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Score your lunchtime essentials from inner-city newcomer Harvest on George
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Score your lunchtime essentials from inner-city newcomer Harvest on George

If there's one thing that grinds our gears, it's having to hit multiple spots to cover all our nourishment needs – especially when we haven't got time to spare. Three pals are looking to solve that issue with a new all-in one pitstop in the heart of Brisbane City's busiest strip. Harvest on George and Meet Me in the Morning is a double whammy dispensary from a team that knows all about killer service. more

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South Italy comes to Ferny Hills – the Pizzantica team opens The Cedar Social
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South Italy comes to Ferny Hills – the Pizzantica team opens The Cedar Social

One of the most popular under-the-radar arrivals on the foodie scene has built a cult following almost solely thanks to word of mouth. The Cedar Social, tucked away off Samford Road in Ferny Hills, is the latest community-oriented concept from the ever-busy Pizzantica team, which brought its style of authentic south-Italian fare to the suburb in early January. Folks are flocking from all over to snag a seat in The Cedar Social's festoon light-illuminated beer garden, eager for a taste of the venue's piping-hot pizzas, effervescent spritzes and delectable dolci. more

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The Phat Boy team brings the tastes of Thailand to Brisbane Quarter with Som Tum Bar
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The Phat Boy team brings the tastes of Thailand to Brisbane Quarter with Som Tum Bar

Any frequent devourer of Thai food knows that som tum (that is green papaya salad) is a core staple of the cuisine. While many of us enjoy the refreshing (and slightly spicy) dish as an accompaniment to a larger feast, in Thailand som tum is widely beloved as a street food go-to, with many dedicated outlets dispensing an array of variations. The crew behind Phat Boy, Phat Elephant and Chai Thai is looking to increase the profile of the specialty in Brisbane, opening the city's first dedicated som tum bar in Brisbane Quarter last week. This newcomer isn't your average salad bar. Read on to find out why ... more

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Say hola to La Mexicana – the new street-food pop-up at Howard Smith Wharves
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Say hola to La Mexicana – the new street-food pop-up at Howard Smith Wharves

While we're dreaming of holidays to the Baja California peninsula and fantasising about sipping margaritas on the beaches of Playa del Carmen, overseas travelling is still a pipe dream for now. Howard Smith Wharves is looking to offer a handy substitute much closer to home in the form of La Mexicana – a new Mexican-inspired pop-up slinging guac, lamb barbacoa and tequila from today, Friday February 26. more

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Slipstream Brewing Co. lifts the lid on its Yeerongpilly brewpub extension
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Slipstream Brewing Co. lifts the lid on its Yeerongpilly brewpub extension

Brisbane's craft breweries have carved out a unique niche in Brisbane's drinking and dining landscape, with many evolving into the go-to local for folks wetting their whistle on a weekend. Slipstream Brewing Co. in Yeerongpilly has established itself as one of these neighbourhood watering holes, luring in families and friendship groups with its range of sip-worthy sessionable beers. After more than four years of operation, Slipstream brewing has reached a threshold – it has become too popular to stay small, but too intrinsic to the community to pack up and depart for larger pastures. The Slipstream team has found a happy medium – taking over a neighbouring mechanic's warehouse, the crew has expanded its Yeerongpilly footprint, opening a spacious brewpub and beer garden with its own kitchen (and a larger bar, of course). The new-look Slipstream debuted last week – take a look inside… more

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Macca's is giving us a taste of New Zealand with its new Cookie Time McFlurry
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Macca’s is giving us a taste of New Zealand with its new Cookie Time McFlurry

When it comes to sweet treats, our Kiwi friends sure know what's up. Plenty of New Zealand's cult-status confections have made their way to our shores, from Whittaker's Peanut Slabs and Cadbury Perky Nanas to Pascall Pineapple Lumps and of course, Cookie Time. In a tastebud-tantalising twist of events, McDonald's is taking your favourite baked beauty, mashing it up and pouring it over its universally adored soft serve to create a new ice-cream flavour – the Cookie Time McFlurry. more

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Treat yourself to cookie-dough waffles, woodfired pizza and brunch bites at Carseldine Central
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Treat yourself to cookie-dough waffles, woodfired pizza and brunch bites at Carseldine Central

Those who call the 4034 postcode home will be very familiar with Carseldine Central, a convenient shopping pit stop located just off Gympie Road. For the uninitiated, we think it's high time you take a stroll through the retailer haven, which is also bountiful with delicious dining destinations. From decadent dessert spots and authentic Italian restaurants to family-run caffeination stations and Asian-inspired eateries, there's something to satisfy even the most hard-to-please palate ... more

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Cheeky Poké Bar expands to the inner city with new Ulster Lane location
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Cheeky Poké Bar expands to the inner city with new Ulster Lane location

As folks gradually start to trickle back into The City in greater numbers, the inner-city dining scene is starting to build up momentum once more. Arriving just in time to cater to the spike in the local lunch rush is Cheeky Poké Bar, which is opening its brand-new location today, Thursday February 18. Tucked away off Elizabeth Street in the newly revamped Ulster Lane, Cheeky is serving its range of protein-loaded poke bowls, wonton tacos and salivation-worthy snacks via a slick grab-and-go friendly format. more


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Tex-Mex meets low ’n’ slow barbecue at Barbecue Mafia's taco concept South Austin
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Tex-Mex meets low ’n’ slow barbecue at Barbecue Mafia’s taco concept South Austin

Austin's food scene is a veritable melting pot of cuisines, though most residents will likely concede that barbecue and Tex-Mex stand out from the pack as the two most quintessentially Texan choices. Although distinct in their styles and offering, some savvy operators have melded low ’n’ slow Texas barbecue and Tex-Mex together to create a remarkable culinary fusion. It's this union that forms the inspirational crux of South Austin – the brand-new taco concept from the smoked-meat monarchs behind Barbecue Mafia. South Austin is the team's love letter to The Lone Star State, with a menu that places tender morsels atop soft tortillas to create a salivation-inducing tandem largely unseen in Brisbane. South Austin officially opens today, Thursday January 28 – here's what to expect ... more

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Romaine calm – Botanica's new salad and sweets spot opens in Hawthorne
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Romaine calm – Botanica’s new salad and sweets spot opens in Hawthorne

Over its eight-year lifespan, Botanica has grown from a cruciferous curiosity to a bona fide salad-slinging superstar. These days, Botanica's signature blue boxes are a ubiquitous sight at dinner parties, barbecues and in workplace fridges, and it's not uncommon to frequently see a line of salad seekers slithering its way out of one of Botanica's three established locations. If you regularly find yourself in one of those lines, here's some great news – Botanica is opening a brand-new outlet in Hawthorne on Monday January 25. So, if you've got a craving for Israeli couscous or are keen for some kale and croutons, this salad bar should be your first port of call. more

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Chomp into some crispy goodness at West End's FryDays Bar & Kitchen
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Chomp into some crispy goodness at West End’s FryDays Bar & Kitchen

Apologies to any of you that have sworn off deep-fried foods as part of your New Year's resolutions – this next feature might be testing for your resolve. In mid December, West End's dining scene grew by one with the arrival of FryDays Bar & Kitchen. Occupying a street-front bar space on Boundary Street, this casual eatery and drinking spot is bringing together two of our favourite things – fried chicken and beer. That's not all, though – the FryDays menu bridges eastern and western hemispheres for a varied and malleable offering that's all about evoking that Friday feeling every day of the week. more

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Ze Pickle opens a new burger and cocktail cave in Hawthorne
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Ze Pickle opens a new burger and cocktail cave in Hawthorne

Even among Brisbane's diverse burger scene, Ze Pickle's creations stand out from the pack. The Burleigh Heads-born concept is renowned for pushing the limits on what can be crammed between a pair of burger buns, and its full-tilt commitment to the craft (as well as its food-porn-loaded Instagram account) has helped cultivate a legion of fans. This week the Ze Pickle team welcomed a new location to its portfolio of burger and craft-beer joints, this time landing in a fresh micro precinct in Hawthorne. Here's the lowdown ... more

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Curb your fried-chicken cravings at Wing Fix's new Newmarket locale
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Curb your fried-chicken cravings at Wing Fix’s new Newmarket locale

Even amidst the chaos that has permeated 2020 as a whole, the year continues to be a triumph for homegrown burger and wing bar Wing Fix. After spreading its wings and opening a new location at Coorparoo Square back in March, the crew has once again expanded – this time pointing the compass north. Wing Fix recently unveiled its graffiti-coated outpost now open at Newmarket Village – a casual cool eatery that specialises in fried-chicken in all its forms, as well as some tasty new surprises. more

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Go crazy for katsu with morsels from this Japanese-inspired dark kitchen
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Go crazy for katsu with morsels from this Japanese-inspired dark kitchen

It's been a big year for food-delivery services – we probably don't need to remind you why. Many kitchens across Brisbane have shaken up their business model to allow for more flexible methods of getting food from them to you, resulting in a host of dark kitchens dishing out waves of delivery-only goodies. Katsu Sando is one of the new faces on the block looking to fill our gobs with Japanese-inspired snacks – including its famed namesake, the katsu sandwich. more

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Kiki brings spicy cocktails and bougie banh mi to Fish Lane's Town Square
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Kiki brings spicy cocktails and bougie banh mi to Fish Lane’s Town Square

As Fish Lane's Town Square addition nears completion, we're being introduced to more of the precinct's exciting new tenants. Following hot on the heels of the opening of spritz and spuntini joint Bar Brutus comes Kiki – a leafy kiosk that will be slinging craft coffee, punchy cocktails, Asian-inspired street eats and funky wines from Friday December 4. Read on for an advance look at this merry meeting place ... more

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Sass in The City – Comuna Cantina opens its colourful new flagship on Creek Street
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Sass in The City – Comuna Cantina opens its colourful new flagship on Creek Street

When it first sprung up on our radar in 2016, it didn't take long for Comuna Cantina to cement itself in our regular rotation of inner-city party spots. Over the years the brand has expanded far beyond the confines of its neon-lit Albert Street haunt, spreading to the suburbs before making its triumphant return to the bustling CBD this week. Marking the culmination of four years of evolution, the drinking, dining and dancing institution has shimmied and sashayed back into the city spotlight with its colourful new home on Creek Street, serving up scintillating South American-inspired snacks alongside a jaw-dropping selection of cocktails. more

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From pop-up sensation to patty-flipping powerhouse – Broken Hearts Burger Club opens in Morningside
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From pop-up sensation to patty-flipping powerhouse – Broken Hearts Burger Club opens in Morningside

While Brisbane's burger scene is already brimming with some exceptional patty slingers, our insatiable appetite for juicy handfuls knows no limits – we are always eager for more! Broken Hearts Burger Club is the newest entrant to throw its hat into the ring, taking an old-school approach with its goal of perfecting the art of the smash burger. In a few short months this sizzling outfit has expanded far beyond its humble lockdown project beginnings, transforming from a sell-out pop-up and Instagram sensation into an anticipated bricks-and-mortar dining destination. Broken Hearts Burger Club is making burgers that are artfully simple and simply irresistible – an approach that has earned a stamp of approval from some internationally renowned burger heavyweights. It officially opens tomorrow, Tuesday December 1 – here's a look at what you can expect ... more

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The round-up: what's open in Brisbane on Boxing Day
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The round-up: what’s open in Brisbane on Boxing Day

Real talk – Boxing Day is totally underrated. Whether you’re a fiend for the sales, hanging to check out the latest blockbuster at the movies or simply just want to chill, this is the time to do it. If the stacks of leftover ham in your fridge are giving you Christmas food coma PTSD, we’ve tracked down the spots in Brisbane that are trading this Boxing Day. more