Rick's Diner: Back to the past
"Meet you at Rick's ...Anytime....for the Best of Times'
Well you are the Sunshine Coast....Palmwoods in the Hinterland actually, Queensland Australia and you want a touch of Elvis times?....you want a milkshake?...you want some Rock and Roll gear?....or even some mechanical work on your car???.....but sorry no petrol for sale!!! (new regulations)...but those old bowsers are still there...see photos.
You can sit inside and go back in time...or outside and feel the hinterland air and see the township activity.
Heavens is a diner a restaurant after all??....probably should have been in 'Thing to Do!'
Favorite Dish: Oh Yes and beside all the decor and the old cars that come along on Thursday nights (don't be clever I know someone has to drive them) you can buy food to your hearts content....Not really fine dining but it is an experience.
- Food and Dining
Coffee Shops in Palmwoods: Across the road from each other
You are in Queensland Australia...Sunshine Coast Hinterland...in Palmwoods.
Some excellent choices for coffee in a quiet little spot......but getting busier!
This all gets to be a bit of a trick....where to put these tips so you will find them....I started off in 'Things to do' because I figured theses places are not really restaurants but maybe I can put them here as well to 'point the way' You do have some choices in this little Palmwoods place.
So check out restaurant reviews as well as things to do and you will not miss out.
So we have Rick's Diner and then there are two more....
Cocoa Tree Cafe and Milk and Honey
and And I am told another little place just around the corner but I have not seen it yet myself...in a laneway I think How does one ever keep up??
Cafe D'Orient: Hidden Away in Palmwoods
You can choose an inside or outside table but it might be an idea to book. They also do take-away.
You can look across to the footpath of plaques (see tip in Dara5 pages) or the Palmwoods Hall.
Not far away is the refurbished pub if you want to BYO.
Open from 6pm. May be closed Tuesday /Wednesday...best to phone first.
Favorite Dish: We love their vegetable fritters and for main course a chicken and cashews dish with rice. You need to BYO. Bring your own alcohol which I am told is a Queensland or maybe Australian custom.
The Cocoa Tree
The Cocoa Tree serves a variety of snacks and light meals and is open for breakfast on Sundays. The atmosphere is relaxed and you can enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee either indoors or out.
Favorite Dish: They make fantastic raspberry and coconut muffins.
The Palmwoods Pub: The best steaks in town
Generally well cooked and presented food with a good price. The Palmwoods Pub has a reputation for excellent steaks. The steaks are of course a little more expensive than the rest of the menu.
Favorite Dish: I love the 200g grain fed rib fillet with the reef extra (prawns and calamari in a garlic sauce) - also the chef's special Chicken Enchilada.
Cafe de Orient: A Taste of Asia
This small restaurant is run by a native Malay who is both chef and manager. The cuisine is mixed Asian and the menu takes you on a trip throughout South East Asia. It has a leaning towards Thai but Indonesian, Vietnamese and Malasian are well represented.
The mains include stir fries, curries and noodles.
The restaurtant is BYO and has seating inside or out. At the end of cooking for the night the owner/chef will come and chat with the diners. The wait staff is made up of local high school and university students and they are very attentive and cheedrful.
Booking is advisable on Fridays and the weekend as people travel from all over the coast and even from Brisbane.
There is also a takeaway service and when I take advantage of this (which is frequently) I love watching the chef work with just two woks to turn out amazing food!
Favorite Dish: My favourite selection of dishes is
'The King & I' and is a mixture of fresh seafood in a garlic and ginger sauce with lots of vegetables. The seafood includes - prawns, scallops, squid, fish and a fresh mussel.
The Massaman curry is also excellent.
There is also a delicious sticky rice dessert.