Be greeted by a life-size sign of a ‘50s waitress loaded with pastries and coffee when you drop by this tiny caff just at the corner of Clissold Park in Stokey. There’s very little glam here, with the playlist being the only thing that’s had a update in the last several decades, but its fry-ups will cure just about anything that ails you. Expect lots of grease, not many smiles, and tea that is strong enough to arm wrestle the best of them.
Pulling in an odd mixture of cabbies, students, and the odd actor from up the road, this no-nonsense cafe is cheap, easy, and instantly nostalgic. With almost everything under a fiver, it gets quite rammed at lunch time, yet somehow the staff always just put their heads down and get on with it, meaning you never wait too long and always end up with more food than you thought possible for that price.