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Published March 6th 2016
Hop over and swallow some great local produce
For a town of less than 1000 people, Allora has a few claims to fame. Rugby league supercoach Wayne Bennett was born in the town; Mary Poppins author P. L. Travers spent part of her childhood there; and every December and January fields around the town are awash with giant sunflowers in bloom.
Outside of those two months though the temptation is to skip past this Darling Downs town, located just off the New England Highway between Warwick and Toowoomba. If you're in a rush then it's understandable; however if you're passing through most mornings and need some personal refueling then take the turn-off and make your way to the Frog and Swallow Cafe on Herbert Street in the centre of town.
I made my way there on a lovely Sunday morning just in time to order from the breakfast menu (8am - 11am). This proved to be a great thing, as the penultimate item on the menu stood out. "Josh's Dream" was two sweet potato, apple cinnamon pancakes topped with smoky bacon and eggs.
When the meal came out the sweet smell of cinnamon mixed with the saltiness of the bacon and eggs, something confirmed with the first mouthful. Despite the sweet smells the sweet potato, bacon and egg gave the meal a nice blend of the sweet and salty that you wouldn't ordinarily expect in a country cafe. The macchiato made a nice caffeinated accompaniment for a total meal cost of under $20.
If I'd been a few minutes later though this wouldn't have been a bad thing. The special of the day was a pulled pork and slaw sourdough roll for $10.00, while they also do burgers and bagels. If you're after something to remember the trip then the proprietors also produce their own range of jams, marmalades and relishes made from local ingredients.
So if you're travelling on the New England Highway between Toowoomba and Warwick then take the time to duck off the highway and head into Allora. It's a pretty little town with a couple of famous ex-residents - and a top little cafe to boot.