Bars
Frothin' the suburbs – Ballistic Beer Co. opens a new alehouse and brewery in Springfield Central
Food & Drink

Frothin’ the suburbs – Ballistic Beer Co. opens a new alehouse and brewery in Springfield Central

Of Brisbane's craft-beer boom, few upstart brewing operations have gained as loyal a following as Ballistic Beer Co. With its Salisbury brewery and bar and West End alehouse and kitchen in its portfolio, Ballistic has established itself as a local fave, but a third outpost is about to cement the brew crew as one of Brisbane's elite. Today, Wednesday October 23, marks the official opening of Ballistic Beer Co.'s new 350-seat eatery, bar and brewery in Springfield Central. Part haven for craft beer-starved drinkers, part welcoming community hub for all, Ballistic Beer Co. is shaping up to be the perfect addition to Brisbane's blossoming western corridor. more

Bakeries
King Street Bakery | Brisbane's best bakeries
Food & Drink

The round-up: Brisbane’s best bakeries

Let's be real for a spell – is there anything as pure and good as a freshly baked loaf of bread? We think not. If we are being completely honest with ourselves, a simple artisan-baked sourdough or baguette is enough to put a smile on our face, but place us in front of a cabinet filled with flaky croissants, picture-perfect pastries, tantalising tarts and dreamy doughnuts, and we're overcome with joy. Brisbane boasts a bevy of fantastic bakeries – each stocked with a salivation-worthy selection of goodies. Want to know who we consider to be some of the city's best? Read on ... more

Bars
Dessert depot Cowch unveils its brand-new Chermside digs
Food & Drink

Dessert depot Cowch unveils its brand-new Chermside digs

When we think of Cowch, our brains hum with salivation-inducing visuals of ice-cream sundaes, decadent super shakes and piles of pancakes soaked in maple syrup. Folks have been flocking from far and wide to the brand's South Bank flagship for their sweet-treat fix for years, but now those venturing from the northside can cut their Cowch commute drastically. Last week, Cowch opened its second Brisbane-based dessert bar at Westfield Chermside, unveiling a pastel-hued temple for crepe cravers, ice-cream addicts and fro-yo fanatics to worship all things sweet. more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 245 October 22
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 245 October 22

From news of South City Square's new nighttime hang to details on Lord of the Fries' first Brisbane location, 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
The Tinsel Bar brings Push Pops, party pies and pop rocks to South Brisbane
Food & Drink

The Tinsel Bar brings Push Pops, party pies and pop rocks to South Brisbane

It's hard to pinpoint the exact moment when we moved from childhood to adulthood, but for most of us, there came a time where we forwent fairy bread, pop rocks and party pies for more grown-up sustenance and never looked back. Sure, too much Wizz Fizz isn't exactly a healthy dietary choice, but who said we had to leave our childhood favourites in the past forever? Brisbane's queen of craft Rachel Burke is a big believer in staying young at heart, and is giving locals a space to do just that with The Tinsel Bar, which opens in South Brisbane this Friday October 18. more

Restaurants
Gnocch gnocch, who's there – Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers arrives in South Bank
Food & Drink

Gnocch gnocch, who’s there – Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers arrives in South Bank

When Ben Corradini and Theodor Roduner first opened the doors of their Paddington gnoccheria Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers, they couldn't have anticipated the frenzy that its arrival would cause. Since launching in 2016, there's been nary a moment of quiet – folks still can't get enough of these pillowy mounds of moulded potato. If you're one of many that has made the pilgrimage to Paddington to score a serve of lovingly cooked gnocchi (or have lamented living outside of its delivery radius), then here's some news that'll gnocch you over. Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers has opened a new location in South Bank! Expect a menu filled with the same mouth-watering gnocchi, as well as some new tasty eats and drinks, and – maybe most importantly – heaps of seating! more

Casual Dining
The boys are back – Charboys Burgers shows off its new Bulimba eatery
Food & Drink

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


Best of Brisbane
Little Valley | Brisbane's best new restaurants
Food & Drink

The round-up: Brisbane’s best new restaurants as voted by you

We’re the first to admit it – Brisbane is absolutely brimming with innovative minds that are willing to take a chance in the often-fickle world of hospitality. Our dining scene continues to go from strength to strength thanks to the creative culinary wizards choosing to put their passions on a plate – and as a result, we have a kick-ass roster of amazing restaurants that have opened in the past 12 months. Naming the best would be an impossible task – so that’s why we left it up to you, our trusted readers, during our most recent EAT/drink Awards . You all have great taste – here are the spots you chose as the ten best new restaurants in Brisbane. more

Bars
Don your sombrero – Tex-Mex eatery El Camino Cantina opens in Chermside
Food & Drink

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

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 244 October 15
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 244 October 15

From news of a brand-new neighbourhood bar from the Billykart crew to a late-night hideaway for The City, 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
Rico Bar & Dining brings Spanish and South American vibes to Eagle Street Pier
Food & Drink

Rico Bar & Dining brings Spanish and South American vibes to Eagle Street Pier

Aria's surprise closure earlier this year left a sizeable hole in Eagle Street Pier's dining array, but come Friday the precinct will officially welcome a new operator – one giving the storied tenancy a South American-inspired shake-up. Rico Bar & Dining is the name of the new eatery and nightspot, gamely stepping into the Aria-shaped void and reinvigorating the far end of the pier with a cross-section of culinary delights. more

Cafes
Fresh new digs, same killer ethos – Pablo returns to New Farm
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Fresh new digs, same killer ethos – Pablo returns to New Farm

When Amy and Michael Bates sold their beloved cafe Pablo to new owners in 2016, it wasn't long before they found themselves sorely missing their charming New Farm eatery. If you have been nursing a Pablo-sized hole in your heart as well, then we have some good news for you. Pablo is back, baby! Amy and Michael have teamed up with long-time customer and friend Angela White to bring the cafe back to the peninsula in a new location on the corner of James Street and Merthyr Road. Fans of Pablo's personable service, comfortable atmosphere and phenomenal brunch menu will find plenty to like, as well as some new elements that'll excite. more

Cafes
The Black Lab Coffee Co. opens grab-and-go specialty brew nook Blackout in Paddington
Food & Drink

The Black Lab Coffee Co. opens grab-and-go specialty brew nook Blackout in Paddington

As Brisbane's coffee scene flourishes, our tastes become more advanced. While the flat white will remain a staple of our caffeine consumption, the demand for brews concocted using specialty methods is increasing. Cafes all over town are dabbling in drip, flirting with filter and boldly experimenting with batch coffee, but only a few spots offer these methods as a grab-and-go option. Boutique roasting outfit The Black Lab Coffee Co. has opened a brand-new hole-in-the-wall coffee bar and training centre in the heart of Paddington, pouring a mixture of espresso-based and specialty drops to caffeine-deprived locals. more

Best of Brisbane
Baja | Brisbane's Best Mexican
Food & Drink

Tacos, taquitos and tostadas – where to find the best Mexican food in Brisbane

When it comes to world cuisine, we have a lot to thank the country of Mexico for. While a lot of us are no strangers to a humble burrito, true Mexican food enthusiasts know there is so much more to it – fresh flavours, crisp textures and simple recipes are what make an authentic Mexican dish truly great. Other countries have also borrowed from Mexico’s rich and vibrant culinary culture to create food fusions that we could only dream of – so whether you’re a purist when it comes to your pozole or you don’t mind a bit of Tex-Mex action, Brisbane has got you covered. We’ve rounded the best spots to get your Mexican food fix in Brisbane – let’s taco ‘bout it. more

Cafes
Roma Street Parklands welcomes lush brunch hub The Garden Room
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Roma Street Parklands welcomes lush brunch hub The Garden Room

The lush and manicured lawns of Roma Street's parkland precinct is often the site of barbecues, sun-soaked picnics and family outings – a veritable hub for wholesome activity throughout the week. For many years, the Roma Street Parklands Cafe has stood in the heart of it all, but as time has progressed, the venue has gradually became an outdated eatery in need of some TLC. Earlier this year a council tender process yielded a new operator and vision for the hotspot, which has been transformed and reopened as The Garden Room. With a brand-new design saturated in lush greenery, The Garden Room is an eye-catching addition to the parkland's array of amenities, with something on offer for park wanderers of all kinds. more

Restaurants
The round-up: saddle up for race-day fun at Brisbane's best Melbourne Cup soirees
Food & Drink

The round-up: saddle up for race-day fun at Brisbane’s best Melbourne Cup soirees

We’re fast approaching that time of year where office sweeps heat up and trifectas are being calculated ahead of the race that stops the nation. The Melbourne Cup is galloping towards us at a frightening pace, which means pretty soon you’ll need to decide where you’ll be when the starting gates open and the action begins. We’ve compiled a handy list of spots that will not only offer glimpses of the action, but also plenty of race-day treats to keep you entertained after the results come in. more