If you’re staring at your smart phone and following the rather impressive First Coat experience into the back alleys and laneways of Toowoomba – and you should – you’re likely to stumble upon Ground Up Espresso Bar.
It sits on Searles Walk between a bright purple piece by New Zealand artist, Askew One, on the Duggan Street end, and an equally impressive tropically inspired mural at the Ruthven Street end by Sydney-based commercial artist, JUMBOist.
They won my business by stocking The Baker’s Duck pastries that I completely lost my mind over last week. Word on Ruthven Street is, they’re delivered every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, meaning there are now four days a week you can get your hands on these beauties.
There’s only a small indoor space, so pull up a pew in the laneway to tuck into a generous Eggs Benedict ($17.50) that certainly looked the part. It's dished up on an old-school enamel plate, but sadly lacked a little in the flavour department, even with using lightly pan-fried leg ham.
So Eggs on Toast ($20) – which should actually be called eggs near toast if we’re going to get technical – with bacon, tasty field mushrooms and a little pot of tomato chutney, won the day.
They’re serving up Toby’s Estate Coffee, which isn’t usually robust enough for my taste, but it scrubbed up fine in an Iced Coffee ($5), in a handled glass jar (naturally).
Suitably re-fueled, you should continue uncovering Toowoomba's First Coat graffiti trail - after all, there's an Alex Lehours piece just around the corner...
Ground Up Espresso Bar
Searles Walk, 501 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba
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