“This isn’t your average sanga store,” Broadsheet wrote in 2021 about a new, then-unknown corner cafe, deli and bakery in Redfern. In the year since, Good Ways Deli has gained a cult following for its outstanding sandwiches (brimming with ingredients like kangaroo mortadella, ham and Maffra cheddar) and nostalgic baked treats – proving that it’s truly anything but average. In response to its popularity, co-owners Tom Pye (ex-Coffee Supreme) and Jordan McKenzie (ex- Orana Sydney, Cho Cho San) have launched Good Ways Deli number two, Good Ways Buckland, which opened in Alexandria in November.

“It’s not too dissimilar to the Redfern store,” Pye tells Broadsheet. “Similar but softer.”

The duo has recreated the minimalist aesthetic of the original inside a heritage-listed former corner shop on a leafy residential street. It’s light and airy, with just a few bench seats. (Plans are afoot to offer more outdoor seating.) Good Ways number two is smaller than the OG, which means most of the baking will continue to happen at Redfern. But what it lacks in size it makes up for in exciting new food and drink options.

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Joining coffee (beans are Coffee Supreme), house-made sodas and thick shakes, are a new iced Milo mocha and a strawberry creaming soda spider.

All your favourite sandwiches, on house-made rolls, will still be there (and as jam-packed as ever) plus a new, very oozy, cheese toastie on tin-loaf bread, a breakfast special and a classic ham sandwich. The savoury and sweets cabinet has expanded, too. Alongside Good Ways’ house-made, country bakery-inspired treats (like rhubarb jam-laden lamingtons and Anzac biscuits), find flaky curried-kangaroo-sausage rolls, cheese-and-spinach rolls, and sourdough malt loaves to-go. Plus, it’s selling trendy new bread bags to carry your loaves home in, as well as a new range of Good Ways mugs.

In the works are a fluffy bee sting cake and plans to incorporate new native ingredients into its existing roster of kangaroo, wattleseed, bush tomato and lemon myrtle.

“We’re sticking to buying these products from Indigenous-owned businesses,” McKenzie tells Broadsheet. “We’re hoping with the new season, and once the weather calms down a bit, there’ll be more options available.”

To celebrate the opening of the new store, Good Ways collaborated with inner-west label, Pseushi to create a limited-edition range of tees, which are Australian-made and printed.

Good Ways Buckland

81 Buckland Street, Alexandria

Hours:
Mon to Fri 7am–3pm
Sat & Sun 8am–2pm

goodwaysdeli.com.au
@goodwaysdeli