Cafes
Teneriffe coffee spot Sippy Tom evolves with refreshed digs and an elevated menu of eats
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Teneriffe coffee spot Sippy Tom evolves with refreshed digs and an elevated menu of eats

For most of its existence, Sippy Tom has built its reputation on its offering of, well, sips. While we're not suggesting a name change, these days you could get away with referring to the Teneriffe cafe as Snacky Tom thanks to its brand-new brunch menu. The charming character-filled cafe, which sits at the base of the Winchcombe Carson Woolstores, has undergone a bit of an evolution. In addition to a spruced-up interior, the cafe now has a sensational food offering designed by an ex-Nodo chef that's on par with Sippy Tom's already phenomenal caffeine supply. more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 337 December 7
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 337 December 7

From news of two new plant-based eateries to a viral market stall's Brisbane pop-up, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest food news in Brisbane, dedicated to ensuring its readers are in the know. When we put our ears to the pavement this week, this is what we found out … more

Food News
But first, tequila – Margarita Margarita launches a classic margarita mix
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But first, tequila – Margarita Margarita launches a classic margarita mix

When Friday rolls around and we're waiting for the sun to set, there's no better drink (in our humble opinion) to welcome in the weekend than a classic margarita. The folks behind Australia's only mobile marg bar, Margarita Margarita, wholeheartedly agree with us and have just whipped up a classic marg mix to make our at-home cocktail shaking a little easier – and a whole lot tastier. more

Food News
Gin-gle all the way – 20 20 Distillery's spirited Christmas gifts are well worth sliding under the tree
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Gin-gle all the way – 20 20 Distillery’s spirited Christmas gifts are well worth sliding under the tree

When it comes to gifting this Christmas, we are taking it upon ourselves to kill two birds with one stone – put some killer presents from Queensland-born businesses under the tree and support local. One homegrown business that is worth putting on your radar is 20 20 Distillery, Cooroy's boutique spirits haven that swung open its doors in December 2020. This year, the distillery is helping clueless gift-givers get their pressies in order with a few spirited picks ... more

Restaurants
Pilgrim, the new Latin-American eatery from the Fogata crew, opens in Petrie Terrace
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Pilgrim, the new Latin-American eatery from the Fogata crew, opens in Petrie Terrace

When Fogata Latin Fusion closed its beloved James Street-based restaurant in early 2020, it left many eaters – especially those in Brisbane's Latin-American community – crestfallen. Thankfully, forlorn foodies were given hope in the promise that the Fogata team would return in the not-too-distant future to plate up its heralded menu of Latin-American fare once more. The team finally made good on its promise last month, opening sibling restaurant Pilgrim at The Barracks in Petrie Terrace – an intimate dining spot where mezcal and pisco flows and plates of ceviche, chargrilled calamari and churrasco are devoured. more

Providore
Introducing Half Moon Wine Store – a new-age bottle shop located in South Brisbane's backstreets
Food & Drink

Introducing Half Moon Wine Store – a new-age bottle shop located in South Brisbane’s backstreets

As Brisbane's taste in beer, wine and spirits has diversified in recent years, so too has the city's bottle-shop scene. Chicly appointed cellars, high-end honey holes and stellar libation stations are becoming more common around town, but with this spike in quality booze comes the daunting task of getting familiar with the sheer quantity of what's now readily available. Half Moon Wine Store is a brand-new South Brisbane repository of small-batch vino, craft beer and spirits that is looking to make sourcing a special drop easier with a pretence-free ethos geared towards making the buying experience accessible, approachable and enjoyable. more

Casual Dining
Wrap your laughing gear around smashing American-style eats at Carindale's Sue's Burgers & Shakes
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Wrap your laughing gear around smashing American-style eats at Carindale’s Sue’s Burgers & Shakes

Chocolate and peanut butter, pizza and beer, spaghetti and meatballs – we love a good combo. Few items go perfectly together like cheeseburgers and thickshakes, a classic culinary coupling that traces its origins back to the very beginning of diner culture. Sue's Burgers & Shakes is a new concept from the Wing Fix crew that celebrates this timeless tandem, slinging smash-patty burgers with precision while also drumming up dreamily decadent shakes from its newly open location at Westfield Carindale. If you love getting to grips with a quintessential American-style burger feed, this is the place to do it. more

Cafes
Nosh on nourishing fare at West End's charming new plant-based cafe and deli Yoke Kitchen
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Nosh on nourishing fare at West End’s charming new plant-based cafe and deli Yoke Kitchen

A few weeks ago West End locals woke up with a brand-new cafe in its midst. Yoke Kitchen, an exciting eatery and deli from a doyenne of Brisbane's plant-based eats scene, is making it a cinch to source quality and nutritious Indian and Middle Eastern-inspire fare – as well as invigorating coffee, chai and fermented beverages. Want some sustenance that will make your insides sing? We reckon this newcomer has what your body is craving. more


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Jamie Fleming
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Bars
Fire up the foodie signal – comic-book-inspired bar 1st Edition opens in Fortitude Valley
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Fire up the foodie signal – comic-book-inspired bar 1st Edition opens in Fortitude Valley

It's time to don our secret identities and slip into our spandex costumes – all superheroes are urged to seek out 1st Edition, The Valley's brand-new comic–book–inspired bar and eatery. Tucked away in an out-of-the-way location in California Lane, 1st Edition is drawing inspo from the pages of comics and graphic novels for its range of punchy plates and tongue-tantalising tipples. Hop in the Batmobile, jump in the Quinjet or make like Spider-Man and swing through for a visit ... more

Bars
ZA ZA TA – Brisbane's best vegan spots
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The round-up: fill up on goodness at Brisbane’s best vegan spots

Put your presuppositions in the bin – plant-based food is not just salad and steamed vegetables. Vegan cuisine is becoming increasingly prominent due to the rise of dietary requirements and a conscientious focus of what we put in our bodies. For those of you who can’t stomach the thought of canning the cutlets and trashing the T-bones in favour of salad, please relax – we aren’t here to sway you to veganism. What we will say is that dining as a vegan can be hard in our predominantly meat-eating society, but also very rewarding – even if you love bacon and eggs. We’ve chosen to point out Brisbane’s best vegan spots well worth sampling. more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 336 November 30
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 336 November 30

From news of Hellenika and SK Steak & Oyster's sushi-centric sibling to a waterfront brewery taking shape on the Redcliffe Peninsula, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest food news in Brisbane, dedicated to ensuring its readers are in the know. When we put our ears to the pavement this week, this is what we found out … more

Pavement Whispers
Step inside Rothwell’s Bar & Grill – Brisbane City's new home of classic bistro dining
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Step inside Rothwell’s Bar & Grill – Brisbane City’s new home of classic bistro dining

Brisbane City's restaurant scene is having a moment, with a number of elegant eateries setting up inside some of the precinct's glamorous heritage-listed buildings. The newest entrant, Rothwell's Bar & Grill, opened on Edward Street on Tuesday November 23 and immediately turned heads with its well-dressed interior and menu of sumptuous European-tinged bistro fare. It's no wonder that this opening is causing a stir – it's the result of a partnership between the owner of 1889 Enoteca and the former head chef of Aria Brisbane. If that's not enough of a blue-chip pedigree to get you interested, we don't know what to tell you. We took a tour inside Rothwell's Bar & Grill – here's what we saw ... more

Bars
Head to Teneriffe joint, Rita's Tequila and Taqueria, for mezcal, margaritas and playful non-Mexican cuisine
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Head to Teneriffe joint, Rita’s Tequila and Taqueria, for mezcal, margaritas and playful non-Mexican cuisine

We're calling it now – this summer will be the season of margaritas. Give us agave in abundance, all the citrus juice we can handle and a silly amount of salt and we'll be content. Rita's Tequila and Taqueria – the new bar and eatery from the spaghetti-slinging Siffredi's crew – is making margaritas galore at its location at the base of the Australian Mercantile Land & Finance Woolstores on Vernon Terrace in Teneriffe. In addition to mouth-watering riffs on the zingy cocktail staple, expect a playful take on Mexican snacks (including braised roo tail tacos and raw tuna tostadas) and some breezy street-side ambiance. more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Simon Gloftis to open high-end Japanese restaurant Sushi Room at The Calile Hotel
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Pavement Whispers: Simon Gloftis to open high-end Japanese restaurant Sushi Room at The Calile Hotel

We know what you're thinking – isn't Simon Gloftis already opening a new restaurant? Yes, eagle-eyed friends, he is. But when Simon Gloftis has a vision, there isn't much that can stop him. In addition to anticipated all-vegetarian eatery Sunshine, Simon Gloftis and his skilled team have just announced that they will also be opening a Japanese restaurant – Sushi Room – in the early months of 2022. We chatted with Simon this week to get all of the delicious details ... more

Bars
Raise the roof – Valley Hops Brewing unveils its sun-soaked brewhouse and bar
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Raise the roof – Valley Hops Brewing unveils its sun-soaked brewhouse and bar

Brisbane has craft breweries popping up everywhere these days, from the backstreets of suburban industrial estates to the gently lapping banks of the Brisbane River. Up until now, every craft-beer maker has been more or less earthbound, with tanks firmly secured to terrestrial foundations. Valley Hops Brewing is taking the art of beer making to new heights, literally – its newly opened brewhouse and bar sits several levels above terra firma on the roof of Fortitude Valley icon Cloudland. Boasting a vantage point above the nightlife precinct's heaving streets and a range of brews inspired by The Valley's people, places and moments in time, Valley Hops is a novel addition to Brisbane's bar scene and is shaping up to be a popular destination for summertime sipping. more

Restaurants
Argentinian-inspired restaurant and bar Evita opens inside a heritage Fortitude Valley hideaway
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Argentinian-inspired restaurant and bar Evita opens inside a heritage Fortitude Valley hideaway

Tomahawk steaks and whole lobsters cooked over oak and ash, a wine list boasting close to 300 bottles from Latin America and further abroad, a pisco-soaked cocktail list, and some chic heritage-listed surrounds – those are some of the top-line highlights one can expect from an outing at Fortitude Valley newcomer Evita. The fetching arrival (which opened to the public last week) is the result of a culinary collab between two hot-shot hospo groups, designed to deliver transportive tastes and atmospheric ambience influenced by the rich culture of Buenos Aires. This spot isn't only for fans of fire-singed fare – Evita's looking to become a go-to spot for any lover of adventurous epicurean outings. more

Bars
The recap: the best new Brisbane restaurants, bars and cafes this month
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The recap: the best new Brisbane restaurants, bars and cafes this month

We don't want to alarm you, but today is November 25. Just let that sink in – November. 25. With one incredibly busy month ahead of us in the lead up to Christmas, we thought we should stop and reflect on the month that has been. October boasted a cavalcade of openings, from a retro Italian restaurant to a heritage-listed brasserie housed in an old bank. Been too busy to check in on Brisbane's dining scene lately? Here is a quick round-up of the best new Brisbane restaurants, bars and cafes of the month. more

Bars
Brewtide, Albion's new craft-beer brewery, bar and cellar, starts pouring at Craft'd Grounds
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Brewtide, Albion’s new craft-beer brewery, bar and cellar, starts pouring at Craft’d Grounds

Albion's dining and lifestyle precinct Craft'd Grounds has been touted as a year-defining arrival for Brisbane's hospitality scene. Our excitement levels have grown with every drip-fed announcement of Craft'd Grounds' residents. With a brewery, bottle shop, coffee roaster, restaurant and deli all on the cards, we found ourselves wondering how it was all meant to fit. Well, our questions have been partly answered with the soft opening of Brewtide, a craft-beer brewery, taphouse and cellar that is championing local output and independent alcohol makers from across the country. If you've been champing at the bit to drink deeply from Brewtide's frosty schooners, here is your first chance. more

Casual Dining
Dumpling dens, sky-high bars and margarita meccas – the top places to eat and drink this Christmas
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Dumpling dens, sky-high bars and margarita meccas – the top places to eat and drink this Christmas

'Tis the season to feast! Christmas is just around the corner and the silly season is prime time to sip, snack and satiate your cravings, as well as the perfect excuse to gather your crew for some quality time around the table. Whether you’re planning to down cocktails with your colleagues, you're looking to level up date night or the whole family is out and about, we’ve got you covered – here are some of the best places to eat and drink in Brisbane this festive season. more

The Drop
The Drop with Olivia Evans – gift wine, not stuff!
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The Drop with Olivia Evans – gift wine, not stuff!

I’ve never been a huge lover of material objects, particularly when they are just for the sake of giving. Christmas time often has us scrambling around trying to find presents for each other – my thoughts for the best presents often induce a thirst. When buying gifts, I make sure they are either experiences, consumable or highly practical. If you get where I am going with this, wine perfectly fits all! more