- It’s in a reclaimed factory in a warehouse district
- It’s super hard to park there
- You can eat outside …
- …next to farm animals
- They decorate with mason jars and faux rusty garden tools. And chalkboards.
- Weathered wood. It’s everywhere.
- There’s an artisan bakery and a flower shop
- They have a coffee research institute onsite
- The name has a cute double meaning
Hipster heaven, thy name is The Grounds of Alexandria, and I loved it.
Last month, my little family picked a beautiful afternoon on a whim and drove out to The Grounds to check off another item on my Undiscovered (by me) Sydney list. Now, the first thing I’d tell you about The Grounds is that, while I had never been there before, it’s most decidedly not “undiscovered.” We drove past two full parking lots before finally getting to park in a third lot that was a good block away. I’d heard that they get busy on the weekends, but I didn’t expect it to be quite so swamped on a Monday afternoon. Lesson learned.
Once we got in, though, all was grand. The hostess at the restaurant explained that we could either eat inside in the restaurant or order “grill” food and eat it al fresco on the patio. A friend had mentioned that the burger inside the restaurant was a must-have, so we asked about the wait, and were pleased to find that they were able to seat us right away.
The service was great, except for one little drink snafu that I’m not even going to go into because they ended up going above and beyond to make amends. I already knew that I wanted to eat the burger, so my biggest choice was what kind of coffee to have. As The Grounds is known for their coffee, I thought something special was required. I decided on the “deconstructed iced coffee.”
OK, so what this is … besides amazingness on a tray … is a cup of coffee ice cubes, a shot of espresso, a glass of milk, and a dropper of sugar water. 100% Yes to this.
Now, let’s talk about that burger I’d heard so much about. The rumors were true. As you know, I’m American. And, we Americans know from burgers. This burger. This is the closest I’ve come to an American burger in Australia. I ate every crumb of this burger.
Hushpuppy seemed to like her eggs on toast a lot, and Partner-in-Crime made some noises to suggest that he was in favor of the duck thing that he ordered. I’m not completely sure. I was pretty busy in burger land.
After we devoured our lunch (and $70 later), we went out to find the farm animals and explore the grounds (The Grounds’ grounds).
…and she did like them, but she made a new friend in this animal.The whole place, by the way and should you be interested, is excellent for families. There’s plenty of room on the patio for kids to run around, plus there are the animals, and tucked away in a corner is a “secret garden” that’s perfect for children. The only downside was that I couldn’t find a change table.
I got a take away coffee, and we spent some time just walking around, exploring, and taking photos. There’s a lot to see, and it’s all visually pleasing. It would be the perfect place for a long lunch with friends. I’d be hesitant to brave it on the weekend unless we got there very early, but it’s definitely worth tackling the parking on a weekday afternoon.