Eating something that's good for you and snacking on something delicious may not be mutually exclusive, but when you're trying to find somewhere to eat in the inner city, they can seem to be. Thankfully, a Sunshine Coast institution venturing down south wants to change that state of affairs. Health- and taste-conscious Brisbanites, meet Raw Energy.
Originally setting up shop in Coolum back in 1998, Raw Energy is all about making mouth-watering meals out of unprocessed, local ingredients. That they've opened eight other cafes over the last two decades is a testament to their success — although their all day breakfast and lunch menus might have something to do with it, too.
After some traditional early morning fare? Then their corn, zucchini and chive fritters are hard to beat, particularly when accompanied by grilled bacon, avocado, a poached egg and baby spinach. If the midday meal is more your style, prepare for salads, sandwiches and burgers, with the Mexican five-bean, sour cream and sweet chilli option a mouth-watering example of the latter. Whatever the time of day, you can wash it all down with a lengthy list of fresh juices and smoothies. In the near future, you'll even be able to do so by night, with dinner service coming soon.