Brisbane’s ten best places for breakfast as voted by you
Folks, let’s not beat around the bush – breakfast is a big deal. Not only is it the most important meal of the day, it is often the most satisfying. Any meal that can include a combination of eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, potato, spinach, tomato, avocado, pancakes, waffles, bread, ice-cream, seasonal fruit and veg, and more is a meal that we’d happily eat at any time of the day. It seems that most of you are in agreement, if the results of our 2016 EAT/drink Awards are any indication. Thanks to your votes, we have a definitive list of the ten best places in town to get a satisfying day starter.
Winner: Pearl Cafe
Top dog in this year’s awards is the effortlessly charming Woolloongabba cafe Pearl. Drawing inspiration from the European style of cafe dining, Pearl pairs stylish surrounds with simply divine fare. When it comes to breakfast, it’s easy to see why Pearl is at the top – the menu features the likes of braised Byron Bay pork toasties, smoked red fish croquettes, slow-cooked beef short ribs with winter greens and poached eggs, Welsh ‘rarebit’ with wild mushrooms and more.
Runner up: Billykart Kitchen
A fixture in our EAT/drink Awards year in and year out, Billykart Kitchen never fails to meet our lofty expectations. The Annerley location has long been a popular spot for a bit of brekkie, and the newer West End location is no slouch either. Sit down and tuck into the likes of crispy corn fritters with grilled avocado, Aussie Asian eggs, huevos rancheros and ricotta buttermilk pancakes.
Runner up: The Gunshop Cafe
One of Brisbane’s most beloved coffee spots is also home to some all-time breakfast bites. A quick glance at the menu at The Gunshop Cafe in West End will be all you need be smitten, but you’ll fall truly madly deeply in love once you actually taste dishes such as the potato and fetta hash cakes, tiger prawn omelette with mushroom salad, Catalunya chips and eggs, or the Belgian waffles with blackberry compote.
The morning after the night before typically requires some self-care, and the best way to treat yo’ self is with, well, a damn good breakfast. Morning After prides itself on being a consistent and quality breakfast location and it shows. After downing one of the handcrafted elixirs, pick your dream day starter from the ample selection. Morning After dishes up meals like truffle scrambled eggs, Carbonara with 63-degree hens eggs, and cotechino sausage with smoked corn. We could go on, but I think you get the point. Top. Notch.
New Farm residents have been going loco over Little Loco since it opened, with the rave reviews paying off with the cafe scoring top honours in our Best Cafe category. The acclaim is well deserved, especially when you see that the menu is filled with delights including breakfast panna cotta, savoury waffle eggs benedict, and chorizo and cauliflower hash. You’d have to be genuinely crazy to pass up breakfast at Little Loco.
If your ideal breakfast spot has some combination of tasty food (naturally), welcoming atmosphere and spot-on service, then Lady Marmalade is the nook you’re looking for. Food first, though – right? If yes, then get a load of these beautiful dishes – lamb moussaka pie with eggplant, smashed peas pancetta on sourdough and the bacon, haloumi and tomato sandwich with allspice chutney.
Southside Tea Room
If a bit of shambolic charm adds flavour to your breakfast experience, then Southside Tea Room in Morningside is the place for you. Vintage furniture, kitschy decorations and some delightfully unique menu items make this place one of the most charming breakfast spots around. Gingerbread pancakes, campfire steak and eggs, and mini French toast breakfast burritos – what more could you want in a morning feed?
The Corner Store Cafe
The Corner Store Cafe in Toowong is a breakfast staple, with an incredible team putting together brilliant fare day in and day out. Decadence is simply part of the experience here, with the likes of Black Forest waffles, lasagne toasties, mushroom ragout and apple crumble porridge just a few of the mouth-watering menu items available.
The Jam Pantry
Nims Zavackis knows how to plate up some breakfast. Lovers of condiments will go crazy over the menu here, with all dishes including some form of delicious flavour addition. The cafe’s flipping board menu features a range of rotating dishes built around seasonal ingredients, so diners get to experience a spectrum of tastes throughout the month.
Annerley’s Little Clive has become a brunch darling on the local cafe scene, with a warm and genuine approach to hospitality paired with some moreish morsels. From the popular dark chocolate chia pudding and the peanut butter and jelly pancakes to the hot smoked trout omelette, baked beans with ham hock and croissant French toast, there’s something for nearly every taste.
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