The Old Civic, French’s Forest

An Americana Diner

The Old Civic is an American style diner on the car park side of the Forestway shopping centre.

From the outside The Old Civic looks a treat with its retro styling and open space and inside it has typical modern Americana fare; burgers, burritos, hot dogs as well as a the ubiquitous pulled-pork roll that any self-respecting modern diner needs to have these days.

The Old Civic CafeI have had the chance to eat there twice and it is a busy and popular place.

Child-friendly with excellent Campo’s Coffee, the place has become a destination for young mums and busy weekday workers. I do like Campo’s Coffee and these guys make a good brew.

As I walked up to The Old Civic there was a bit of a huddle around the large open window looking in to the café/service area as people waited patiently for their coffees. That must mean they are doing something right as there is a Gloria Jeans within fifty metres and at least four other cafes just inside the shopping centre.

Mind you, from the look of the young thirty-somethings waiting patiently for their coffee, I don’t think they’re the type of customer that frequents the other cafes in the centre.

Inside the counter service was quick, friendly and efficient and my pulled-pork roll on Panini arrived without fuss. Full with loads of good quality, well cooked pork and decent coleslaw it was worth the $15.50 and the pickled gherkin and crisps just added to the Americana feel.

The burrito at The Old CivicMy dining partner selected the burrito and it was truly huge and packed with flavour. A big meal for a big appetite.

There are some good spots to sit by the window, looking out over the carpark. The window is a great spot to do some people watching while you eat. If you prefer to sit inside there is a choice of regular tables to sit and chat or a large counter and stools – a great place if you’re flying solo for lunch.

The Old Civic Café is a busy, bustling place but I have always managed to find a seat without needing to wait and it’s worth the trip to have a decent coffee and some Americana food.

The Old Civic
Cnr of Warringah Road and Forest Way
Tel: 02 7901 0009

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