Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Food Rules List of Iconic Businesses; Readers Reckon Town Abounds with Culinary Treasures

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Food Rules List of Iconic Businesses; Readers Reckon Town Abounds with Culinary Treasures

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Byline: Samantha Elley samantha.elley@northernstar.com.au

IT APPEARS readers voted with their stomachs in a recent online poll.

The Northern Star asked what Lismore's iconic businesses were and many people responded with the names of eateries.

Here is the full list in order of popularity:

1. Lismore Pie Cart

Located in Magellan St, the pie cart has been a fixture in the area for many years, claiming to sell Lismore's most famous pies.

It offers a wide variety of home-style pies including the good old favourite of meat, mashed potato, mushy peas and gravy.

Although there have been a number of owners over the years, the quality and taste of the pies has been consist- ent and people come from near and far to eat them.

2. Mecca Cafe

This cafe has been around since 1932 and it is Lismore's original licensed retro diner-style eatery.

In the early days it was Forrester's Mecca Cafe and sold hot and cold meals, cakes, pies and pastries.

It retains many of the art deco features of the 1930s but with a 1950s style diner.

3. Crethar's Wonder Bar

Harry Crethar's family settled in Lismore after leaving Greece in 1948 and his father set up the first cafe with air-conditioning.

Although no longer in Keen St, there is a plaque in the pavement to mark where the shop used to be.

Mr Crethar recently celebrated his 80th birthday.

4. Henry's Bakery Cafe

With a goal of bringing the highest quality breads, cakes and pastries to Lismore, the shop in Keen St is open seven days a week and nearly always busy.

The store was opened by Derek Lawson as Henry's Hot Bread Shop in the late 1970s and his son Michael has been the proprietor for nearly 30 years.

5. Caddies Coffee and Tea

Caddies has been around since 1985, when Bill Sheaffe started roasting coffee.

Roasting beans is still a passion of Mr Sheaffe's, as roasting methods and machines have changed over time. …

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