A south side local, and clearly guilty of judging places by their exteriors, my sister had noticed the Foxy Bean while driving though the area.
"We have to try this cafe down the road," she had been telling me for months.
As usually happens when you've judged something by its cover, we were very much surprised.
Outside, the Foxy Bean is cheerfully blue and wooden, with the look of a countryside grocery store. Inside, we found a tavern-like space, with the decor and ambiance of an underworld locale.
It was approaching 3pm and the barista was closing up the coffee area, but he nonetheless greeted us jauntily and made us two take-away lattes.
A glance at the menu propelled the Foxy Bean to the top of my 'Eat here!' cafe list.
Each day from 6am, the Foxy Bean serves an eclecticism of meals, from Toasted Banana, Pumpkin and Walnut Bread with vanilla mascarpone and stewed rhubarb ($10.90) to an Eggs Benny with your choice of maple bacon, ham, smoked salmon or Foxy Beans ($14.90).
The lunch menu boasts delights like an Open Smoked Chicken Sandwich with roasted hazelnuts, sweet potato chips, avocado and aioli ($17.90) or a Vegie Burger with beetroot, feta, a sun-dried tomato bagel, potato and sweet potato chips ($17.90).
The Foxy Bean prides itself on using only the finest, organic ingredients. This was definitely the case with our lattes. Made with Genovese coffee on Bonsoy (the crème da la crème of soya milks), they were bliss in a cup.
My sister asked about event facilities and was told of the Foxy Bean's outdoor courtyard area, adorned with lush greenery – a perfect place for a celebratory barbeque or canape function.
Whether you are looking for a place to brunch, hang out with friends, or have a few drinks before heading to an AFL or cricket game at the Gabba, I absolutely recommend the Foxy Bean.