At the Local

WHEN the Layup Cafe changed managers recently, owner Vicki Sorrenson wanted an inviting eatery where denizens could meet, so she renamed it The Local.

“I want it to be a place to catch up, as a community base,” she told the Voice.

I was heading elsewhere for lunch, but the beaming smile of a young women serving alfresco customers at The Local, and her astute advice on where to park made me change my plans.

Everything except the cakes are made in-house, using fresh, seasonal produce, Ms Sorrenson says.

I ordered the barramundi, which was the most expensive item on a well-priced menu.

Perched on a potato cake, with a wonderfully fresh and crunchy coleslaw, the fish was well worth the $25.

The flesh was firm and moist, with a lovely orange and caper sauce, but a generous squeeze of fresh lime juice made all the difference.

Meanwhile, my new friends Kirsty and John were demolishing a couple of burgers.

He had the surf and turf—an amazing tower of grilled steak and crab meat—and she had the trusty old beef burger (both $20 with chips).

“The tomato sauce is homemade and it’s awesome, zesty and tasty,” Kirsty said.

John loved his burger and was really excited about the “big, chunky” chips

“Each chip was likable in itself–and you get a whole basket full,” he enthused.

Regulars at the cafe love the coffee: “It’s always wonderful,” Kirsty said.

“Excellent,” John agreed, who was just back from the Pilbara and had been hanging for The Local’s brew.

I opted for a pot of earl grey tea, and a slice of banana bread ($8 together).

Served toasted, the bread had a hint of spice and a lovely caramel crust, and was so moist it hardly needed the butter it came with, but I slathered it on anyway.


The Local
197 Brisbane Street,

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