My wife and I took a driving holiday in the north island last year, and our first day out of Auckland we stopped at the little town of Kamo on the edge of Whangarei. We planned to have lunch at the Kamo Hotel but it didn't seem to be open for lunch, so we walked down the street and into the Soda Café. Now, we learned later there are some really 'greasy-spoon' cafes in rural NZ, and to look for pie shops (NZ cafes serve wonderful pies in all sorts of combinations) or small pubs for lunch. But this was the first day, and the Soda provided an excellent lunch for a low cost. We enjoyed quiche and a green salad, and coffee and tea, and people-watched looking out at the street traffic and walkers. It was very good food and a pleasant relaxing atmosphere, and we left thinking all cafes must serve similar fare. Congrats to the Soda for being a substantial step above the rest.
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