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Published September 12th 2013
Across town? It's worth the trip
I've heard The Crosstown Eating House mentioned more than twice in conversation over the past few months. When I awoke last Saturday morning to find only crumpets in the cupboard, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to satisfy my curiosity.
The first thing that strikes you about the restaurant is the two-storey building - with bright orange brickwork and heritage green window grills and trimmings, it's hard to miss amongst the growing array of gastronomic treasures in Woolloongabba's trendy antique precinct.
The interior is a cool, casual, retro affair, with lots of natural light, exposed brick and vintage style furniture and embellishments. I can recommend a table in the courtyard, especially if you have young children as you'll be afforded a bit of privacy (and containment) and the bench seats lend themselves well to the usual scattering of books and crayons.
The breakfast menu offers some standard breakfast items like smoked salmon and poached egg, French toast and omelette, but for those feeling more adventurous there are fish tacos, quesadilla and pad kra pao (pork mince, green beans, steamed rice, chilli, lime and fried egg) to really awaken your taste buds.
The service is professional, relaxed and friendly. I imagine ordering another coffee and sipping slowly, letting my thoughts drift in time with the funky tracks playing in the background. But my 19 month old has other plans, so for now I'll leave content with the promise of a return visit to explore the lunch menu.