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The hum­ble toasted sand­wich can cheer you up on the chill­i­est of days – warm up to th­ese gourmet lo­cal of­fer­ings

Life & Style Weekend - - WELCOME // INSIDE TODAY -

THE so­lu­tion to cure cold and rainy-day blues is sim­ple – food. Heart-warm­ing, carb-loaded and cheese-drip­ping food.

Em­brace the cold snap and find com­fort in a trusty toasted sand­wich.

We’ve mapped out some of the best places on the Coast serv­ing up the lunchtime favourite this chilly sea­son, from

ul­ti­mate gourmet to clas­sic ham and cheese.

Fran­cis Bean

This coastal cafe is a hot spot for cof­fee lovers to re­group

post-swim or surf. But don’t stop at cof­fee. Fran­cis Bean’s food is as good as their brew and this win­ter we are drool­ing over their pesto chicken, sun-dried tomato, rocket and cheese toastie

on Turk­ish bread. 3 Mari St, Alexan­dra Head­land.

The Nines

They may call them­selves The Nines but their clas­sic ba­con and egg toastie gets 10/10. The clas­sic combo of ba­con, egg,

cheese and home-made tomato rel­ish is a win­ner any time of the day. It’s sim­ple yet ef­fec­tive – and down­right de­li­cious. 17A

Homemaker Cen­tre, Ma­roochy­dore Rd, Ma­roochy­dore.

The Milk Bar Cof­fee Co

Save the milk­shakes for sum­mer and dig into an­other form of

dairy at The Milk Bar Cof­fee Co this win­ter. The black truf­fle mush­room and three-cheese toastie is a cheese lover’s de­light. It’ll keep you warm, sat­is­fied and ever-so-happy dur­ing the

dreary sea­son. 1B/68 Sixth Ave, Ma­roochy­dore.

Quenchers

It’s the place to go when a se­ri­ous thirst needs quench­ing but the cre­ative drink-mak­ers of Quenchers are also tal­ented wrap

artists. Turn up the heat on a pop­u­lar sum­mer­time lunch choice and get your wrap toasted. Our pick com­bines tuna, cheese, olives, tomato and spinach all wrapped up in a nu­tri­tious bun­dle of com­fort food. 2/9–11 Sun­shine Beach Rd, Noosa Heads.

Can­teen Kitchen + Bar

Go back to an old-school favourite at the Can­teen Kitchen + Bar. Thickly sliced triple-smoked ham and tasty cheese sit per­fectly be­tween two slices of toast. Why not put a juice box in your back­pack and make it a proper lunch break like the good

old days? 1748 David Low Way, Coolum Beach.

Shot­gun Es­presso

What could be bet­ter than a BLT? A toasted BLT. Shot­gun

Es­presso has hit the spot com­bin­ing free-range ba­con, let­tuce

and roma tomato toasted be­tween your choice of sour­dough or white bread. But what takes this BLT to the next level is the

house-made may­on­naise. Bulls­eye. 48 Maple St, Maleny. Pot­ters Pantry Cafe

Go green at Pot­ters Pantry Cafe with an ex­otic twist to

av­o­cado. The green good­ness is toasted be­tween Turk­ish bread

and com­pli­mented with le­mon and thyme goats cheese, tomato

and cos let­tuce. 10/113 Poin­ciana Ave, Te­wantin.

De­pot Cafe

For an Amer­i­can take on com­fort food, a loaded Reuben

sand­wich is on the menu. De­pot Cafe has main­tained its “fresh is best” phi­los­o­phy by toast­ing the finest corned beef, swiss cheese, sauer­kraut, pick­les and thou­sand is­land dress­ing

be­tween seeded sour­dough. 4/239 Gympie Tce. Noosav­ille. Project Es­presso

If melted cheese, ten­der chicken or roasted toma­toes don’t

tickle your taste buds, swap savoury for sweet at Project Es­presso with a choco­late-filled jaf­fle. Ooz­ing with co­coa

good­ness and topped off with your choice of fresh straw­ber­ries or banana, be sure to treat your­self this win­ter. 2/9 First Ave, Ma­roochy­dore.

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◗ Project Es­presso has put a sweet twist on toasties with their choco­late-filled jaf­fle.

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

Fran­cis Bean’s pesto chicken, sun-dried tomato, cheese and rocket toastie.

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