Now you won't drive past this place....The Big Apple will grab your attention but for goodness sake do not have breakfast at your motel...dull and boring IMO....wait till you are on your way out of town...just north of Stanthorpe....and stop at Vincenzos.
There is everything here....wonderful food....home made jam drops...good coffee....a gourmet deli....fashion hats , jewelry, gifts.....you can browse for hours. And of course APPLES.....this is apple country.
Heavens maybe this should have been a "Things to DO" tip but it is too late now!
Favorite Dish: Well I had scrambled eggs and coffee and David had bake beans on toast....".those beans look good to me"....and then we stayed a while....did a bit of browsing and newspaper reading....a PROPER paper thank you.! Then we 'hooked in' for a morning tea just to try the jam drops.
It was quite busy and the owner was run off his feet....but the meal was worth waiting for.
It is difficult to know how many staff to employ....Sunday and holiday wages are a bit rough if there are no customers as sometimes happens....but today was a busy Sunday.
In Stanthorpe, Queensland, Australia there is a little bit of Italy which happens to be one of the best restaurants for a smorgasbord that I have ever visited. (They tell me a la carte is good too but the smorgasbord is what they all come for Friday and Saturday nights)
The cook is over 70years (2013) and runs the restaurant with her son. The original owner was her daughter Anna who founded the restaurant at 16 years of age!!...and is now back in Italy with 3 children
We knew about Annas as David has friends who are locals.....
You can email them but you can only book by phone....Tuesday to Saturday
Favorite Dish: There is such an array of beautiful food that the mind boggles....much of which was new to me...Oh yes a few old favourites but believe me you will keep coming back for more.....and the platters are freshly filled all the time.
Here is an idea of what is on offer:
Mussels With Garlic & Tomato
Abruzzi Stuffed Capsicums
Scalloppine Alla Marsala
Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni
This restaurant is in Warwick which is about an hour from Stanthorpe heading to Brisbane. Used to be known as the Dome Deli and also the Bramble Patch Cafe (of which there is the Bramble Patch farm in the Stanthorpe area.) Very confusing.
Anyway now known as Cafe Jacquis but still has great food and a relaxing atmosphere.
Also they have some great local jams etc (very professionally done mind you not home made) so if you forget to get pressies for people back home whilst on the Granite Belt pull in here and they will never know.
Favorite Dish: I love the Turkish bread with avocado, cranberry sauce, turkey and camembert cheese. Very nice. About $13 but would really be enough for two ladies to eat (the guys I know would eat it alone very easily.) Served with chips or salad.
In a predominately Italian community Thunderbolt Farm and Claudia's Country Restaurant is a nice change with their authentic German food. It is also a winery although I am not a big wine drinker. The settings are so relaxing and easy going that once you sit down you feel like you could stay all afternoon. Claudia and Keith are great hosts that ensure you have a great time. The food of course is delicious.
The garden and farm yard setting outside of the eatery ensures that littlies can enjoy some exercise while they wait for their meals. My three year old nephew is always made feel welcome yet the child free visitors can still have a relaxing lunch/dinner.
Great value for money. Last time I visited I had three courses for under $30.
Opening times are:
OPEN 11 TO 4
Friday and Saturday DINNER 6.30pm til Late!!! (Bookings prefered)
CLOSED Tuesday & Wednesday
Favorite Dish: I love the assorted dips (some are sourced from Mt Sterling Olives up the road) for my first course. For the second course I love the Vienna Schnitzel with coleslaw and potatoes. Of course dessert is my favourite with the Apple Strudel coming up tops (although all the other options are delicious too.)
Lots of delicate, light foods that allow you to enjoy the surrounds and relax. Pretty light decorations and friendly staff not to mention a great variety of teas and nibblies. Out the back is a garden centre and nearby a cottage if you are after somewhere to stay. They specialise in high teas and will even cater for weddings. There is an adjoining antiques shop if you wish to browse as you wait for your meal. We love to meet the 'girls' out there mind you my grandad even loves it! Definitely a place to go to enjoy peace and quiet and to relax.
Favorite Dish: I love the miniature scones served on a tiered server and the little tongs that you use to pick them up with. Also the wide variety of jams. My favourite of all the scones is the date one.