ONE thing Sunderland city centre isn’t short of is cafes.
From no-change-from-a fiver international coffee emporiums to the gannies’ favourites for a cuppa and a biscuit, there’s plenty of them.
So what makes a new addition - Jus’ Delicious on Waterloo Place - stand out from the crowd?
The best in local artwork and homemade cheesecake, that’s what.
While giving spelling buffs a headache with its contorted title, the bright-green fronted cafe is determined to do everything else to please.
It serves up a wide range of sandwiches, salad bowls and jacket potatoes, along with warming plates of pies, chicken curry, chips, hot dip sandwiches and daily specials.
Opening just weeks ago, it is already attracting streams of city centre workers and shoppers through its doors, so I called in to see what the fuss was about.
My other half was already there and drooling over the menu, having already decided that pie, peas and chips was the dish for him.
I went for a healthier options of jacket potato, crab and salad, which meant I could balance out saving calories with liberating a few chips from his plate.
My jacket potato was huge and fluffy and the crab wasn’t drowning in mayonnaise.
I barely had time to steal any chips, as they all disappeared, along with a chunky slice of mince pie, which was given a full-mouthed thumbs up.
In the interests of research, we treated ourselves to a slice of homemade strawberry and white chocolate cheesecake to finish off the meal.
The portion was more than generous, thick, creamy and utterly delicious, and it soon became a scrap of the spoons as we polished it off.
Along with drinks, our meal came to just under a tenner.
As well as serving up good food, the cafe’s owners are hoping to attract the best in local art, with a display by talented photographer Andy Martin due to go up any day soon.
Free internet sessions for absolute beginners also take place in a computer suite upstairs, for anyone who doesn’t know their megabyte from their mouse.