Mister Sunshine's is a cafe that stays true to its name, it's a ray of sunshine amongst the dreary, boring buildings that line most of George Street Thebarton. With its green succulents, bold lettering, and bright yellow umbrella, Mister Sunshine's sticks out like a sore thumb--but in the absolute best way possible.
The cafe has been running for a while now, but its ownership has only recently passed over to Edwin Comey and Prue Olsen. They've taken it from a casual American food joint (think regular burgers and the like, not the fancy stuff that's taken over most of Adelaide) and refined the menu to serve simple, good quality, and tasty breakfast and lunch fare.
The french toast is a stand out on the breakfast menu. Slices of brioche come served with poached fruit, toasted crumble, labne and maple syrup. If you're not familiar with labne, it's a Turkish yoghurt-based cream cheese with a tangy taste similar to Greek Yoghurt. It plays well with the sweet dish and means that you're not reaching for a glass of water to treat an overload of sweetness.
If you're a savoury breakfast kind of person there are some great options to choose from. The minced mushrooms with poached eggs are a delicious vegetarian option, but if you're after some meat there's the pan friend chorizo with poached eggs, or the egg and bacon burger. The eggs come with thick-cut sourdough and the eggs are poached wonderfully runny. You can add bacon, chorizo, mushroom, toasted tomato, spinach or avocado to any dish for an extra $3 each. The most expensive item on the menu is $12, which keeps things nice and affordable.
The lunch menu features a halloumi or beef and chorizo burger, as well as salads, soups, sandwiches, and smashed avocado on toast. Nothing too fancy, but good quality ingredients done well.
It's always good to see the same attention given to the drinks at any breakfast or brunch spot. DeGroot coffee beans and an excellent barista mean you're guaranteed a good cup of coffee, but there are also pots of tea, smoothies, milkshakes, and juices available. There are a few bottled drinks on the menu, but most are made fresh in store.
There's a quirky kitsch vibe inside. Paintings of mountains are dotted around the room, while the tables and crockery all look like they've time travelled a few decades to the future. If you've got kids there's a small play area with a colouring book and a few toys, and a high chair is available.
Mister Sunshine's is the type of place you wish was your local. Thankfully it's not too far out of the city, and it's just a short walk from the Thebarton tram stop. So no matter where you live, make sure it gets added to your list.