The round-up: Brisbane’s ten best places for lunch as chosen by you
Lunch is the middle child of the three square meals family, often overshadowed by our sprightly breakfast culture and the sophisticated night time dinner. Typically we are at work for lunch, so we settle for leftovers or whatever is closest, but don’t get it twisted – lunch is very much as varied and interesting as any other meal of the day. At the end of 2016, you voted for Brisbane’s best eats in our 2016 EAT/drink Awards, and the results were clear – lunch is booming in Brisbane. Here are the top ten choices for lunch, as voted by you!
Winner: Ben’s Burgers
After a few short years Ben’s Burgers has become an unassailable lunch institution. The accolades this place has racked up are nearly unparalleled, but another one added to the pile couldn’t hurt. Voted as the best place for lunch in Brisbane, Ben’s Burgers is indeed a fantastic place to munch some lunch if you are craving the best burgers in town. The cheesy with maple bacon is a popular choice in The Weekend Edition office, but the classic and the vegetarian burgers are just as good. You can find Ben’s Burgers in Winn Lane and in West End.
Runner up: The Burrow
Speaking of West End, The Burrow has long been home to some of the tastiest cafe-style nosh. After moving from its original location in Mollison Street to Russell Street, The Burrow upped its game even further, putting forth a lunch menu featuring its signature pizzas, burgers and salads. The Screen Door burger is a great choice for a first timer, with double-fried chicken, American cheddar, double-smoked bacon, fried egg and coleslaw on a seeded bun.
Runner up: Harajuku Gyoza
When it comes to lunch, dumplings tick a lot of boxes. First of all, they are great for when you want a dozen of something. Second, there are a variety of fillings that can help scratch the variety itch. Third, Harajuku Gyoza can be found all over Brisbane. This dumpling dining house serves up grilled and poached dumplings, fried chicken, curries, salads, and sides that are all perfect for hitting that sweet spot when you are feeling particularly snacky.
Since opening in Red Hill in 2013, Botanica has been proving the phrase ‘you don’t make friends with salad’ to be fundamentally incorrect. Every day Botanica’s Red Hill and Newstead locations pump out waves of delicious salads made from gourmet produce, managing to keep the hordes of salad hunters happy every day. Botanica also supports the idea that treating yourself is beneficial for mind, body and soul, which is why it also stocks a range of sweets to snack on after your salad-centric lunch.
Burgers will always be a safe bet when looking for a lunch option, but quality should always be at the top of your checklist. Miss Kay’s is undeniably one of the best spots for a quality burg and a quick glimpse of the menu is all the assurance you’ll need. Miss Kay’s burgers are known to feature fillings like lemon pepper chicken breasts, slow-cooked pulled pork, mac ‘n’ cheese and spiced tempura cauliflower, but you also can’t ignore sides such as the onion rings, dirty fries and chicken wings. Miss Kay’s can be found in The City and Mitchelton, while take-away only joint Little Miss Kay’s is in Woolloongabba.
The Weekend Edition readers have already voted Pearl as the best place in town to get breakfast, so it’s no surprise that the Woolloongabba cafe keeps the quality going through to lunch. We are all for meat and cheese for lunch, which is great because Pearl plates up a delicious charcuterie selection after noon. If you want something a bit more substantial, we suggest the handmade gnocchi verde, braised beef short rib with polenta bianca, and the confit chicken leg with colcannon.
The Yiros Shop
Is it any wonder that The Yiros Shop has become so popular across Brisbane? Its combination of value and taste is a guaranteed hit. The menu of authentic Greek morsels include the traditional yiros (meat layered lovingly on lightly scorched pita), calamari, haloumi, fresh pita with dips, and chips with feta. The Yiros Shop now boasts locations in Fortitude Valley, Cannon Hill, South Brisbane and Brisbane City.
After scouring Montague Road for vintage goods and fresh produce at the Davies Park Markets, you’re probably thinking about nabbing some lunch. If only the best will do, Plenty is the place to go. Focusing on sourcing locally grown food from regional farmers, Plenty pairs wholesome ingredients with stellar presentation and flavour. Try the zucchini, pea and ricotta pancakes with tomato and avocado salad, roast pumpkin and cauliflower salad, or the chocolate, rye and honeycomb brownie and taste some of the best produce in town.
Felix for Goodness
This sweet cafe nook can be found hidden away on Burnett Lane in The City, known to many for its great coffee and delicious meals. If you are hungry around lunch time, we suggest popping in to sample some of the dishes made from organic produce and wholefoods, including toasties stuffed with free-range ham, kraut and manchego, Japanese okonomiyaki pancakes, vegetable curries, soup, falafel and sweet potato salads, and more.
Few countries do lunch as well as America, which is probably why Red Hook resonated with so many of you when it came time to vote on the best place for lunch. This Creek Street bar and eatery dishes up some excellent burgers, hotdogs, chicken wings, cheesesteaks, mac ‘n’ cheese squares, loaded fries, tacos and more, all inspired by the vibrant boroughs of New York City.
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