Great Northern Bar
Watermark Books
Bar Roma
Great Northern Bar
Glasshouse Bar
Graze Grill & Bar
Bar Roma
Glasshouse Bar

The best spots to get a feed before you fly

The last-minute preparation routine for a holiday is serious business. First, you’ve got to triple check that you’ve packed everything. Second, you need to check-in in advance (to avoid the lines, of course). Third, you’ve got to give yourself enough time to get to the airport itself. This isn’t even including other minor things like reminding your neighbour that they agreed to collect your mail, ensuring that your out-of-office e-mail responder is on and that you’ve put both bins out. With all of this on your plate, it’s easy to forget to eat. If you arrive at the airport with a Boeing-sized hunger, fear not – Brisbane Airport has got the goods when it comes to pre-take off eats and tipples. We’ve hand picked five of the best spots to snack at Brisbane Airport’s Domestic Terminal for breakfast, lunch and dinner to ensure you start your holiday the right way.

If you’ve booked an early-morning flight, it’s a good idea to fuel up with a good breakfast before you board. After you’ve moved bleary-eyed through the baggage check and screening area, make your way to Bar Roma. This Italian-inspired cafe sits in a handy central location in the Domestic Terminal, and is a great spot to pick up a perfectly poured Bruno Rossi coffee (a pre-flight must) and a hearty breakfast. Alongside classics such as omelettes, fruit salad and eggs benedict, Bar Roma also serves up savoury French toast, breakfast ciabattas and the gargantuan Hunger Buster breakfast, which will ensure you are satisfied no matter the length of the flight ahead of you. After wrapping up at Bar Roma, head next door to Watermark Books to pick up some reading material. The Campos coffee here is great too, and if you are still feeling peckish you can pick up a sweet treat for the walk to your gate.

Should you have an afternoon flight lined up, you’re one of the lucky ducks that can gorge on the lunch offerings along the terminal. If you can’t go past a good old-fashioned pub lunch, then Great Northern Bar is your dream locale. With a stellar position looking over the runway, Great Northern Bar boasts a menu of winners such as cheeseburgers, steak sandwiches, nachos, chicken parmigiana and fish and chips. What’s a pub lunch without a delicious beverage to go with it? Jet-setters can sip on schooners of tap beer (including some of Queensland’s finest brews), wines and a curated selection of popular spirits. If burgers are more your thing, Brisbane Airport’s Domestic Terminal is also home to the city’s only Carl’s Jr – a massively popular spot for some sizeable Californian-style burgs. Sink your teeth into a signature Angus Thickburger or a Double Western Bacon Cheeseburger while washing down each mouthful with a sip of an ice-cream shake.

Perhaps you’ve booked a post-work flight for the evening – never fear, the airport has plenty of dinner options open into the night. You’d be forgiven for thinking that the airport isn’t the place to get some choice charcuterie, but Graze Grill & Bar offers a host of platter-worthy morsels to snack on. Sample Italian-style prosciutto, truffled salami, bresaola and pancetta complemented with a range of tapas-style bar bites and some sophisticated sips. Those seeking something a bit more substantial for dinner should seek out Glasshouse Bar, where dishes such as Korean-style chicken sandwiches, penne pasta ragu, crispy soft-shell crab buns and pie tasting plates will put a dent into any hunger. That’s not all – the bar is amply stocked with one the largest ranges of drinks in the entire terminal, including delicious cocktails, wines and craft beers.

If you want to share a meal with friends and family before setting off on your holiday, your crew can book parking online and score two hours for $15. If you have a hard time saying goodbye, draw it out with long-term parking options starting from only $10 per day.

The Stumble Guide is our comprehensive Brisbane dining guide with more than 1800 places to eat, drink, shop and play.

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