Food News
Where to eat and drink during Brisbane Writers Festival
Food & Drink

Where to eat and drink during Brisbane Writers Festival

Ask any writer and they'll tell you that hunger is a term that can mean so much more than a simple desire for food. For example, folks can voraciously devour information, seek sustenance from books and wolf down wordplay like there's no tomorrow. But at the end of the day, all that mental mastication is going to require some genuine food, not just food for thought. The Brisbane Writers Festival is in town from September 5–8, taking over the State Library of Queensland and QAGOMA for three days of enlightening discussion. Between sessions of witty repartee and impassioned conversation, guests will need to top up their energy levels. We've assembled a hit-list of cafes, bars and restaurants perfect for refuelling and digesting the day's events. more

Food News
Don't just drink it, create it – Stone & Wood's new brewery experience lets you become a brewer for the day
Food & Drink

Don’t just drink it, create it – Stone & Wood’s new brewery experience lets you become a brewer for the day

Do you ever find yourself with a beer in hand, staring curiously at that light amber liquid, thinking what kind of process brought that beer to life? Somehow a pile of ingredients – waiting to be extracted, brewed and fermented – underwent a frothy transformation. Of course, we all know the brewers are the ones who really brought beer here, but if you've ever wondered about the how behind the process, Byron Bay's iconic Stone & Wood Brewery, is giving you the chance to be a part of that magical beer-creation process. more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 237 August 27
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 237 August 27

From news of new ramen joints to escape-room-meets-cocktail-bar hybrids, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest 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

Bars
King of the Wings announces culinary collective StrEAT Easy Diner & Bar
Food & Drink

King of the Wings announces culinary collective StrEAT Easy Diner & Bar

Calling all food truck fanatics – we've got some news you'll want to sit down for. Brisbane's preeminent chicken-wing outfit King of the Wings has just announced it is spearheading a new bricks-and-mortar street-eat collective coming to Deception Bay in mid-to-late October. StrEAT Easy Diner & Bar is bringing together a bunch of the city's best under one roof, giving locals the chance to savour a variety of fare alongside a bar pouring gallons of craft beer. more

Best of Brisbane
Billykart Kitchen | Brisbane's best cafes | The Weekend Edition
Food & Drink

The round-up: Brisbane’s ten best cafes – as voted by you!

There's never been a better time to be a brunch lover or coffee craver in Brisbane. Our cafe scene is going from strength to strength, and now every suburb boasts a top-flight breakfast spot vying for the title of the city's best. It's a hard task definitively picking a top cafe, which is why we gave the task over to our readers! This year's EAT/drink Awards were some of the most hotly contested in recent memory, and the category of Brisbane's Best Cafe was naturally amongst the biggest vote getters. We've collated your votes and have assembled a list of Brisbane's ten best cafes, as decided by The Weekend Edition's readers! more

Bars
Palm Springs meets Acapulco at Fortitude Valley's Ivory Tusk
Food & Drink

Palm Springs meets Acapulco at Fortitude Valley’s Ivory Tusk

One of Fortitude Valley's popular mainstays is exchanging its rustic craft-beer bar aesthetic in favour of a colour-packed, Cali-Mex-inspired vibe. That's right – Woolly Mammoth Alehouse has undergone a shake-up, trimming away the shaggy fur and debuting with a fresh new cut as Ivory Tusk. The boozer is officially relaunching today, Thursday August 22, debuting its range of Mexican eats, a plethora of tap cocktails and lively atmosphere. more

Restaurants
An icon on the move – Mecca Bah opens at Gasworks Plaza
Food & Drink

An icon on the move – Mecca Bah opens at Gasworks Plaza

Since its inception, Mecca Bah has long been a go-to for those seeking a mix of North African and Middle Eastern cuisine. Its lengthy tenure at Fortitude Valley's Emporium precinct cemented it as a culinary institution, but even the most durable destinations are prone to a shake-up every once in a while. Earlier this year, Mecca Bah vacated its Fortitude Valley digs in favour of a fresh start as an anchor tenant of Gasworks Plaza's new dining extension. The new space quietly opened to the public last week, and already regulars are trekking to sample Mecca Bah 2.0's menu, which features all the popular favourites as well as a clutch of experimental newcomers. more


Restaurants
Rico Bar & Dining set to make its mark on Eagle Street Pier
Food & Drink

Rico Bar & Dining set to make its mark on Eagle Street Pier

Earlier this year, acclaimed fine-dining institution Aria officially shuttered after ten years of operation. After diners came to terms with the closure, much discussion has erupted over what will take over Aria's prime location at Eagle Street Pier. We can reveal that the space will soon be home to Rico Bar & Dining – a multi-faceted eatery from the crew behind George's Paragon Seafood Restaurant and Massimo Restaurant & Bar. Want to know more? Read on ... more

Casual Dining
Meat-free Mexican – El Planta takes tacos to new heights at Wandering Cooks
Food & Drink

Meat-free Mexican – El Planta takes tacos to new heights at Wandering Cooks

When it comes to culinary pop-ups, the humble taco stand is perhaps the most iconic. Street food doesn't get more beloved than this Mexican staple, so when we say one of Brisbane's best pop-up concepts hawks top-notch tacos, it's unlikely that you'll be surprised. However, there's much more to the story – El Planta at Wandering Cooks is Brisbane's first entirely plant-based Mexican concept, dishing out authentic (and addictive) flavours that are devoid of animal products. more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 236 August 20
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 236 August 20

From news of a pop-up wine bar coming to West End to a Japanese dessert concept opening this week, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest 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

Treats
Gelato goes guilt-free – Noosa's Happy Pops arrives at South Bank
Food & Drink

Gelato goes guilt-free – Noosa’s Happy Pops arrives at South Bank

We know, winter hasn't bid us farewell just yet, but as far as we're concerned gelato is good all year round. A popular Noosa concept is delivering a tantalising take on popsicles and creamy gelato to South Bank this week, as Happy Pops sets up shop on Stanley Street Plaza. In addition to its range of artisanal frozen treats (all made using natural ingredients), Happy Pops is also bringing some beachy vibes to the bustling South Bank strip. Bring on the summer vibes! more

Bars
Lupa Pizza Bar
Food & Drink

The round-up: Brisbane’s best pizza joints

No meal is as versatile as pizza – it can cater to nearly any diet and taste and is easily made at home. Meat, cheese, sauce, vegetables, meat, seafood, cheese, meat – if you can dream it, your pizza can have it. Everyone has an opinion of where the best pizza in Brisbane can be found, so instead of simply adding our two cents to the definitive conversation, we decided to compile a list of the spots that do pizza exceptionally well. Check out the list below and then have yourself a pizza party! more

Restaurants
Louis Tikaram appointed head chef of forthcoming Cantonese eatery Stanley
Food & Drink

Louis Tikaram appointed head chef of forthcoming Cantonese eatery Stanley

The burgeoning riverside hub at Howard Smith Wharves has scored another big name for its culinary offering. Australian-born chef Louis Tikaram is returning home after an acclaimed stint overseas to take on the head chef role at forthcoming Cantonese restaurant and bar Stanley. After wowing diners in West Hollywood, the former Good Food Guide’s Young Chef of the Year will be spearheading the anticipated eatery's debut offering when it opens in October. more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 235 August 13
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 235 August 13

From news of a premium gelato spot opening in South Bank to an all-in-one brew lab, roastery and barista training centre in Paddington, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest 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