Casual Dining
Smashing! Pop-up burger concept Junior Classic Cheeseburger is now flipping in Woolloongabba
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Smashing! Pop-up burger concept Junior Classic Cheeseburger is now flipping in Woolloongabba

It's hard to ignore a craving for burgers. The urge to sink one's teeth into a juicy handful is near impossible to ignore, so our advice is to just go with the flow. Perhaps the flow will take you to Junior Classic Cheeseburger, a new pop-up burger spot slinging sizzling bites that will have you seriously tossing up between double or triple-patty stacks. It's open every Friday, so if you're looking to step out for a fun lunch, pop this one on your list. more

Bakeries
It's here – Agnes Bakery opens the doors to its anticipated permanent home on James Street
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It’s here – Agnes Bakery opens the doors to its anticipated permanent home on James Street

Agnes Bakery was born from necessity, but stayed around because of popularity. When the city shut down in the wake of COVID-19 restrictions, 'pivot' became the word of the day and experimental concepts started proliferating around town. Of all the operators that swivelled in order to keep their businesses afloat, few garnered such a rapturous public response as Agnes' pop-up woodfired bakery and bottle shop. The bakery's delightfully crusty loaves of malted sourdough, cinnamon-coated doughnuts and charred and flaky Basque cheesecakes quickly cemented themselves as must-have items, and its smoked butter became a thing of legend. More than a year on and several pop-up appearances later, Agnes Bakery is celebrating the opening of its permanent woodfired dispensary on James Street today, Thursday October 21. There will be danishes, kouign-amanns, choux buns and cakes by the slice – there… more

Cafes
New digs, same fig – The Smug Fig unveils its new Stones Corner cafe and social bar
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New digs, same fig – The Smug Fig unveils its new Stones Corner cafe and social bar

Anyone that has moved house or apartment knows that packing up your life and shifting it elsewhere can be a real pain in the backside. Imagine, then, packing up a cafe – one deeply entrenched in its local community – and relocating it a couple of suburbs over. That's exactly the process that the team behind The Smug Fig has just completed. The East Brisbane-born cafe has just moved to Stones Corner, taking the opportunity to elevate and enhance its look and menu, reopening as one part cafe, one part neighbourhood bar. more

Restaurants
Meet Spread – the Camp Hill pizzeria from the salumi-savvy team behind Say Cheese
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Meet Spread – the Camp Hill pizzeria from the salumi-savvy team behind Say Cheese

When you think about it, an antipasti platter has almost all the right ingredients one needs to make a primo pizza. Meat, cheeses, vegetables – the only thing missing is dough and a dollop of sauce! The crew behind Say Cheese – one of Brisbane's most beloved grazing table, platter box and gift-delivery services – is spreading its wings, securing a site of its own on Bennetts Road in Camp Hill that serves as Say Cheese's headquarters by day and doubles as a slick suburban pizzeria by night. Spread is taking a simple but considered approach to its slices, serving familiar favourites elevated with the use of gourmet cheeses, mouth-watering meats and enticing extras. more

Cafes
Willow Cafe brings inventive brunch bites and beach vibes to Balmoral
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Willow Cafe brings inventive brunch bites and beach vibes to Balmoral

While we love packing the car and making an impromptu trek to the Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast every odd weekend, sometimes our hectic lifestyles prevent us from getting our recommended dose of surf, sand and sun. We can always make time for brunch, though, which is great because Willow Cafe, Balmoral's new resident, has brought a little bit of the beach to Riding Road. With a coastal-chic interior and a menu of eats that look almost too good to eat, we reckon this brand-new noshery will be a favourite for folks seeking a dash of relaxed coastal charm. more

Cafes
Pavement Whispers: Inter/Section – a new laneway hub from the Coffee Anthology team – set to open in Brisbane City
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Pavement Whispers: Inter/Section – a new laneway hub from the Coffee Anthology team – set to open in Brisbane City

When pioneering specialty coffee cafe Coffee Anthology announced on Instagram earlier this week that it was moving, the caffeinated blood of its sizeable fanbase likely ran cold. Thankfully, the esteemed dispensary isn't moving far from its long-time abode on Margaret Street – it's heading to Charlotte Street where it will anchor Inter/Section, a brand-new laneway hub connecting streets, concepts and people with coffee, pastries and hospitality. Here's what we know ... more

Food News
Bon aperitif – Aperol is giving away 100,000 Aperol Spritz
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Bon aperitif – Aperol is giving away 100,000 Aperol Spritz

When the temperature is kicked up a notch, so is our thirst for a refreshing spritz – and one of our favourite tipples to wrap our lips around is of the Aperol variety. To kick off summer on the right note and put eager sippers in good spirits, Aperol is giving away 100,000 Aperol Spritz just for the heck of it. Happy hour just got a whole lot more happier. more


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The round-up: bark up the right tree at Brisbane’s best dog-friendly cafes and bars
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The round-up: bark up the right tree at Brisbane’s best dog-friendly cafes and bars

Dogs are so, so great. They are the most pure creatures on earth and we do not deserve them. Right, now that that’s out in the open we can get down to business – people with pooches are generally keen to take their furry mates everywhere they possibly can, but unfortunately the world we live in is sometimes cruel and prohibitive. It’s ruff (!), but we’ve taken paws (!!) and done the digging (!!!) to sniff out (!!!!) Brisbane’s best dog-friendly cafes and bars. From dedicated hashtags to pup-centric treats, these venues appreciate that it’s a dog’s life. more

Cafes
Pavement Whispers: Woolloongabba's Black Sheep Coffee announces a change in name, location and focus
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Pavement Whispers: Woolloongabba’s Black Sheep Coffee announces a change in name, location and focus

One of Brisbane's most storied specialty coffee roasters is making moves. Black Sheep Coffee will soon relocate its coffee bar and roastery from its long-time Norman Street HQ across the road to a larger space, expanding its operational scope and offering. The business will also be adopting a new name – one that better reflects the values of its operators. Come next year Black Sheep will be known as Joyce Coffee – here's what we know about the noteworthy transition ... more

Restaurants
Meet Paella y Pa’ Mi – an intimate Spanish-inspired eatery in the heart of Coorparoo
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Meet Paella y Pa’ Mi – an intimate Spanish-inspired eatery in the heart of Coorparoo

It's hard to walk past a gently cooking pan of paella and not look twice. The sight of fresh seafood, vegetables or meat nestled in a bed of fluffy and crispy saffron-imbued rice is enough to get our saliva glands working overtime – it's no wonder paella has evolved into Spain's national dish. Paella y Pa' Mi, Coorparoo's brand-new restaurant and tapas bar, is making paella its specialty, serving a menu that is part paean to Spanish culinary traditions and part contemporaneous interpretation of the popular peasant-style dish. Throw in a bar stocked with Spanish gins, vermouths, beers and sangria and you've got plenty of reasons to pop in and say hola! more

Restaurants
Everton Plaza heats up with the arrival of Southeast Asian restaurant Mai Gai
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Everton Plaza heats up with the arrival of Southeast Asian restaurant Mai Gai

Everton Plaza might be a far cry from the motorbike-filled streets of Bangkok, but that doesn't mean you can't sample some of the same Southeast Asian fare. Mai Gai – the hub's new greenery filled eatery – is slinging the tastes of Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia from its laneway space, adding a sense-invigorating option to the suburb's thriving complement of culinary outlets. Mai Gai officially launches this Friday October 15 – have a gander at the bounty that awaits you ... more

Bars
Graffiti-coated eatery Mr Wabi brings theatrical tipples and Asian-inspired eats to Burnett Lane
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Graffiti-coated eatery Mr Wabi brings theatrical tipples and Asian-inspired eats to Burnett Lane

Sips of ambrosial cocktails, bites of aromatic fare, a come-as-you-are approachability and vibes you long to recapture – that's the experience the team at Mr Wabi looks to provide. The brand-new resident of Burnett Lane in The City opened last week, introducing wanderers to its zestful Asian-inspired offering and street-art adorned interior. Seeking a new Friday night destination with a bit of verve? Keep your eyes peeled for the glow of neon-pink emanating from within Mr Wabi's lively locale. more

Casual Dining
Hamilton welcomes Verde and Sweet, a new salad and treats bar from the Petrichor & Co. team
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Hamilton welcomes Verde and Sweet, a new salad and treats bar from the Petrichor & Co. team

As much as we love to meal prep, sometimes the weekends (and weeknights) get away from us. When we're caught out with an empty fridge, it's tempting to turn towards simple takeaway to get by. Racecourse Road's new salad, cake and pantry concept Verde and Sweet is giving time-poor folks such as ourselves the opportunity to enjoy take-home sustenance that nourishes and sustains without breaking the bank. Are you underprepared for a dinner party? Too tired to cook? Didn't pack lunch today? This spot is for you. more

Food News
Bodacious bagels, killer craft beers and piping-hot paella – ten tastes of Teneriffe Festival that you have to try
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Bodacious bagels, killer craft beers and piping-hot paella – ten tastes of Teneriffe Festival that you have to try

Each passing day this month marks another day closer to Teneriffe Festival, which will be bringing live beats, kick-ass drinks and a stellar selection of street fare to Teneriffe on Saturday October 23. To get you licking your lips in anticipation, we've assembled a bucket list of dynamite eats that you can tuck in to on the day. Read on for more delicious details ... more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: the Scenic Rim will soon welcome Blume, a destination restaurant from one of Brisbane's best and brightest
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Pavement Whispers: the Scenic Rim will soon welcome Blume, a destination restaurant from one of Brisbane’s best and brightest

The Scenic Rim is a region of abundance – a wonderland of breathtaking vistas, fertile farmlands and warm and welcoming hospitality. While the area's plethora of natural landmarks, sleepy towns, bountiful farmlands, restaurants and cafes, and hidden gems make it nearly impossible to take in the Scenic Rim's true majesty in a single weekend, we're always eager for more excuses to book another trip. From what we hear, we'll have one before year's end. One of Australia's best young chefs is taking his talents to the countryside to open Blume – a gorgeous 20-seater restaurant currently taking shape in Boonah. Blume will look to showcase the best produce the Scenic Rim has to offer, delivering a sumptuous set-menu service that is already sitting atop our next getaway to-do list. Here's what we know ... more

Best of Brisbane
The round up: sate your sweet tooth at Brisbane's best dessert spots
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The round up: sate your sweet tooth at Brisbane’s best dessert spots

Let’s be honest with ourselves – it doesn’t matter what you’ve had for dinner, there’s always room for dessert. Brisbane is absolutely flush with spots to get your sugar fix, whether it be in a decadent cake, a few weighty scoops of ice-cream or a dozen doughnuts. So you can satisfy your sweet tooth, we’ve put together a list some seriously decadent dessert spots in Brisbane. more

Food News
You do make friends with salad – Botanica opens its fifth salad and sweets dispensary in Albion
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You do make friends with salad – Botanica opens its fifth salad and sweets dispensary in Albion

Beloved for its nourishing and mouth-watering selection of takeaway salads and grab-and-go treats, Botanica has been serving up fresh, vege-packed fare in Brisbane for nearly nine years. The boutique salad bar continues to take the city by storm, with four locations currently slinging savoury and sweet delights – with a fifth coming soon to Albion. Yep, come this Saturday October 16 northside locals will be able to lap up Botanica’s plant-based offerings and delicious confections without having to trek into town. more