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Buone notizie! Italian Street Kitchen by Isabella has expanded to West Village
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Buone notizie! Italian Street Kitchen by Isabella has expanded to West Village

It seems like West Village adds a new element to its blossoming dining offering almost every month. In 2021 alone the West End lifestyle precinct has welcomed the arrivals of Beirut Bazaar, Cheeky Poké Bar, Harris Farm Markets, Betty's Burgers and Ichiban Sushi – and the procession is set to continue right up until year's end. Italian Street Kitchen fired up the pizza oven at its brand-new West Village location last week, quickly snaring the senses of locals and curious wanderers with its menu of regional Italian delights and aperitivo-style sips. The spacious eatery and bar is 'la ciliegina sulla torta' ('the icing on the cake') for West Village's hospitality roster – adding a dash of relaxed piazza-style dining to one of Brisbane's booming hubs. more

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The Canvas Club crew unveils Mr Badger's, Woolloongabba's new deli, sandwich and pizza bar
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The Canvas Club crew unveils Mr Badger’s, Woolloongabba’s new deli, sandwich and pizza bar

It's a great time to be a Woolloongabba resident. In the past 12 months the inner-south suburb has welcomed the likes of Little G, Easy Times Brewing Co., Butterfly and Mac From Way Back to its cadre of eateries – cementing the Logan Road cul-de-sac and its immediate surrounds as a hub of diverse dining options. The crew behind two of the strip's most beloved watering holes, Canvas Club and Electric Avenue, is tripling its presence in the area this Friday September 4 with the opening of brand-new family-friendly deli and bar Mr Badger's. Taking a charming throwback approach to hospitality, Mr Badger's will be slinging a menu of stacked sandwiches, grab-and-go pastries, plates of gourmet cheese and meats, Detroit-style pizzas, and bottled cocktails – all while paying tribute to the area's legacy as a tramway nexus via a seriously creative interior decor. more

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Sandgate welcomes the arrival of community-focused local Bluenose Betty
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Sandgate welcomes the arrival of community-focused local Bluenose Betty

On paper, it's easy to list what makes a solid suburban watering hole. Great drinks are a must and a solid food menu is also essential. The ambience has to be on point, with a decor that is stylish but approachable. Oh, and the staff has to be friendly, too – that's non-negotiable. Although this set of criteria is easy to list, nailing each and every one of them is more of an art, rather than a science. The crew behind new Sandgate drinkery Bluenose Betty seem to have struck a perfect balance, offering the right mix of essential and intangible qualities – quickly become a community favourite. Read on to see how they did it ... more

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Enzo y Ollie brings birria, burritos and frozen margaritas to Caxton Street
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Enzo y Ollie brings birria, burritos and frozen margaritas to Caxton Street

Birria tacos – have you heard of them? These crispy morsels have become a hot-ticket dish in Australia thanks to a surge in popularity online. Despite the buzz surrounding birria (which is technically a soup – don't worry, we'll explain), there are only a few spots in Brisbane where you can get your hands on some. Enzo y Ollie – a new Petrie Terrace eatery that recently opened on Caxton Street – is the latest to boast the crunchy and dippable riff on the taco on its menu. Throw in a host of other Mexican- and Colombian-inspired eats, a bunch of zingy margaritas and a spacious beer garden perfect for revelry, and you've got plenty of reasons (including birria, of course) to visit. more

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Pavement Whispers: Dos Manos to fuse Japanese and Mexican flavours at exciting pan-Pacific eatery
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Pavement Whispers: Dos Manos to fuse Japanese and Mexican flavours at exciting pan-Pacific eatery

Newstead's percolating dining scene will score another entrant next Monday September 6 – one bringing together the best aspects of two of the world's most beloved cuisines. Dos Manos (Spanish for two hands) will be ingeniously harmonising Japanese and Mexican cuisine at its soon-to-open bar and eatery on Reddacliff Street. If you love tacos and tataki in equal measure, this is one opening worth marking in your calendar. more

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Low and Slow Meat Co. unveils it smokin'-hot Morningside barbecue mecca
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Low and Slow Meat Co. unveils it smokin’-hot Morningside barbecue mecca

Whether you're new to the grilling game or are a practiced hand at pit-mastery, having the right gear and the right ingredients is essential to the art of barbecue. Self-described meat-and-heat trader Low and Slow Meat Co. is positioning itself as a go-to repository for all things smoke, fire and sizzle with its brand-new gourmet butcher shop and specialty store in Morningside. This all-in-one emporium is stocking everything from quality meats and rubs to fixings and equipment, with plans in the works for a Low and Slow-branded eatery to come. Take a gander inside ... more

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Kim Thanh Hot Bread | Brisbane's best banh mi
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The round-up: bite into some of Brisbane’s best banh mi

When it comes to sandwiches, we are connoisseurs. As long as there’s bread and some kind of filling, we’re interested. No sandwich gets us as excited as banh mi, though, and we’d hazard a guess we’re not the only ones. In an age where people are pushing the boundaries of food fusion, banh mi is an established and culturally rich blend. The meeting of French and Vietnamese cuisines has resulted in what could be the best sandwich in the world, and when you get a glimpse of the crusty baguette filled to bursting point with scrumptious ingredients you’d be hard-pressed to disagree. Brisbane’s got a booming banh mi scene. Want proof? Check out this list and see what all of the fuss is about. more

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Cuisines combine at Coorparoo's smart kitchen hub Chef Collective
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Cuisines combine at Coorparoo’s smart kitchen hub Chef Collective

The ongoing pandemic has changed the way upstart hospitality businesses operate. In the age of surprise lockdowns and restrictions on dine-in venues, cloud kitchens – that is, food-centric outlets that operate solely through takeaway and delivery – are becoming more common, especially for new entrants to the industry. Chef Collective is a Coorparoo-based compound that is incubating a range of upstart foodie concepts, from fried-chicken vendors and dumpling dispensaries to grab-and-go Greek eats and takeaway Thai. Here's what's on offer ... more


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Wholly Crumpets opens a crumpet and coffee cafe in Bulimba
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Wholly Crumpets opens a crumpet and coffee cafe in Bulimba

There's something about the humble crumpet that we'll always treasure. While more grown-up breakfast carbs like bagels or artisanal sourdoughs tickle our sophisticated adult sensibilities, the thought of the golden and bubbly crumpets of our youth still hold a special place. The crew behind Wholly Crumpets is changing the dialogue around the toasted delight, transforming it from a nostalgia-inducing artefact into a popular cafe staple. Speaking of cafes, Wholly Crumpets has opened one of its own in Bulimba, serving its brand of delightfully dense discs crowned with an assortment of tasty toppings. more

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Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal has teamed up with Grill'd to create a range of plant-based burgers
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Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal has teamed up with Grill’d to create a range of plant-based burgers

For those not overly familiar, Heston Blumenthal is an English culinary whiz famed for his creative style of cookery. Curious gastronomers travel far and wide to get a taste of Heston's flavourful fare but with travelling no longer an option, inquisitive feasters have been forced to follow the age-old rule of 'look, but don't touch'. Until now, that is. Starting this week, you can get a taste of Heston's delicious creations without the pricey plane ticket as the burger-loving brainiacs at Grill'd have teamed up with the celebrity chef to create a lip-smacking line-up of plant-based burgers. more

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Banh Mi Factory is now slinging Vietnamese street food in a Newstead back street
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Banh Mi Factory is now slinging Vietnamese street food in a Newstead back street

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of sinking one’s teeth into the flaky crust of a bang-on banh mi, and few joints do the delicacy justice as well as Banh Mi Factory. The market-born Vietnamese street-food concept went legit in December 2019, snagging tastebuds of northside locals with its first bricks-and-mortar dispensary in Zillmere. Now the family-run business has expanded, opening a hole-in-the-wall dispensary on a side street in Newstead's fringe. Here the banh mis are fresh and flaky, stuffed with perfectly chargrilled proteins and served alongside noodle and rice bowls, snacks, sweet treats and authentic Vietnamese coffee. more

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Art, music and food collide at King Street's inclusive new hub Space & Co.
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Art, music and food collide at King Street’s inclusive new hub Space & Co.

As we gradually pry ourselves from the grip of the pandemic, it's becoming more and more apparent that what we seek in a night out has changed. While dinner and drinks is something we'll never do away with, the urge for a more sensory experience is rising. People want a ticket to something! Space & Co., a newly open multifaceted destination on King Street, is bringing music, visual art, drinks (both boozy and alcohol-free kinds), Japanese and Korean-inspired street food and inclusive vibes together under one roof. In a time where Brisbane's art and hospitality scenes are trying to hone in on a new normal, Space & Co. is blazing a path forward with an all-in-one approach. Read on for a look inside ... more

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Unbearable Bagels – the new grab-and-go step-sibling of Zero Fox – opens in Teneriffe
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Unbearable Bagels – the new grab-and-go step-sibling of Zero Fox – opens in Teneriffe

There's been a bit of a stir taking place down on Vernon Terrace, Teneriffe's leafy main drag. Clusters of carb-loving locals can be seen swarming the entrance to Unbearable Bagels, a new attitude-laden bagel-slinging concept that opened on Monday July 19. The brainchild of a hospitality crew that has made a name for itself by doing things a little bit differently, here loaded bagels (stuffed with drool-worthy ingredients or slathered in a simple schmear) and black coffee are a specialty – and the crowds are already loving it. more

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Join Pie Town's Pie of the Month Club to gobble up a piece of limited-edition perfection
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Join Pie Town’s Pie of the Month Club to gobble up a piece of limited-edition perfection

If you're a regular consumer of oven-baked delights from a certain Montague Road pie shop, then we can spare you the details on how deliciously decadent Pie Town's American-style sweet and savoury creations are. For the not-so-familiar, we suggest following your nose to West End's charming culinary gem to get acquainted – because once you do, you'll be back for more ... and more ... and more. So much so, that you might as well just get a monthly pie membership. Well it's funny we say that, because now you can. more

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The round-up: the best spots in Brisbane to get a slice of vegan pizza
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The round-up: the best spots in Brisbane to get a slice of vegan pizza

Plant-based dining isn't a foodie trend – it's a full-on movement that's here to stay. With many eaters switching to diets that eschew animal products entirely, vegan-friendly dining has become a big area of expansion. Naturally, one of the first dishes to get the plant-based treatment was pizza – even large-scale slice slingers like Domino's has jumped in on the action in recent years. Brisbane’s got a host of pizza joints that whip up covetable circles of heaven topped with all manner of vegan-friendly ingredients for dine-in and delivery. So, if you’re new to the vegan lifestyle, it might be handy to bookmark this list of Brisbane's best vegan pizzas next time you get a hankering for a slice. more

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Under the Brisbane sun – the best outdoor date spots to wine and dine your beloved in The City
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Under the Brisbane sun – the best outdoor date spots to wine and dine your beloved in The City

Cuffing season is well and truly here, friends. You know, that time of year when the temperature starts to drop, so those single folk among us seek out a special someone to snuggle up to in the cooler months. Whether your boo is new or you've been snuggling for a while, the love rush usually ramps up during the cooler months, making it one of the best times to take your flame out and about to soak up the spectacular winter weather. Here are some of the best sun-soaked outdoor date spots in Brisbane to hit up, whether you're down for a coffee and a croissant, a long lunch by the waterfront or cocktails while you watch the sun set. more

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Pavement Whispers: Volume 315 July 6
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 315 July 6

From news of a music, art and hospitality hub opening next week in Bowen Hills to a new bagel and filter coffee concept from the Zero Fox team, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest food news in Brisbane, dedicated to ensuring its readers are in the know. When we put our ears to the pavement this week, this is what we found out … more

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Soothe the lockdown blues with City Winery's drive-through mac ’n’ cheese pop-up Mac In the Box
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Soothe the lockdown blues with City Winery’s drive-through mac ’n’ cheese pop-up Mac In the Box

The recent snap three-day lockdown has been extended to four days, throwing many of our weekend plans into disarray. All is not lost, though, as the quick-thinking crew at City Winery is looking to inject some cheer into our drizzly doldrums with its new drive-through mac ’n’ cheese pivot Mac In the Box. The mouth-watering pop-up launches this afternoon – here's what's on the menu ... more

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Burgs to the ’burbs – Broken Hearts Burger Club opens a new location in Mango Hill
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Burgs to the ’burbs – Broken Hearts Burger Club opens a new location in Mango Hill

With a burger scene as packed as the one we've got in Brisbane, just to be regarded amongst the city's upper echelon is a feat in itself. Broken Hearts Burger Club might be a relative youngster compared to some of Brisbane's established burger-centric operators, but the pop-up turned smashed-patty superstar has quickly earned enough local praise to elevate it to the top of the heap. This week the crew expanded its footprint with a brand-new locale at Mango Hill Marketplace, taking its range of classic hand-smashed handfuls, fries and stellar shakes to Moreton Bay. more

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West Village welcomes a new coastal-inspired outpost from Betty's Burgers
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West Village welcomes a new coastal-inspired outpost from Betty’s Burgers

We love surprises – especially surprise parties! Oh, we love surprise openings too, so you can imagine our delight when we heard that Betty's Burgers had opened a new location at West Village yesterday, Wednesday June 23, and that it was hosting a weekend-long bash to celebrate. Fans of Betty's bang-on burgs and ice-creams are encouraged to mark July 9–11 in their calendars – there ain't no party like a Betty's Burgers party because at a Betty's Burgers party we get the gifts. more