Funnily, even though I chose the option for lunch, I said to Mr C that there was no point waiting for a table/takeaway. His reply: if the line is this long, it must be good.
Deciding not to wait for a table was a good decision (the lady in front of us was still waiting when we had received our food) so we went the takeaway option. Mr C couldn't go past the chicken burger special ($13), while I had a "lunch box" of green salad, potato salad, falafel, hummus and a delicious flat bread ($13).
From my vantage (waiting) point, I spied people enjoying what looked to be delicious lunches. Ah the anticipation.
Finally the food arrived - along with a watermelon, pineapple and mint juice (for me) and a carrot and orange juice for Mr C.
I have to admit something. There were two less chips in that container when I finally made it out to the courtyard to our table.
The Grounds has its business model just right. Tables inside with full service, and a myriad tables outside in the courtyard/garden for people to enjoy their takeaway. We easily got a table, but there were only a few spare.
Who could see the sweets cabinet at The Grounds and not get something? I'd like to meet that person. I only had a bite of each as my lunch box was deliciously filling, but on the left we had a chocolate cream tart ($5.50) and a lemon curd tart ($5.50).
I definitely ate my words - absolutely worth the wait in the end.
After that lunch, a visit to Salt Meats Cheese, a wonderfully stocked providore just across the car park from The Grounds, was in order.
I think I was in a bit of shock here as - wait for it - I did not buy a thing. Not even the Reese's peanut butter chips (as in to go in cookies). Anyone who knows me knows I am a bit partial to peanut butter cups...
As a semi industrial suburb, Alexandria has definitely wowed us with its foodie options.
*All pics taken on my phone, so apologies for the rather poor quality*