So apparently, everything old is new again… again. All the things we rolled our eyes at as, “Sooooooo 80s, mum” when we were growing up are now popping up on the menus of the hottest cafes in town.
Jaffles were a staple of lazy Sunday dinners, using up leftovers and leaving us with third degree burns to our tongues (seriously, how is it possible for cheese to get that hot?)
So where can you find the best jaffles on the Sunshine Coast, this side of 1987?
If your pockets are a bit bare but you still want a piece of this jaffle action, head down to Project Espresso on a Wednesday. ALL their jaffles are just $5. As daggy as it is, we kinda dig the tinned Heinz spaghetti and cheese jaffle (just like grandma used to make!). If you’re in the mood for something a bit fancier, we’re huge fans of the Notorious P.I.G (yes, we admit it, mostly for the name) but the Cubanos with pulled pork, ham, mustard, pickles and Swiss is our one true love.
Our mates at Moto have truly elevated the humble jaffle to a thing of beauty. They’re on the menu from 6.30am, so you can wake up to a brekky jaffle, if that’s your jam—prosciutto, house-made baked beans and smoked cheddar. Grab a spot in the sun, crack open the golden crust on your jaffle to let it cool, while you sip on your Moto blend Clandestino latte and soak up the Noosa vibes. If you’re not a morning person, the lunch jaffle menu kicks in from midday (a MUCH more civilized hour, if you ask us!) There’s old-school ham and cheese, or a smoky chipotle chicken taco jaffle to choose from. But our all-time fave is an epic three cheese jaffle. We’re completely obsessed with this baby, made with brie, smoked cheddar, mozzarella and caramelised onion (which totally counts as a vegetable, right?)
We’re sure you don’t really need another reason to hit up Peregian Beach for a lazy arvo—after all, the homewares, the beach, the bakeries and the boutiques are hardly a secret! But if you do need another nudge in that direction, then this is definitely IT. Old-school doesn’t mean boring, and retro jaffles don’t mean you need to stick with tinned spaghetti and cheese (even though we totally do sometimes!) Pitchfork earns the crown for the ultimate, super-luxe jaffle to be found anywhere on the Coast. These guys are committed to making their menu items from scratch, and they use house-made pastrami in their brekky jaffle (served up until 11.30am). It’s paired with pecorino and truffle for a truly decadent breakfast experience, and they even do a mini version for the anklebiters.
Art Of Bean
This sneaky little spot kinda flies under the radar. In fact, unless you’re a creative type, or someone who regularly needs a shared workspace with free wifi, you’d probably miss Art Of Bean altogether. But don’t be fooled into thinking this is all about the venue! You can always get a seriously good coffee, and their blackboard menu changes daily with fresh goodies made to order. And this place has gone next level with their jaffles. These aren’t a meal, they’re a freaking artform. Their epic all-day jaffle menu takes a bunch of sandwich favourites and serves them up in jaffle form—a smoked ham, vintage cheddar and béchamel Croque Monsieur, a corned beef, Swiss and sauerkraut Reuben, and a US-style Sloppy Joe with homemade savoury mince. All cheesy and toasty, of course!
Thinking you should probs balance all that cheese with something healthy tomorrow? Start with these five delicious acai bowls you need in your life.
Image credit: Amy Higg for The Urban List