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Savour charcoal-grilled snacks and curious cocktails at Shishou Sake Bar
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Savour charcoal-grilled snacks and curious cocktails at Shishou Sake Bar

In late 2019, a hole-in-the-wall space bridging Brunswick Street and California Lane was transformed into Brisbane's first omakase sushi-degustation restaurant Shishou. Earlier this year, the restaurant's ownership shifted gears, rebooting the concept and implementing a more casual style of Japanese-influenced dining, rebranding as Shishou Sake Bar. The cosy space now boasts eye-catching murals, a splash of vibrant neon, and an all-new menu of yakitori-style eats, bar snacks and cocktails to consume. more

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Betty's Burgers expands with a new location on Albert Street
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Betty’s Burgers expands with a new location on Albert Street

What more can be said about Betty's Burgers that hasn't already been mentioned? From humble beachside origins, the coastal-cool burger joint as blossomed into one of Queensland's biggest success stories. There's no end in sight for the businesses expansion, either – just before Christmas, Betty's Burgers opened a brand-new location on Albert Street, immediately swaying inner-city eaters with it's menu of impressive two-handers, snacks and desserts. more

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Hitting the clubs gets a new meaning at Wintergarden's Holey Moley Golf Club
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Hitting the clubs gets a new meaning at Wintergarden’s Holey Moley Golf Club

When Holey Moley Golf Club first broke onto the scene in 2016, it changed the game and redefined what was possible in the realm of hospitality-meets-entertainment concepts. More than three years on and Holey Moley bars are sprouting up everywhere, with more than 15 locations in Australian alone. Brisbane scored a second indoor putt-putt bar late last year when Holey Moley landed at the Wintergarden, giving the inner-city scene a lively hang that blends games of skill with a menu of decadent eats. more

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Lord of the Fries brings its plant-based burgs to Fortitude Valley
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Lord of the Fries brings its plant-based burgs to Fortitude Valley

Carnivores and those of us without dietary restrictions lead a truly privileged life. Not only is nearly the entire food pyramid open for consumption, but there is no real time restriction on when we can get it. This means that even in the wee hours of the morning (perhaps after a few beverages, who are we to judge), there's still a bunch on offer. But what about vegans? Even plant-based eaters get cravings for late-night comfort-food staples such as juicy burgers, loaded fries and decadent shakes. Nationally beloved ethical fast-food outfit Lord of the Fries has been catering to these hankerings for years down south, leaving Brisbane vegans wanting. Lord of the Fries has finally ventured our way, opening a late-night joint in Fortitude Valley just before Christmas and fast becoming a go-to for quick-and-easy plant-based, kosher and halal eats. more


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King of the Wings launches bayside street-food hub StrEAT Easy
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King of the Wings launches bayside street-food hub StrEAT Easy

Dylan and Katrina Pires are well acquainted with the ups and downs of running a food-truck business. The owners of beloved fried chicken-wing wagon King of the Wings have cruised the streets of Brisbane for more than six years, slinging batches of cluckin’ good bites far and wide (as far as New York, even, where they won second place at Wingfest 2016). As successful as they’ve been, they know that the livelihood of food truck vendors is largely dependent on the weather. The amount of events that have been rained out or cancelled due to fears of inclement conditions are countless, often leaving truck operators in the lurch and seeking a last-minute opportunity to sell on their stock. In a move inspired by equal parts evolution and preservation, Dylan and Katrina started pondering potential all-weather alternatives, landing on the idea of an enclosed hub where food truck… more

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Hello Please unveils its new Fish Lane digs and menu of Southeast Asian eats
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Hello Please unveils its new Fish Lane digs and menu of Southeast Asian eats

Since the earliest days of the Fish Lane boom, Hello Please has been humbly hawking some of Brisbane's finest Vietnamese-inspired street food. The little shipping container kitchen that could, Hello Please has stood the test of time despite being conceived as a temporary fixture from its conception. As Fish Lane starts to fill in its remaining nooks and crannies, Hello Please has evolved – securing a permanent spot further down the laneway. Officially open to the public as of Tuesday December 10, Hello Please 2.0 has given its team more elbow room to experiment and deliver a complete expression of their stand-out booze and food selection. 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

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

In the blink of an eye, we're at the end of the year. It seems like it was yesterday we entered 2019 bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, and now we stand at the precipice of a new decade, perhaps a bit weary, but wiser none the less. Whether you're thinking of capping of 2019 with a rager (go you good thing), or are keen to get an early night's sleep (and a refreshed start for 2020), you'll still need sustenance on New Year's Day. We've compiled a list of spots trading on the first day of 2020, so be sure to make your first 2020 meal a good one – it'll set the tone for the rest of the year! more

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Love at first bite – savour the sweetness at Pie Town in West End
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Love at first bite – savour the sweetness at Pie Town in West End

If you've caught a whiff of freshly baked pie floating down Montague Road, let us assure you that your mind isn't playing tricks. Should you follow your nose to the source of the scent, you'll come across one of Brisbane's most charming culinary newcomers – Pie Town. After a few years earning rave reviews as a pop-up hawking primo American-style sweet and savoury pies, Pie Town now boasts its own home in West End. It's time to forget about soggy servo Four'N Twenty's, you've entered Pie Town – population: you! more

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Stairway to heaven – Toombul lifts the veil on its anticipated dining playground UPSTAIRS
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Stairway to heaven – Toombul lifts the veil on its anticipated dining playground UPSTAIRS

For much of its 50-year existence, Toombul Shopping Centre has played second fiddle to Westfield Chermside as the go-to shopping and dining destination for locals of Brisbane's northern suburbs. Well, the status quo is set to shift thanks to Toombul's first-of-its-kind dining and entertainment hub UPSTAIRS. The brand-new precinct officially opened to the public last week, showing off its first wave of killer eateries. Come and get a closer look at some of the mouth-watering arrivals ... more

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Barko & Co opens a new location at West Village's The Garden Pantry
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Barko & Co opens a new location at West Village’s The Garden Pantry

In May this year, Teneriffe's cafe scene scored a charming environmentally conscious brunch spot in the form of Barko & Co. The riverside hub quickly caught on with ethically and sustainably minded eaters, and it's been welcoming hordes of guests through its doors ever since. On Friday November 15, the Barko & Co team unveiled a sibling venue in the heart of West End, opening in prime position at The Garden Pantry in West Village. Fans of Barko & Co's brunch style now have a second outpost to source it, but this venue has the added benefit of nighttime trade – complete with cocktails, wines and a menu of Spanish-meets-Australian eats. more

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Food Collective touches down at Brisbane Airport's Domestic Terminal
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Food Collective touches down at Brisbane Airport’s Domestic Terminal

It's been a banner year for Brisbane Airport's dining scene, especially at the Domestic Terminal! Following hot on the heels of the arrival of The Lord Lamington, Brisbane Airport Corporation has linked up with seasoned food and beverage operator SSP Group to open and operate Food Collective down at the terminal's northern end. This food hall-style dining hub is a first-of-its-kind operation in Australia, with five styles of cuisine represented for travellers seeking some variety in their pre-flight fuel-up. more

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The Billykart Kitchen crew unveils its burger joint concept Bender's Bar in West End
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The Billykart Kitchen crew unveils its burger joint concept Bender’s Bar in West End

Billykart Kitchen's cheeseburger has a formidable reputation. Serious die-hard burger lovers place it amongst Brisbane's best, and it has evolved from being one of Billykart's most underrated menu choices to a having a full-blown bar concept inspired by its popularity. After seducing the tastebuds of West End locals with his burger-centric outlet Billykart Bar, Ben O'Donoghue and his culinary crew have shifted the concept across the road for new neighbourhood bar and burger joint Bender's. Bender's Bar officially opens today, Thursday November 7, giving fans of Billykart Bar's burgers and sides more room to munch. more

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The boys are back – Charboys Burgers shows off its new Bulimba eatery
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The boys are back – Charboys Burgers shows off its new Bulimba eatery

One of Brisbane's most beloved boutique burger success stories has grown up. After closing up its bustling inner-city shipping container dispensary, Charboys Burgers has unveiled its new (and very first) bricks-and-mortar joint in the heart of Bulimba. If you've been missing the smell of sizzling beef patties and the taste of those same patties layered with cheese and smushed between a pair of buns, then gird your gullet – Charboys is back, and it's bigger than ever. more

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Don your sombrero – Tex-Mex eatery El Camino Cantina opens in Chermside
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Don your sombrero – Tex-Mex eatery El Camino Cantina opens in Chermside

Less than a year on from the unveiling of El Camino Cantina's first vibrant location in Bowen Hills, Rockpool Dining Group is taking the concept north. Today – Friday October 11 – marks the official opening of El Camino Cantina at Westfield Chermside's outdoor dining hub. Boasting the brand's signature neon-lit ambience, rock'n'roll attitude and menu of Tex-Mex delights, El Camino Cantina Chermside will be the spot to go for those seeking a never-ending fiesta. more