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The Retro Cafe

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Retired Writer 113091
Published July 25th 2011
Step back in the time of records, jukeboxes and when the food was free of preservatives!

The Retro Cafe in on the Redcliffe Peninsula is the perfect place for a healthy breakfast or lunch with a difference.

You will find Redcliffe City thirty minutes north of Brisbane, the place with picturesque views of Fraser Island, Bribie Island and the Glasshouse mountains on a clear day. Redcliffe is home to many restaurants and pubs to compliment the outdoor lifestyle of its residents, however there's no place quite like The Retro Cafe on the esplanade.

The moment you walk in you will be welcomed by friendly staff, more likely to be a family member, as the cafe is family owned.
Be seated as you lick your lips and inhale the aroma of fresh, hot coffee and meals that send your stomach into hungry grumbles.

Order your baguette or burger, all served on fluffy Turkish bread; crispy toasted or left fresh. All ingredients are fresh and preservative free and while you sink your teeth into the best burger in town, get your daily fix with a cup of the fantastic coffee or relax with a pot of tea.

Afterwards, indulge in an American baked cheesecake, yoghurt or banana split-the dessert that seems to be forgotten.

On a recent dining experience at The Retro Cafe, I had the pleasure of speaking with the owner when I gave my compliments on my toasted chicken salad baguette. It may sound like a simple meal, but my taste buds can back me when I say my lunch itself was an adventure; the crisp lettuce tasted as if it had been picked from a vegetable garden by the kitchen, the chicken was tender breast and the chutney, don't get me started on the chutney!

"It's my mother's recipe" Nikki Hughs-founder of The Retro Cafe, chuckled as I passed her my empty plate. "We have quite a few customers ask about the recipe for our chutney, I'm afraid that's one secret we just can't tell. All of our desserts you can see in our cakes cabinet are also homemade so we know what's in them-we stay from the nasties like additives and preservatives."

It's the small things about the food at The Retro Cafe that make you wanting to go back for more. Sure, the food tastes excellent, but go to your local fast food place and there's sure to be a burger or dessert that will taste good.

It's the chunky tomatoes in the small bowl of ketchup that accompanies the fries that adds that special touch. It's the scoop of caramel ice cream in the malt milkshake, the sprinkle of cinnamon on the marshmallows served with the hot chocolate and creamy butter melted on the raisin toast. The Retro Cafe delivers a menu that will be hard to forget.

It's not only the food that makes The Retro Cafe stand out from the rest. It's the ultra-funky decor that send you back to the days of Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe. I felt like I had just stepped into a New York diner the first morning I entered the Redcliffe restaurant.

The walls painted the colour of a flamingo are littered with records and a bright orange jukebox flashes in the corner by the counter where you pay. You can select music from the 60s and early 70s, so you can hum to a favourite tune as you devour your meal.

"My dad was a huge Elvis fan," said Nikki, "and he also had a passion for food. When we were kids, I remember dad always saying to mum that he wishes he had opened a retro style restaurant like the ones they have in America. I knew from a young age that this is what I wanted to create, not only for my father but for Redcliffe. Redcliffe is home for me and there's no restaurant of the sort here on the Peninsula."

As well as a warm atmosphere and healthy food, The Retro Cafe changes their specials daily, so it gives new customers the chance to try foods at a great price.

If you have a love for 60s and 70s music, whether your friends know or you have a hidden Elvis playlist on your Ipod, visit The Retro Cafe for great music, unforgettable food and an experience that will have you visiting Redcliffe time and time again.
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Where: 57 Redcliffe Parade Redcliffe QLD 4020
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