Brisbane's Most Foodie Friendly Hotels

Do you choose your hotels with your stomach? We do!

A nice view is great but there's nothing better than the feeling you get knowing a quality dining experience is only an elevator ride away! Ditch those late night walks back to your hotel with an uncomfortably full belly. At the hotels listed below you can go from your dinner table to your big, comfy bed in less than 60 seconds.

Rydges | Southbank

The holiday is the perfect time to treat yourself and a stay at Rydges South bank is just that...a treat...a luxurious treat! Having just received a major renovation the rooms are looking as stylish as stylish and inviting as ever.

Along with having a central location in the heart of Brisbane's bustling foodie precinct, South bank, Rydges also is home to one of the river city's best and most iconic restaurants, Bacchus. Treat yourself to a relaxing degustation, followed by a stroll through the parklands...and a few cheeky after dinner drinks at Manhattan Line. Top the night off with a snooze in one of their plush king beds. A staycation at Rydges is just what the doctor ordered!

Check out our full review, available here.

TRYP Hotel | Fortitude Valley

Looking for a crash pad, with good eats in the middle of all the action. TRYP hotel located in Brisbane's entertainment precinct is a great option. TRYP hotel has to be one of the coolest hotels in Brisbane. Each floor is dedicated to a well known street artists and features murals from the artist themselves. We aren't just talking about a art in a frame...we're talking walls. It's a beautiful site to behold. If you have some spare cash upgrade your room to the Outdoor Spa room. It features a balcony with your private jacuzzi, lounge area and flat screen tv. Kick back with a beer in the jacuzzi and watch the game...

The real seller for us can be summed up in four words: CHUR. BURGER. ROOM. SERVICE.

Mantra on Mary | CBD

Well keep this one brief. Mantra on Mary may not be one of the flashiests hotels in Brisbane but it is great value for money. The apartments are sizeable, cheap, and have a fully equip kitchen! There is no restaurant on site but most rooms do come with complimentary breakfast which is an al a carte menu at 127 Bar & Bistro!

The real star of the show is Miel Container which is located right next door! No need to wait around for a table, just grab your burger to go and enjoy it on the balcony of your apartment.

Sofitel Brisbane Central | CBD

Let's end things on a elegant note shall we? If you are after a romantic, parisian-esq, foodie rendezvous then look no further than Sofitel Brisbane. Prepare your senses for a night of pure indulgence. Kick things off which lunch at what is possibly one of Brisbane's best buffets, Thyme 2.

Think tons of fresh seafood, chocolate fountains, desserts as far as the eye can see and did we mention there's a WINE BUFFET?

Cap off your night with a dinner experience in the intimate, Prive 249. The inspired degustation menu paired with the decadent wine list will have you feeling like royalty.

Words by Chelsea Hawkins. Follow her on Instagram.

Brisbane's First Gnoccheria Is Now Open!

The momentous day has arrived!

Brisbane's first and only gnoccheria has now opened it's doors in Paddington. We can hear those delicious carbs calling our name...

Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers located at 210 Given Terrace in Paddington is perhaps one of the most exciting restaurant openings of 2016 in our humble opinion....

The mouthwatering menu features a selction of rich gnocchi dishes like Wild Mushroom & Truffle and Traditional Bolognese. Best part? All the gnocchi is handmade and extremely fresh. The positive reviews have been rolling in since the gnoccheria opened yesterday so do your tastebuds a favour and try it for yourself this weekend!

Gnocchi Gnocchi Bros
210 Given Terrace
Open Mon to Sat (4pm - 10pm) Closed Sun

Words by Chelsea Hawkins. Image via Brown Eyed Baker.

Where To Find Brisbane's Best Tacos

Tacos are the answer to pretty much any problem a person could possibly have....

Having a bad day? Tacos.

Break up with your cheating scum boyfriend? Tacos. 

One disappointment away from strangling your boss? Tacos.

Tacos are always there when you need them. They don't judge. So to save you the time you could be using to indulge in a bit of Mexican food therapy we have rounded up the best tacos Brisbane has to offer.

Mucho Mexicano | South bank & Milton

These are hands down our favorite tacos in Brisbane. Always fresh and loaded to perfection- a visit to Mucho never ends in disappointment. But the highlight of their delicious menu would have to be the "Mother of all Tacos". Never heard of it? Allow me to educate you... the mother of all tacos is comprised of a platter of slow cooked brisket, crispy skinned pork belly or chargrilled pork accompanied by warm tortillas, salsa fresca, guac, and sour cream. Gather your mates and order a couple platters, and prepare for one epic food coma.

Communa Cantina | Queen Street Mall

Located in Albert Lane of the Queen Street mall Communa Cantina is the perfect taco pit stop while you take care of all your Christmas shopping. You'll find authentic eats from south of the border and killer cocktails at this lively Brisbane restaurant.

Beach Burrito Co | Fortitude Valley

Tummy rumbling after a night out in the valley. Head to Beach Burrito Co for all your hangover needs. Nothing quite soaks up those tequila shots like a big, juicy burrito!

Red Hook | Brisbane CBD

I know what you're thinking...Red Hook...isn't that a burger joint. You'd be correct. It is a burger joint but it also happens to have a few bad ass tacos on the menu. Try it for yourself and thank us later.

Guzman Y Gomez | Everywhere

For those days where you can't get to the locations we've listed above or your simply don't have the cash- GYG is a solid option. Located in almost every shopping centre in town, GYG serves up reliably delicious fresh Mexican eats.

Words by Chelsea Hawkins. Image via Devour Power. Follow her on Instagram.

New Menu & Fresh New Style | Byron Bay Brewery

Has it been a while since your last trip to Byron Bay? Looking for a good excuse to go?

Well we've got one and it involves two of our favorite things: icy cold craft brews & droolworthy food!

A couple months ago the iconic  Byron Bay Brewery reopened its doors after receiving a massive full refurbishment courtesy of new owners Lion. The place is looking better than ever with a fresh, modern, and clean new fit out- just in time for summer.

Sticky Lamb Rib

Don't worry all your beloved brews still have a place on the taps but now, thanks to the talented Head Chef Micheal Desmond you've got a brand new sensational menu to pair it with. The new menu has a strong focus on seasonal, fresh produce- with a lot of the ingredients being sourced from growers in and around Byron. We recently made the journey to the brewery and were very impressed with the new offerings!

Crispy Pork Belly
Bacon & Cheese Croquettes

Our Top Picks:
- Bacon & Cheese Croquettes with Salsa Verde
- Sticky Lamb Ribs (don't leave without trying these!)
- Spiced Grilled Chicken with Corn Salsa and Jalapenos
- and for dessert, Peanut Butter, Salted Caramel, and Chocolate Ice cream sandwiches

Pair your meal with a pony round, which lets you sample 4 of the brewery's delicious beers for just $14. Finish off your experience with a FREE brewery tour/tasting which kicks off around 2pm. Sounds like a pretty good way to spend the weekend!

Byron Bay Brewery
1 Skinners Shoot Rd, Byron Bay
Open Mon to Thurs (11am-11pm) Fri to Sat (11am-12am) Sun (11am-10pm)
Free parking available on site

Words by Chelsea Hawkins. Follow her on Instagram.

Cheap Suburban Eats At Seoul Bistro With Eat Now

Seoul Bistro in Sunny bank has quite the reputation amongst foodies for its cheap prices and mouthwatering fried chicken.

For those not in the know, Seoul Bistro is home to Brisbane first and only FRIED CHICKEN BUFFET. Needless to say the buffet gets very busy... and after a big week, waiting around for a table so we can indulge in a little "food therapy" is the last thing we want to do....

That's where Eat Now comes in. After scrolling through the app in search of something to satisfy our hunger we were pleasantly surprised to find Seoul Bistro available for delivery and pick up! I don't know about you but fried chicken delivery + netflix  + beer sounds like a pretty decent way to spend the evening...

Ordering with Eat Now is super simple but in case you've never used it before, here's what you need to do:

1. Download your Eat Now app from the app store (or go online)
2. Type in your suburb to find restaurants that are available for delivery in your area
3. Choose your meal

To finish, enter your payment info and wait for your order confirmation email. Our meal was hot & fresh when it arrived! This time around we ordered the 22 piece buffalo wings ($32.90) and the Japa fried chicken burger (Only $9.90 with chips!!!). The fried chicken burgers were massive, very crispy and delicious. In fact, we were so impressed it currently holds #1 spot on our favorite fried chicken burgers in Brisbane list. So, HIGHLY recommended!

To entice you even more Eat Now offers exclusive deals only available on the app at certain restaurants. For instance, you can get 15% off your order at Seoul and your 8th order FREE. Check it out for yourself by visiting the Eat Now website, available here.

Words by Chelsea Hawkins.

How To Score An All You Can Eat Dumplings Feast

How does an entree, unlimited dumplings AND dessert for only 35pp sound? Pretty sweet right!

Well if you are a dumpling fanatic like us you're going to want to book a seat at the epic dumpling feast happening in about 2 weeks time...

Dumpling Republic Wintergarden is throwing an All You Can Eat dumpling night on Nov 26. Guests will be treated to their choice of 2 entrees, an unlimited selection of pan fried & steamed dumplings, plus mango pudding for dessert for 35pp or 40pp (with wine or beer)! To help you decide which dumplings to dig into you dumpling republic will generously provide a taster basket which includes:

-Pork XLB
-Pork & bock choi 
-Pork kimchi
-Crystal prawn & chive
-Pumpkin & ginger
-Beef & onion
-BBQ pork buns

Once you've found your favs feel free to order as many as you like on the night. Seatings will take place at 5pm & 7pm. To book your spot on Nov 26 call 07 3210 1818.

Dumpling Republic 
Winter Garden Shopping Centre
Parking available at Winter Garden

Words by Chelsea Hawkins. Follow her on Instagram.

The Cheesy Pasta Dish You Need To Try ASAP

Pasta is already a pretty magical thing on it's own but when you add a giant Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese will to the mix...get ready for fireworks!

After coming across this rich, creamy dish at Buffalo Dining Club in Sydney we have longed for the day one of Brisbane's Italian restaurant would see fit to add it to their menu. Well that day has finally come.

Newly opened Italian restaurant, Il Verde, now open on King St has introduced "Take the Wheel" every Tuesdays & Thursdays nights from November 22. Be treated to a glass of wine, pasta tossed in a parmigiano cheese wheel, and dessert for just $45.

And we don't mean to sound cheesy, but this deal is just to good to pass up! To book your table call (07) 3638 0494.

Il Verde
2 King Street, Bowen Hills
Limited Street Parking Available

Words by Chelsea Hawkins. Photo via Spot The Food.

Sushi Burritos Are Headed To Brisbane!

Two of this year's hottest food trends are on their way to South bank and we have all the details.

If you're like us you follow a couple LA food blogs on Instagram just to torture yourself with all the delicious food you can't have...

For long have we drooled in agony at photos of Sushi Burritos made popular by the iconic Sushiritto in California. Well, we are happy to report your torment will soon end because a new restaurant called Suki is set to open this month!

Those not in the know may be scratching their heads as to what a sushi burrito is... Well, it's exactly what the name suggests... a sushi roll but in a burrito form! These massive wrapped rolls are the perfect on the go lunch while you leisurely stroll the South bank parklands.

That's not the only trend Suki will be bringing to the river city. They will also have a number of delicious poke bowls on their menu. A poke bowl is a Japanese inspired rice bowl dish loaded up with fresh raw fish, and other tasty toppings like avocado, cucumber, etc.

Stay tuned for the official opening date...

Words by Chelsea Hawkins. Photo via Odyssey.

The Top 5 Best Sushi Restaurants In Brisbane

Sushi rolls comes in all shapes and sizes but we love them all. It's the only meal you can truly binge eat without feeling incredibly sick afterwords (we know from personal experience). If your veins bleed wasabi like ours do you are in the right place. Here are our top 5 favorite sushi restaurants in Brisbane:

Sushi & Nori | King Street, Bowen Hills

Prepare to fall in nori-coated love because Brisbane's fancy new sushi train is sure to be your new favorite lunch hang. Having opened its doors only a few weeks ago this new, spacious and beautifully designed sushi train has already captured the hearts of many Brisbane foodies. It's by no means your typical sushi train. Sushi & Nori are serving up nothing but the best with their flavourful fusion rolls. All produce is super fresh and of the highest quality like their premium Tassie salmon.

Oiishi | Sunnybank Hills

Oiishi has long held a special place in our hearts and the hearts of Sunnybank locals. You'll be pressed to find a time where they arent bursting with customers and for good reason. Oiishi is serving up some of the most innovative and delish fusion rolls in Brisbane. Our personal favs are the Dynamite Rolls ( Salmon and cucumber wrapped in pink soy skin, dressed in Oiishi's famous Dynamite sauce) and the Snake Roll (Medium rare salmon, tobiko and avocado wrapped in salmon skin tempura, dressed in wasabi mayo).

Shabuhouse | Mary St, CBD

Five words: ALL. YOU. CAN. EAT. SUSHI. 

Yes along with delicious hot pot, guests of Shabuhouse are treated to a smorgasbord of freshly prepared sushi! The variety is amazing and the sushi is constantly replenished throughout the day. If you consider yourself a die hard connoisseur of sushi then this is one buffet you NEED to try.

Sushi Edo | Sunnybank

Sunnybank is home to many quality sushi restaurant, but Sushi Edo stands above the rest. You'll find a mix of your beloved classics as well as some innovative fusion rolls like the "Cheetos Roll"'ll just have to try that one for yourself!

Izakaya WAGAYA| Brisbane CBD

Last but not least, Izakaya Wagaya in the CBD. Izakaya is the most classic sushi restaurant you'll find on our list. Its a popular lunch hang amongst the city folk for their quality and consistency. You won't leave disappointed with their classic and extremely fresh rolls!

Words by Chelsea Hawkins. Follow her on Instagram.

Brisbane's Best Date Nights: The APO | Fortitude Valley

The valley may be home to some of Brisbane's best pubs and clubs...but that doesn't mean it's not an acceptable location for a date night!

The valley also happens to be bursting with quality dining experiences and The APO is a shining example of this.

Set in a heritage listed medicine dispensary dating back to 1862, the appropriately named APO (or apothecary) is serving up delicious, inspired tapas and equally impressive wines and cocktails. The menu has been expertly crafted by none other than chef Ben Williamson, who you may know from popular venues such as Gerard's Bistro.

We made our way to the valley to try it out for the first time a few weeks ago. Drawn in by a too good to pass up deal advertised on restaurant booking site, Dimmi. Each week Dimmi offers members exclusive 50% off deals to popular Brisbane restaurant. Membership is free and the deals can be claimed simply by booking through the website.

The restaurant itself is very cosy and intimate. We'd liken it to an upscale wine cellar. The romantic atmosphere paired with it's world class food offerings make it a top choice for a Brisbane date night in our books!

- Fried Chicken with Pumpkin Yoghurt and Crispy Chilli
- Smoked Tartare with Aniseed, Juniper, Potato, and Egg Yolk
- Lebanese Lamb Tacos

690 Ann Street
Tues(3pm to 3am) Wed-Sat (12pm to 3am) Closed Mondays
Parking available at Mcwhirters

Words by Chelsea Hawkins. Follow her on Instagram.

6 Brisbane Pizzerias You Need To Try

Are you a fan of authentic Italian pizzas? If so, you are in the right place! After careful research (aka copious amounts of eating) we've rounded up some of the most delicious Italian pies our city has to offer. So good, you won't be able to stop at one slice...

Popolo Brisbane | Southbank

Southbank has it's fair share of great restaurants but if its Italian you desire look no further than Popolo. They are serving up some of the best and crispiest Margherita pizzas in town very generously topped with fresh buffalo mozzarella! Our stomachs are rumbling just thinking about it...

Il Verde | Fortitude Valley

Il Verde may have only opened its doors a few days ago but we make it our mission to immediately try any Italian restaurant that opens its doors. The mouthwatering creations at this new King Street eatery get our massive tick of approval.

Julius Pizzeria | South Brisbane

Julius Pizzeria has quite the reputation amongst Brisbane foodies for their droolworthy Italian creations. From the Tartufo (Mozzarella, Smoked Bacon, Portobello Mushrooms, Stracchino, and Truffle Paste) to the Salsiccia (Tomato, Mozzarella, Chilli, Provolone, Pork, Fennel Sausage, and Rocket) a vist to Julius always ends in a happy belly.

Casa Nostra Ristorante | Fortitude Valley

If traditional, Sicilian home cooking takes your fancy than Casa Nostra Ristorante in Fortitude Valley is the place for you. Located at the M&A building in the space formerly occupied by Mighty Mighty, Casa Nostra is bringing all the comforts of Italy to the river city. The pizzas are generously topped and bursting with flavour. Be prepared for one hell of a food coma.

Santa Monica | Brisbane CBD

Burgers aren't the only thing you'll find on the menu at Santa Monica Brisbane. The beautifully crafted menu also has a heavy Italian influence with dishes like arancini, pastas, and yes pizza! We highly recommend the Spicy Salami pizza followed by a banana split for desssert.

Il Locale | Paddington

At the right place, pizza can be perfectly acceptable date night food and Il Locale in Rosalie is the right place. Our personal favorites are the classic Margherita and the Pork & Fennel pizza. Finish off your foodie trip to Italy with a visit Gelato Cremona just a few minutes walk from Il Locale. Bellissimo!

Words by Chelsea Hawkins. Follow her on Instagram.

Enjoy A 5 Pot Curry Feast At Noosa Beach House

There's nothing more comforting than a warm pot of curry, especially when that delicious pot has been expertly crafted by award winning chef Peter Kuruvita!

Noosa Beach House has a weekend dining special that is just too good to pass up. Enjoy 5 pots of authentic Sri Lankan curries + sides for only $38pp.

The range of curries changes from week to week, but you can expect flavour packed dishes like Hot Sri Lankan Beef Curry, Chicken Bathem, Prawn Curry, and Pineapple Curry with tasty condiments like Roti, Pappadams, Pamarind rice & more.

Even better? You only need a large group of friends to partake in this beautiful feast. A two person minimum is all that's required.

Peter Kurvita's 5 pot curry lunch is available for lunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

Noosa Beach House
14-16 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
Lunch: Sat-Sun, 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Parking available at Sofitel Noosa

Words by Chelsea Hawkins. Follow her Instagram.

Neil Perry's Burger Project Comes To Brisbane

Get ready burger lover's quality beef stacks are coming your way courtesy of none other than celebrity chef Neil Perry.

Sydney's got one...Melbourne's got was only a matter of time before the river city was blessed it's very own Burger Project. Since opening there doors in Sydney 3 years ago, Burger Project has made waves in the foodie scene for their high quality, fresh, classic burger creations. We would expect nothing less from the brilliant chef that brought us Rockpool.

The word around town is that the Brisbane store is setting up shop on Edward street in the CBD and is anticipated to open early 2017. I don't know about you but we plan on being one of the first in line!

More details to come. Be sure to subscribe using the bar at the top of the page so you don't miss out on any foodie news.

Words by Darrell Hawkins. Photo via Hospitality Magazine.

Drink Rosé And Fight World Hunger

An afternoon filled with top quality Rosé and delicious gourmet canapes with all proceeds going to an extremely worthy cause? Sign us up!

The second annual Rosé Revolution presented by the legends at Liquidity Marketing is set to take place on November 12th at the Brisbane Powerhouse River Studios. The aim of the event will be to raise much needed funds for The Hunger Project, who work tirelessly to end hunger and poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centered strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in countries throughout the world. So, what can you expect at this year's fabulous event?

Guests will be free to roam the River Studios which will be transformed into a Rosé lovers paradise, with pop up rosé stations dedicated to the top tipples for around the world. The feature rosé of the event will be the French Maison AIX rosé which is made from a top blend of Maison Saint AIX.

Bar Alto will also be putting on a beautiful spread of mouthwatering canapes for guests to enjoy throughout the afternoon. We can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday!

Rosé Revolution
Brisbane Powerhouse, River Studios
Nov 12, 2:30pm to 5pm
Tickets: $55pp [To see the full menu and purchase your tickets click here]

Words by Chelsea Hawkins.

Brisbane Gets A Betty's Burgers- Finally!

It's happening. It's finally happening. 

Long have we Brisbanites waited in agony for the day the burger God's would see fit to bless us with a Betty's Burger of our very own. We are happy to announce that momentous day is near...

No longer will a painful 2hr road trip be required to get your hands on their delicious and very reasonably priced burger creations! The deliciousness will be right at your fingertips as they prepare to settle into their new home in Newstead. 

That's all we have now, but stay tuned more information to come...

Words by Darrell Hawkins. Follow him on Instagram

Win Tickets To One Of Brisbane's Best Melbourne Cup Parties!

It's the race that stops the nation! Girls in extravagant head wear, boys in sharp suits, and plenty of bubbly. The Melbourne Cup is only a few short weeks away and we've got tickets to one of Brisbane's hottest parties to GIVEAWAY!

Be spoiled with 3 glorious hours of delicious food & drinks with a sensational view at River Bar & Kitchen's Melbourne Cup Garden Party. The party package ($125pp) includes: 

- Roving Gourmet Canapes

- Mouthwatering Food Stations

- and a Premium Beverage package which includes a RBK Cocktail, Sparkling Chandon, East Pinot Noir, East Sauv Blanc, Tap Beer, and Soft Drinks & Juice

Lucky for you, we've got tickets to giveaway to this decadent Melbourne Cup bash! 

Subscribe to win by entering your email in the blue bar at the top of the page. If chosen you will receive a double pass to the Riverbar Melbourne Cup Party valued at $250! If you are already subscribed, subscribe the friend you'd take along to the party. Winner drawn Thursday.

Words by Chelsea Hawkins. Image via All The Drinks.

Opening Soon: Brisbane Gets A Grilled Cheese Cafe!

Cheese Toast-ery? Grilled Cheeserie? Whatever you want to call it, a cafe entirely dedicated to the cheese toastie is opening in Brisbane very...very soon!

The Melt Brothers Grilled Cheese Company is set to open in Brisbane in mid-November and it's already got this foodie's heart racing.

Expect to find your classic 3x cheese toastie along with a mouthwatering selection of gourmet toasties like a buttermilk fried chicken toastie! Make it a meal with a side of crispy tator tots and an ice cold beer. This cafe is sure to be your new weekend hang.

More details to come...

Photo via Esquire. Words by Chelsea Hawkins. For more delicious-ness follow her on Instagram.

Brisbane's Fanciest Sushi Train Is Now Open On King St

Brisbane's newest sushi train, now open in the new King Street dining precinct, will have you swooning as soon as you step through the doors.

Sushi & Nori set up shop in Brisbane only two short weeks ago. Brought to you by Sunny Lim, the founder of Eat Gangnam, which owns the incredibly successful Sushi & Nori and Marae Izakaya in Sydney and Melbourne.

Sushi & Nori isn't your everyday, run of the mill sushi train. Not only is it sizable (heaps of seating), and beautifully designed, the sushi train is also serving up some of the best quality sushi in Brisbane.

Unlike most of their competitors, Sushi & Nori source the freshest seafood (like premium Tassie Salmon) for their delicious rolls. After one bite you are sure to be hooked! They also use homemade gluten free sushi vinegar.

All of this paired with their lovely set up make it a perfectly acceptable place for a sushi date night!

Top Picks: 
- Large Sashimi Platter (great for sharing)
- Tuna & Avocado Tartare
- Flame Seared Salmon

Sushi & Nori
Corner of King Street & Machinery, Bowen Hills
Mon-Fri (11am to 3pm)(6pm to 10pm) & Sat (6pm to 10pm)
Limited Street Parking Available

Words by Chelsea Hawkins. For more photos follow her on Instagram.

Now Open: The Croft House Town Kitchen & Bar

The Croft House is not your typical hotel-restaurant.

In fact, it doesn't feel like a hotel-restaurant at all. That's largely due to the fact that you don't need to enter the hotel to access the restaurant. That's right you can completely bypass the awkward stroll through the lobby and go straight to your table!

Located on the corner of Charlotte & Albert, The Croft House is the Sebel Brisbane's stylish new eatery. The beautifully appointed restaurant takes over the space formerly occupied by the Palettes and is sure to be your new favorite city lunch destination.

Chargrilled Borrowdale Pork Chop with Savoy Cabbage, Baked Apple, Cider & Seeded Mustard

Open from 6:30am til late, The Croft House Modern Australian menu offers everything a city foodie could desire from satisfying hearty meals, to grab and go snacks, and delicious evening cocktails. On our recent visit we delved into the dinner menu which we found to be incredibly generous and thoughtfully crafted.

You can expect great value when you dine at The Croft House, the portion sizes are large and the quality is outstanding with the majority of their produce being sourced regionally!

- Pulled Pork Croquettes
- Spiced Chicken Wings
- Darling Downs 150 Day Grain Fed Bavette Steak
- and the Textures of Chocolate Dessert to finish (pictured above)!

The Croft House Town Kitchen & Bar
95 Charlotte Street, Brisbane
Mon-Sun (6:30am til late)
Free parking available at Sebel Brisbane

Words by Chelsea Hawkins. Follow her on Instagram.

Brisbane's Cheapest Banquets | Chop Chop Changs

For those nights when you can't decide what to eat, a banquet is always a great solution.

Lucky for you, we've found one of the best value banquets in Brisbane and best of don't need to round up 5 friends to do it, only one!

Chop Chop Chang's sits in the heart of West End's dining precinct. The menu utilizes local, fresh produce and is Pan Asian inspired. They invite guests to come and experience honest street food much like you would find wandering the temple stalls and hawker markets throughout Asia.

We headed along recently to try out their new Hawker Banquet menu and were pleasantly surprised with the great value and quality of the dishes.

For just $38 you and a friend can partake in 7 delicious, flavour packed courses of Pan Asian Goodness. The menu features beautiful dishes like Five Spice squid Tentacles, Pork & Chive Dumplings, Corn & Coriander Cakes...and our personal favorite, Chiang Mai Chicken Curry with Crispy Fried Noodles!

Treat yourself to an Asian street food feast this weekend.

Chop Chop Changs
185 Boundary St, West End
Mon-Thurs and Sun [11:30am to 3pm][5:30pm to 9:30pm] Fri-Sat [11:30am to 3pm][5:30pm to 10:30pm]
Limited Street Parker Available

Words by Chelsea Hawkins. Follow her on Instagram.

6 Loaded Fries You Should Have Eaten If You Live In Brisbane

We can never bring ourselves to pass up an offer of devouring loaded fries...And why should we deny ourselves of this cheese smothered gift?

Loaded fries come in many delicious combinations but we are not one to discriminate. We love them all but there are a few that stand proudly above the rest and exemplify what it means to be truly "loaded" 

This newly opened Caxton Street burger joint is serving up some of the most creative and epic loaded fries in Brisbane. The droolworthy fries are topped with Cheese Sauce, Candied Bacon, Green Onion, and Fritzensauce. I know what you're thinking...that doesn't sound that special...but you see it all boils down to one very unique ingredient that we've left out! That ingredient is Twisties Salt. Yes, the team at Fritzenberger have made Twisties into salt form which they very generously top their loaded fries with. Get ready for a mouth-gasm.

Getta Burger
The loaded fries at Getta Burger have long held a place in the hearts of Brisbanites. These fries literally have everything but the kitchen sink piled on top of them making them one of the most loaded fries in town. Smoked Brisket, Pulled Pork, Grilled Onion, Cheese, Bacon, drizzled with Mustard, Ranch and That BBQ's a mouthful!

Hello Harry's
The loaded fries at Hello Harry's may be some of the simplest loaded fries on our list but that doesn't mean they are any less delicious. It starts with the perfectly seasoned crispy chips which are then topped with one of the most creamiest, and delicious cheese sauces we have ever eaten...that's finished off with crispy bacon and fresh green onion. Beautiful!

Bella BBQ
They guys at Bella BBQ don't have do anything, and all one needs to do is see their magnificent loaded fries to know that. It's like all your loaded dreams come true. 18 hr Smoked Brisket, Pulled Pork, Candied Bacon, Mac n Cheese, BBQ Sauce, Mustard, and Cheese Sauce....stretchy pants are HIGHLY advised.

Mr. Burger
Mr Burger Trucks may have only been roaming the streets of Brisbane for a month now but we are already die hard fans. I'd be lying if I said there infamous Trucker chips didn't play a role in sealing our devotion. The legendary chips are generously coated in 3 types of American cheese, crispy diced bacon, and their secret recipe Trucker Sauce. The delectable chips come in a small and large size- perfect for sharing. Fingers crossed they bring their loaded pizza fries to Brisbane soon!

Last but certainly not least, Ze-Chips! Zepickle's famous loaded chips are topped with IPA Beer Cheese Sauce, Maple Smoked Bacon, and ZP Sauce. Now it may not have all the bell's and whistles as the other fries on our list but rest assured the IPA Beer Cheese Sauce will change your life.

Words by Chelsea Hawkins. Follow her on Instagram.

Scenic Rim Road Trip With The New Gasmate Odyssey

Spring is officially here and there's no better way to celebrate than with an Aussie BBQ!

But instead of cranking up the old grill in your backyard, surrounded by the not so picturesque sights of suburbia....why not pack up the car and head out to one of the beautiful parks in the Scenic Rim.

That's exactly what we did this weekend with our new Gasmate Odyssey portable BBQ. Our road trip destination: Lake Moogerah. 

Lake Moogerah is home to the breathtaking Moogerah Dam, a mass curvature arch dam, which visitors are welcome to walk across. The lake itself features uninterrupted views of the great dividing range and is a popular spot for kayaking, canoeing, jet skiing and a number of other water sports.

One of the most obvious advantages of having your own portable BBQ is being able to set up shop wherever you please. We chose a shaded picnic table for our BBQ burger lunch. The perks, however, don't end there with the new Gasmaate Odyssey. The new Odyssey range comes in three different sizes to suit a variety of needs- one, two and three burners starting from $299. We took the 2 burner for a spin (valued at $429) which is great value especially when compared to its more pricey competitor the Weber Q.

All odyssey BBQ's come equip with a large cooking surface which features a flat hot plate, a regular grill and wok cooking. We gave the grill and hotplate a workout, cooking up burger patties and frying bacon for our cheeseburger. Having never owned a portable BBQ we were surprised at how easy it was to use. To melt the cheese on our burgers we simply closed the cast aluminum dome lid. Click the video below to check out how our day went:

Start planning your own road trip! The Gasmate Odyssey is available exclusively at Bunnings Warehouse. For more information and to purchase your own portable grill, click here.

Words by Darrell Hawkins. Follow him on Instagram

Moorooka's Secret Burger Joint | Todd & Pup

Did you know there is a burger joint cleverly disguised as a cafe in Moorooka?

Todd & Pup located on Tarragindi Rd in Moorooka is a quaint family friendly (& pooch friendly) cafe serving up fresh, flavoursome food. They are a popular brekky hang amongst the locals but this time it's the new lunch menu that's got these foodies excited.

Having only launched a week or so ago we jumped at the opportunity to be one of the first to try it out. Imagine our joy when we realized the lunch menu largely consisted of quite possibly our favorite thing in the world: burgers. That's right Todd & Pup is the Moorooka burger joint you never knew existed!

You'll find your classic cheeseburger (cooked medium rare), loaded burger, and a glorious fried bbq chicken & bacon burger on the menu all under $20. Pair that burger with some sweet potato fries, spicy fried chicken wings and a cold beer.. We can't think of a better way to spend the long weekend!

Todd & Pup
398 Tarragindi Rd, Moorooka
(Mon-Thurs 6am to 2:30pm)(Fri 6am to 2:30pm & 5:30pm to 9pm)(Sat-Sun 7am to 3pm)
Street Parking available

Words by Chelsea Hawkins. Follow her on Instagram.

Brisbane Date Nights: Darling & Co | Paddington

Looking for a new midweek date night spot outside of the CBD? We've got you covered.

Darling & Co located on Given Terrace in Paddington is one of Brisbane's most stylish function venue, restaurant & bars. It's soft lighting, trendy decor and thoughtfully prepared menu have made it a popular spot for wedding receptions and date nights!

Trofie: Pork & Fennel Sausage, Truffle Pesto, and Pecorino
The menu has a strong focus on local, fresh and sustainable food elegantly presented on a plate. After hearing rave reviews, we moseyed along last week to try it out and were NOT disappointed.

The food was world class, masterfully prepared, and bursting with color and incredible flavour. Pair your meal with a nice bottle of vino and you are sure to impress your special someone.

Sovereign Hills Lamb Belly
Our Top Picks:
- Crispy Manchego Croquettes with Truffle Aioli (HEAVEN)
- The Trofie (Pork & Fennel Sausage, Truffle Pesto, and Pecorino Pasta)
- Sovereign Hills Crispy Lamb Belly with Polenta, Cherry Tomato, and Rosemary Flowers
- and to finish, The Rhubarb Twinkie (pictured above!)

Darling & Co
157 Given Terrace, Paddington
(Mon-Thurs 6:30am to 12am)(Fri-Sun 6:30am to 1am)
Free Guest Parking available on site

Words by Chelsea Hawkins. Follow her on Instagram.

Now Open In Milton: Mucho Mexicano Restaurant

Northsiders rejoice! Delicious flavours from South of the border are now available in your neck of the woods. 

That's right, Mucho Mexicano, brought to you by the Ole Restaurant Group, has now opened a second location in Milton. Let the fiesta begin!

We've been fans of Mucho Mexicano ever since we sampled their beautiful Sticky Waygu Beef, Grilled Onion, and Horseradish Crema Taco at Regional Flavours. It was love at first bite...

So, what can you expect at the new Mucho Mexicano? Having just sampled their delicious eats only a few short days ago...we can accurately say you can expect big, bold, authentic flavours, and incredibly generous serving sizes at a muy bueno price!

Our Top Picks: 
- Chipotle Braised Beef Brisket with Horseradish (served with tortillas, salsa fresca, guac, and sour cream)
- Pulled Chicken Tostada with Jalapeno Vinaigrette, Sweet Corn, Avocado and Coriander
- Waygu Beef, Grilled Onion, and Horseradish Crema Tacos  

Mucho Mexicano Milton
Shop 4, 55 Railway Terrace, Milton
(Mon-Sun 11am til late)
Limited street parking available

Words by Chelsea Hawkins. Follow her on Instagram.

Brisbane's Newest Burger & Frites Joint | Fritzenberger

There's a new burger joint in town and we are not ashamed to say we've made several repeat visits in the span of a few days...

Fritzenberger, brought to you by the genius minds behind Harajuku Gyoza & Nitrogenie, Steve Minon and Matthew Bailey is already making big waves in the foodie scene with their classic, fresh burgers and quirky sides.

The droolworthy menu features a collection of six beef and fried chicken burgers, crispy buffalo wings, salads, pickles, deep fried pork belly bites, and quite possibly some of the best loaded fries in Brisbane.

The loaded fries are generously topped with Cheese Sauce, Candied Bacon, Green Onions, Fritzensauce, and Twisties Salt....yes you read that correctly...they've made Twisties in salt form. It's incredible but the unique salts don't end there! They also have paramesan, beetroot, vinegar, vegemite, shitake mushroom, roast chicken dinner, and red chilli salt. All the delicious salts are available at their salt bar. Guests are welcome to help themselves, and season their chips to their personal liking.

To sweeten the deal Fritzenberger has its own microbrewery on site which pumps out delicious lagers and unique flavoured IPA's making it the PERFECT hang for the Grand Final this Friday night.

52 Petrie Terrace, Petrie Terrace
(Mon-Thurs 12pm to 12am)(Fri-Sat 12pm to 3am)(Sun 12pm to 1am)
Parking available at The Barracksn- Free for 2 hours

Words by Darrell Hawkins. For more deliciousness follow him on Instagram.

Where To Find Brisbane's Best Fried Chicken

Is there anything more comforting than a plate of warm, fried chicken? Nothing quite compares to the moment when you bite into one of those deep fried crispy golden morsels.

Fried chicken comes in many forms and is a magical thing when properly prepared. We've done the hard miles for you and rounded up some of the best (and crispiest) fried chicken treats Brisbane has to offer!

Mr Burger Truck | Everywhere

Mr Burger Truck may be new to town but their Mr. Chicken burger has already stolen our hearts. If you've had the pleasure of tasting a glorious Chick Fil A sandwich in the US, this burger is it's equivalent if not better! Perfectly crispy, and moist on the inside...sandwiched between a soft, squishy bun. It may be early but we are calling it- Best Fried Chicken burger in Brissy!

MoMo Chicken & Beer | Runcorn

It wouldn't be a proper fried chicken list without mention of the beloved Korean fried chicken. Korean style fried chicken has a reputation for being extremely crispy and beautifully seasoned. After scouring Brisbane we've yet to find an establishment that does it better than MoMo Chicken & Beer in Runcorn. But proceed with caution...this stuff is HIGHLY addictive.

King Of The Wings | Everywhere

If you are looking for the best fried chicken wings (or just wings in general...) in Brisbane, look no further than popular food truck - King Of The Wings! The wings are sooo good, in fact, that they were the only international team to be invited to participate in the massive US Buffalo Wing competition. They even snapped up a few awards! These wings are next level and not to be trifled with...

Hot Star Large Fried Chicken | Sunnybank Plaza

Hot Star Large Fried Chicken is the home of Australia's no 1 oversized crispy chicken. Because who wouldn't enjoy a massive slab of fried chicken?! These guys have a cult following and it's not hard to see why. The chicken is incredibly tender and crispy. It's made using 100% chicken breast with no preservatives and is fried to order so you know it's always fresh.

ZePickle | Fortitude Valley

Be warned this fried chicken burger is not for the faint hearted....If you are looking for one of the BIGGEST, juciest, tender-est burger the river city has to offer then make your way to ZePickle in Fortitude Valley! Our personal fav is the K F ZE burger (Crispy Chicken, Smoked Jalapenos, IPA Beer Cheese Sauce, Mum's Slaw, and Maple Bacon). Legendary.

Words by Chelsea Hawkins. Follow her on Instagram

How To Get 50% Off Your Bill At Brisbane Restaurants

There's an incredible dining deal going around Brisbane at the moment and it's about time someone clued you in.

Did you know you could be getting a massive 50% off your dining bill at popular Brisbane restaurants like Restaurant Two, Soleil Pool Bar, French Martini, Communa Cantina, and MORE. 

No we aren't yanking your chain this magical deal exists and it's only a few clicks away...

It's restaurant week on Dimmi and to celebrate they are giving you 50% off your bill at some of Brisbane's hottest restaurants. Best part? It's simple and FREE to claim this massive saving. 

All you need to do is sign up for Dimmi, click on the "Half Price Week" offer, select a restaurant, a time and- Voila! You've just scored yourself a super affordable, quality dinner (or lunch). This offer is only available to bookings before Sept 30. 

Be quick! Spaces are filling fast! To secure your 50% deal head to the Dimmi website: Available here.


Words by Chelsea Hawkins. Follow her on Instagram.

Your New Favorite Spring Drink: Frose (Frozen Rose)

It's the alcoholic beverage trend that's sweeping the nation and we've got the deets on where you can get a glass (or three) this spring.

After being branded the "Cocktail of the Summer" in New York, we knew it wouldn't be long until this craze made it's way down under. So, what is this special drink that's got everyone so excited? Frozen Rose Wine. That's right Rose has now been transformed into an icy cold slushie drink.

It's winning over hearts around the globe and we anticipate it being VERY popular here in Queensland with it's warm, humid climate... So where can you get your hands on this trendy drink?

The fine folks at Garden Kitchen & Bar at Jupiter's Hotel & Casino have recently added the beverage to their cocktail list for just $12. I don't know about you but sun, surf and a few glasses of Frose sound like the perfect way to spend a weekend on the Goldy!

Words by Chelsea Hawkins. Follow here on Instagram- click here.

Meet Brisbane's Newest Food Truck | Mr Burger

The name Mr. Burger may ring a few bells for you. They've been roaming the streets of Melbourne for sometime now serving up their delicious creations.

Over time they have established quite the reputation amongst the burger enthusiasts and are without a doubt one of Melbourne's most popular food trucks.Well lucky for us Brisbanites you no longer have to hop a flight to get your hands on a Mr. Double because Mr. Burger truck now calls the river city home!

You've no doubt seen the bright orange truck cruising the streets over the last couple of weeks. On their first weekend in Brissy they gave away a massive 350 FREE burgers at Green Beacon. The hype was real with crowds wrapping around the block eager to get their hands on the Melbournian delights.

Having never had the pleasure of trying Mr. Burger before we made it our mission to be one of the first in Brisbane to try it. If you have been following our Instagram you already know we are BIG fans and have made several return visits.

Mr Burger truck are serving up classic, delicious burgers using quality, fresh ingredients (and the price isn't bad either)

Our Top Picks: Mr. Chicken (try it doubled), Mr Double, and Trucker Chips 

To stay up to date with Mr Burger's upcoming locations, check out their Instagram every Wednesday. 

Words by Darrell Hawkins. Follow him on Instagram.

Hank's Burgers and Beer | Caxton Street

A new burger joint has just opened on Caxton Street and it's sure to be your new favorite Sunday sesh spot.

Hanks Burgers and Beer is bringing a taste of Americana to Caxton Street. The menu features all the things we love about American food- loaded fries, dirty burgers and fried chicken. Pair all that with an icy cold craft beer and we're in heaven!

Each of the burgers on the menu at Hank's is named after one of the fifty states, including the special which changes weekly. The burgers are big, juicy, cheesy and stay very true to the yank style!

Our Top Picks: The Idaho Burger, New York, and Crispy Fried Chicken

If you are feeling brave Hank's also has a a special off the menu burger called "The Colorado"...but be warned this burger is not for the faint hearted. The beastly burger features: 4 juicy beef patties, 4 layers of cheese, bacon, pickles and onion. You game? 

For more information on Hanks Burgers & Beer check out their Facebook, available here

Words by Darrell Hawkins. Follow him on Instagram

We Try ZePickle's Off The Menu Burger | Kanye's Mum

Off the menu burgers are becoming a thing in Brisbane...

What's an "Off The Menu" burger you ask? An OTM burger is a special, usually wild, burger creation that only a privileged few know about. It doesn't appear on the menu and you typically have to be following the burger joint on social media to even hear about it! So if you are not on the gram yet, it's about time you made an account because you are seriously missing out...

How do you unlock this exclusive burger? All one has to do is ask!

The OTM burger that currently has Brisbane captivated is the "Kanye's Mum" from the legends at ZePickle. It has all the components of the popular "Ya Mum's" burger with a few droolworthy additions. Here's the burger breakdown:

Ya Mum's Burger
- Hand Pressed Waygu Beef Pattie
- Ze Fries
- Jack Cheese
- Truffle Butter

Kanye's Mum 
- All of that stuff
- Smoked Jalapenos
- Maple Smoked Bacon
- Kanye's Fried Cheese Sticks

Needless to say, its incredible. Think you can handle it? Simply drop the name when you're ready to place your order. Know of an OTM burger we should try? Send us an email to

Words by Darrell Hawkins. Follow him on Instagram.

5 New Brisbane Restaurants You Need To Try

The food scene in Brisbane has been growing like crazy over the last few years. Every two weeks, it seems a new stylish new bar or trendy restaurant has opened its doors. The competition is fierce and trying getting to them all is no simple feat! Luckily for you we've done the hard miles (or kilos...) We've tracked down the best of the best new restaurants Brisbane has to offer. 

So grab a mate and check a few off your hit list this weekend!

Santa Monica Pizza and Burger Bar

Santa Monica is a delicious combination of two of our greatest loves: Italian food & burgers. This Californian & Sicilian inspired restaurant opened its doors only a couple weeks ago and it's mouthwatering menu is sure to give you heart palpitations. Specialty pizzas, burgers, wings, pastas, and a few signature desserts that are sure to appeal to your inner doesn't get much sweeter than that. 

Top Picks: Pulled Pork Gnocchi, Santa Monica Chicken Wings, Banana Split

Hanks Burgers

A little taste of Americana has opened its doors on Caxton Street! That's right we've found your new favorite Sunday hang. Hank's menu features a droolworthy selection of burgers all named after the 50 states. Why not pair your burger with a basket of fried chicken or loaded fries? It's the sensible thing to do. 

Top Picks: The Idaho & New York New York Burger

Brooklyn Depot

No longer do you need to make the drive to the Goldy to get your hands on Brooklyn Depots beautiful meat stacks! The bustling foodie precinct that is Southbank, is now it's new home. Burgers aren't the only thing being cooked up in the kitchen. You'll also find Smoked Brisket, Pork Ribs, Pulled Pork, Chicken Wings, and Loaded Fries on the menu. 

Top Picks: Crispy Fried Chicken Wings & The Depot Burger

Otto Brisbane

The Sydney based hospitality family that brought Australia the the three-hatted Quay, two hatted Bennelong, and the one hatted Otto Ristorante have opened up their first venture in Queensland- Otto Brisbane. If you are a fan of Italian food (I mean who isn't) then this is one restaurant you should be dying to visit! A delicious Southern Italian inspired menu paired with mesmerizing views of the Story Bridge make this the perfect date night.

Casa Nostra Ristorante

If you were a big fan of Biagio Musgrave Rd in Red Hill and shed a few tears when it closed- you'll be happy to know the owners have now opened a new restaurant in Brisbane: Casa Nostra Ristorante. Taking over the space previously occupied by Mighty Mighty, Casa Nostra is bringing all the comfort of traditional Sicilian home cooking to the valley.

Top Picks: Foccacia Caprese, and Stinco D'Agnello

Know of a new opening we should check out? Send us an email:

Words by Chelsea Hawkins

Now Open: Santa Monica Pizza & Burger Bar | CBD

A new restaurant has opened its doors on Ann Street in the CBD and it combines two of our great loves: Italian Food & Burgers. 

Santa Monica Brisbane is the latest masterpiece of Petroccitto family, the lovely people behind popular Brisbane establishments such as Bar Pacino, Cafe Pacino, Chocolate Soldier, Espresso Veloce, and Bellezza Espresso Bar.

Having only opened its doors a couple weeks ago, Santa Monica Brisbane is already creating a stir in the foodie scene, and for good reason. The menu is perfection; featuring a mouthwatering selection of specialty pizzas, pastas, burgers, wings, loaded fries, salads, and a few jaw dropping desserts!

The dynamic duo behind Santa Monica's droolworthy creations are German brothers, Erkan & Hakan KaraKol, who bring an impressive shared pool of Michelin starred experience, university qualifications, and extensive travel which mix together to create some next level Cali-style eats!

Delicious food, custom cocktails, and an all day breakfast menu make this new restaurant the perfect foodie oasis in the middle of the bustling CBD (conveniently next door to Grand Central).

Santa Monica Chicken Wings, Pan Seared Pulled Pork Gnocchi, Chili Cheese Burger, and Santa Monica Banana Split!

Santa Monica Brisbane is Open Monday to Sunday, 7am - 10pm. For more information check out their website, available here.

Words by Chelsea Hawkins. AmeriAus was the guest of Santa Monica.