For the weary traveller having just arrived in Toowoomba and refreshed themselves at scenic Picnic Point, the next sought after attraction is food. A quick drive down Tourist Road/Long Street you can revive the blood cells at the humble The Vintage Cafe. Formerly Vintage Latte, it is just over two kilometres from Picnic Point on the same street which saves searching the local areas for a lunch stop. At Ruthven Central shopping centre you can also grab the bread and milk at the bakery.
Under new management, the colonial clutter and stuffy air of Vintage Latte has been cleared but the antique, mismatched furniture retains an element of charm from grandma's day. Curtains bearing 1930s fasion and shelves supported by ladders keep up the charm with coffee for sale and antique kitchen-ware decor. Coffee for sale choices include Blue Sky's Crema Deluxe and Morning Plunge.
The morning tea fare includes scrumptious cakes and comforting toasties properly fried, not squished, that melt in the mouth. Organic teas and mellow coffees will perk up your spirits. Syrups are available plus Zymil - lactose free milk and soy milk. The Eastern owners understand the Australian need for Vegemite if you have a craving for your childhood favourite.
The Vintage Big Brekky will 'stick to your ribs' with all the usual cooked choices plus Spanish Omelette roll on the side, Chipolata sausages, field mushrooms, roasted tomato and double bacon. Vintage Pancake with berry compote, smoked bacon and maple syrup is heavenly. For the 'Hobbit' in you, fulfill your desire for 'second breakfast' with a local favourite Eggs Bennie with bacon and grilled halloumi goat cheese.
Lunch options include Smashed Avocado on Toast with crumbled fetta, rocket and lemon; and Vintage Classic Rib Fillet Sandwich with smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, salsa, onion jam, lettuce and chilli mayo. Value for money the big rib sandwich is only $12.
The service is top class, brisk and friendly. Regulars' orders are remembered and you could say it's the locals' best kept secret.
An unusual aspect of the cafe is that it is singles-friendly with lots of tables-for-two besides group tables. There is a myriad of reading matter for singles, including Toowoomba's own Coffee Gazette plus books and magazines.
Relax into your next trip to Toowoomba or en route to another town, at The Vintage Cafe. Starting to make a name for itself, it's conveniently located on the corner of Long and Ruthven Streets, open till 4pm.