No visit to Stones Corner should be undertaken without a drop-in to Lady Marmalade, the rustic vintage corner cafe that serves up what are arguably the best breakfasts and lunches on the south side.
Despite the casual ambience – colourful mismatching retro furniture on the footpath and faded shop signs, exposed brick and preserved relic features from a long-gone past (as a bank, bird hospital and general store) inside – what comes out of the kitchen is anything but casual cafe fare.
The chef quality menu, sourced locally and prepared in-house, draws inspiration from Asia and the American deep south – think all day breakfast dishes such as okra, tomato and bean gumbo with crumbled tofu and dukkah on sourdough or 'gringo' baked eggs with wagyu chorizo, black bean ragu, herbs and fetta. or Chai spiced muesli.
Signature lunch would have to be the caramelized pork belly bun with a side of brie, sage mayo, crispy pancetta and apple sauce or the Ploughman's Lunch of cheese, fresh pear, bread and house roasted meat.
There's nothing humble about the sandwiches here with a choice of turkey with sweet quince paste, wagyu beef or roasted mushrooms and goat cheese, nor the pies – think house made po'chicken. Also available at the counter are a range of delicious house made daily salads. And for afters leave room for the peanut buttercup tart or one of the other delectable sweet treats.
Coffee is well made Genovese or, for a summer refresher, try the Saigon, a delicious cool pick-me-up of iced coffee on condensed milk.
Need to know: The Eastern Busway stop is across the street, it's on the bike route from Annerley and through to Norman Park and if street parking's tight there's parking available in the library car park also across the road.