From breakfast to beer o’clock – Fortitude brings all-day bites to the Valley
Have you heard the word? You know, the F word? No, not that word – we’re referring to Fortitude, the newest joint to open up off Wickham Street in Fortitude Valley. If you’ve yet to experience Fortitude for yourself, perhaps the following can entice you – poke bowls, BBQ pork tacos, three-cheese croque monsieurs, boozy brunch cocktails and a menu dedicated to G&Ts. With a bistro and bar menu unlike any we’ve seen to date, Fortitude has got the lot – and we haven’t even told you about half of it.
For as long as we can remember, Fortitude Valley has been in need of an eatery that can cover all of our desires – those being coffee, tasty takeaway bites, sit-down dining, healthy eats, and post-work knock-off drinks. We know what you are saying – “Perfect cafes don’t exist.” Bam – incorrect! Let us introduce you to Fortitude, the Valley’s newest multi-faceted destination that ticks all our boxes. Owned and operated by Anthony Attard (formerly of Cicada Group), Fortitude occupies a bright and airy corner space just off Wickham Street. After signing the lease, Anthony wasted no time in making his mark on the space, enlisting the help of Ellivo Architects to help transform the location into a breezy, fresh and inviting spot that boasts handmade furniture, eye-catching tiling and plenty of room to move around inside and out.
Fortitude’s prime goal is to provide a range of options for locals that don’t have time to waste and those that are eager to linger for a while. It all starts with coffee – Anthony has linked up with the legends at Campos to provide the beloved go-go juice. Fortitude builds upon this foundation with its range of freshly made takeaway options that change daily. The display cabinet is filled with various baguettes, salads, wraps and fruit cups to grab in a rush. Sit-down diners can already tuck into breakfast bites, burgers and breads, but Fortitude will be unveiling a more substantial bistro menu in the coming weeks, which will include fancy breakfast options such as baked beans with ham hock, breakfast burritos and classic eggs benedict as well as lip-smacking lunches including peanut butter and pulled pork sandwiches, glazed salmon poke bowls and slow-cooked beef cheek. When the sun sets on Thursday and Friday evenings, Fortitude’s bar comes to life, serving tap and bottled beer, wine, cocktails and a range of snacks to sample. Of particular note is Fortitude’s dedicated gin and tonic menu, which lists four unique varieties for lovers of the classic libation.
Fortitude is open now at 100 Wickham Street. You can find opening hours and contact information over in our Stumble Guide.
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