options is entitled Bravo, which consists of smoked salmon, prawns, avocado, pine nuts, spring onion and cream with your pasta of choice.
Breakfast will set you back between $11 and $19 and for those of you who prefer vegetarian options, Cafe Bravo offers The Vego, which is scrambled eggs, grilled tomato, avocado, mushrooms and toast.
With a name that conjures up a family atmosphere, Uncle Albert's Cafe has been operating for the past 30 years or so, and offers all day breakfasts, which are becoming popular throughout Adelaide these days.
Meanwhile for lunch, Uncle Albert's gives flexibility in customers being able to "create your own" sandwich, focaccia, bap, wrap etc with your choice of fillings and condiments. A good thing if you want total control over what you ingest!
The breakfast menu ranges in price from $8 to $16 dependent upon how hungry you feel.
The "create your own" lunch deal will set you back between $8 and $10 and for other lunch items, the price range is between $8 and $20.
Uncle Albert's is open 7 days, with Mon to Sat hours being from 7.30 am to 5 pm and Sun 9am to 4 pm.
At 212 The Parade, on the corner of Margaret Street sits another well-patronised cafe, Argo, which has an extensive range of smoothies and fresh juices.
One of their signature smoothies is the one entitled Passion-ite, which consists of organic almond milk, coconut milk, banana, baby spinach, pineapple, mango and passionfruit. With the warmer weather starting to show its face, nothing more refreshing! The vast Smoothie range will cost you between $8.50 and $9.50.
Argo's also has a great burger range, from the meat-lover through to the vegetarian with some interesting flavours that you may not have thought about combining previously.
If you are into salad, then this is the place to come, as Argo's have a great range of tossed salads priced between $16 and $18.
Argo's is also a great place to hang out with your dog, as they supply water bowls and the outdoor tables and chairs are in the shade. The breakfasts are great as well, and nothing better than catching up with family or friends with a long leisurely brekky on the weekend!
The hours of opening are from 6 am until 5 pm Monday to Friday, Saturdays from 6.30 am until 5 pm and Sundays 7 am until 5 pm. Plenty of opportunity to enjoy the great food, beverages and atmosphere.
The Italian cuisine continues as you wander down The Parade with Caffe Buongiorno, a real Norwood institution for the past 20 years.
If you like dining alfresco, then this is the ultimate, as it boasts the best covered alfresco dining on The Parade, and is located on the opposite corner from Cafe Bravo on the corner of Edward Street.
Not only is there a great breakfast menu but there is also some great Italian dishes for lunch and dinner including Canneloni and their renowned Calzone Rustico, which is made up of ham, salami, mushrooms, capsicum, olives and cheese all wrapped up in a delicious pizza pastry topped with bolognese sauce.
You can indulge in breakfast any time from 7.30 am until 3 pm and the caffe is open until late for feeding the inner soul.
Pricing for mains will set you back somewhere between $18 and $29 and they cater well for kids with their diverse kids menu.
If you like the idea of seeing a movie at the Hoyts cinema on The Parade, then Manto is opposite on the corner of George Street for you to indulge either before or after the film.
Like a lot of other establishments along The Parade, breakfast is available until 3 pm 7 days a week, particularly handy if you happen to sleep in late, but love the idea of something substantial to get you going for the day.
Their big breakfast is $18 which includes some high fibre baked beans. Perhaps a cooked breakfast with an italian flair might be more to your liking. In that case, you can indulge in some baked eggs, which are baked in Napoletana sauce topped with crispy bacon and parmesan cheese served with toast.
From raisin toast for $6 right up to the big breakfast, prices on the menu are reasonably valued.
For lunch and dinner, there is a great range of pizzas, pasta, salads, burgers and main meals including a trio of seafood (squid, prawns and garfish) served with chips and salad for $28.
Prices of mains range between $19 and $28.
Manto also prepare a great range of home-made smoothies with wonderful summery fruits and flavours.
Manto's are open from 7.30 am for breakfast and until late 7 days a week.
If your stomach has no time limits, then you might want to try the 24/7 Enjoy Cafe Bakery at 112 The Parade, on the corner of Osmond Terrace.
Operating since 2007, the iconic business has over 100 years of family tradition tied up in the bakery industry, and has a great range of pies, pasties, cakes, rolls and bread.
Two of their famous pies are the butter chicken as well as lamb curry, all baked fresh using wherever possible South Australian ingredients.
If you have a function coming up, whether some kind of party or special occasion, then Enjoy Cafe Bakery can help with the catering, offering cakes, including those for birthday and other party food such as quiches and cocktail food.
These are but a selection of a numerous amount of cafes dotting the area on The Parade at Norwood. The biggest decision you will need to make is which one you will choose. Maybe you could start at one end of The Parade and over time, gradually eating and drinking your way to the other end. Now there's a challenge!
Stay tuned for more eating options available at this popular corner of Adelaide in the near future!