Brown Dog Cafe

Your cafe dreams come true.
Molly Glassey
Published on May 22, 2014
Updated on February 24, 2021


As humans, what divides us from the animal kingdom is imagination. Our ability to construct fantasy, believe in the unknown, and draw abstracts from nothing. And for so long the dream of most foodies has been to construct the ideal cafe — part polite, part cultured, comfy chairs and food that's near flawless. Perhaps coffee that's never too hot, never too cold. A milkshake thats ice cream to syrup to milk ratio is spot on. A cabinet of sandwich combinations that aren't 'experimental' or 'Paleo', but clever, constructive and filling. And air-con is always a bonus.

Woolloongabba's Brown Dog Cafe may be the only real concrete proof that yes, despite the odds, dreams really do come true. Their menu is cafe perfection, with a drinks selection that breathes life into a perfect coffee, and a milkshake that doesn't need to be compensated with malt but offers the enhancement regardless.

Never make the fatal mistake of walking in without checking the special board — that's where the real deal grabbers are. Whether it be a pulled pork roll, pie with mashy peas, always delicious Ruben or salad or soup of the day, you can expect it to be fresh and generous in portion size. And in this snowy season, nothing beats a warm soup paired with over buttered, lightly toasted bread. Brown Dog mixes things up with a soup of the day, each and every day, from spicy sweet potato to a simple pea, because 'tis the season for warm tums.

Testament to the quality emitted from Brown Dog is the bustling line of customers that tends to inhabit it from noon to 12.30 — corporate lunch time. It moves quickly enough, with each and every person behind the counter working a million miles an hour to make sure everyone's served, happy and on their way without a worry. Eating in is just as much of a delight though.

So next time you're in Woolloongabba, pay this special cafe a visit. Even if you're not on that side of town, it's worth the trip across the bridge. You'll leave feeling nothing but full, warm and optimistic about the rest of your dreams and aspirations.


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