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By Elizabeth Penrose
March 25, 2014

Vinnie's Deli and Cafe

The combo of casual dining and simple food done right works like a charm for Vinnie's.
By Elizabeth Penrose
March 25, 2014

Located in the middle of the bustling Newmarket shopping complex you will find Vinnie's Deli and Cafe. This delightful hive of activity proves to be the only non-chain cafe in the shopping district and is packed out during peak meal times.

The space is large including both outdoor and indoor dining areas. On a recent visit, it seemed that outdoors was the place to be and we were squeezed into one of the few remaining tables, while indoors was not nearly as full. Perhaps the preference for alfresco dining has something to do with the Italian heritage of the owners, which is expressed in their cafe and weaved into its menu. As such, it's not uncommon to hear the melodic sounds of the Italian language being spoken in the cafe by regulars.

Although Vinnie's menu is not exactly adventurous, the food is well executed, reasonably priced and the portion sizes are on the money. The eggs benedict is a no-frills version of the classic breakfast choice. Other breakfast options include a variety of omelettes, fruit toast, a big brekky with all of the trimmings (warning: it's huge!), amongst others. For lunch try one of the range of wraps. The vegetarian wrap is packed full of delicious pumpkin, eggplant and a slathering of cream cheese. It is served with delightful salad including olives, feta, lettuce and a drizzling of balsamic vinegar. Its frappes are definitely noteworthy and hit the spot on a hot Brisbane day – try the mixed berry and mint option. Vinnie's has recently extended its hours and are now open for dinner on Friday night, which includes typical Italian meals such as pasta dishes and a wide variety of pizzas.

Vinnie's has proved itself amongst the popular chain cafes and eateries that surround it. Thanks to its simple but well done food, great service and no-fuss vibe, it's safe to say that Vinnie's loyal clientele will continue to grow. Next time you're doing your grocery shopping, stop by Vinnie's for a coffee. After seeing the stocked cabinet we guarantee you won't leave without a chicken wrap, or at least a sweet treat.

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