Bars
Tex-Mex meets low ’n’ slow barbecue at Barbecue Mafia's taco concept South Austin
Food & Drink

Tex-Mex meets low ’n’ slow barbecue at Barbecue Mafia’s taco concept South Austin

Austin's food scene is a veritable melting pot of cuisines, though most residents will likely concede that barbecue and Tex-Mex stand out from the pack as the two most quintessentially Texan choices. Although distinct in their styles and offering, some savvy operators have melded low ’n’ slow Texas barbecue and Tex-Mex together to create a remarkable culinary fusion. It's this union that forms the inspirational crux of South Austin – the brand-new taco concept from the smoked-meat monarchs behind Barbecue Mafia. South Austin is the team's love letter to The Lone Star State, with a menu that places tender morsels atop soft tortillas to create a salivation-inducing tandem largely unseen in Brisbane. South Austin officially opens today, Thursday January 28 – here's what to expect ... more

Cafes
Hop along to Coorparoo's sunny new brunch spot Rabbit & Co.
Food & Drink

Hop along to Coorparoo’s sunny new brunch spot Rabbit & Co.

When it comes to breakfast, we love the sweet simplicity of the classics just as much as we adore the cutting-edge and new-age riffs on day starters. The Rabbit Hole Cafe's two locations have long been go-to spots for the masses to obtain the former – rustic and honest brunch winners that always seem to satisfy. Rabbit & Co., the new Coorparoo cafe from The Rabbit Hole team, is keeping the down-to-earth energy of its siblings while taking a modern approach to its menu and vibe – creating a must-try midpoint for anyone that loves the best of both worlds. more

Casual Dining
Romaine calm – Botanica's new salad and sweets spot opens in Hawthorne
Food & Drink

Romaine calm – Botanica’s new salad and sweets spot opens in Hawthorne

Over its eight-year lifespan, Botanica has grown from a cruciferous curiosity to a bona fide salad-slinging superstar. These days, Botanica's signature blue boxes are a ubiquitous sight at dinner parties, barbecues and in workplace fridges, and it's not uncommon to frequently see a line of salad seekers slithering its way out of one of Botanica's three established locations. If you regularly find yourself in one of those lines, here's some great news – Botanica is opening a brand-new outlet in Hawthorne on Monday January 25. So, if you've got a craving for Israeli couscous or are keen for some kale and croutons, this salad bar should be your first port of call. more

Food News
Rise and shine, froth fiends! Stone & Wood has released a breakfast-inspired beer
Food & Drink

Rise and shine, froth fiends! Stone & Wood has released a breakfast-inspired beer

The road to a truly magnificent beer is paved with the noblest of intentions – one must have guts, gumption and be able to laugh in the face of trial and error. Only the bold and the brave survive. For their next quest, the flavour knights at Stone & Wood were to concoct a golden nectar so delicious that it could be imbibed at the (round) breakfast table – and by gum, they’ve succeeded! Charge your goblet to The Holy Grain, the latest creative release from the Counter Culture arm of the famous Byron-born brewer. more

Food News
Banger bites – Domino's is spinning Sausage Sizzle Pizza and chuck us one pronto
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Banger bites – Domino’s is spinning Sausage Sizzle Pizza and chuck us one pronto

The Australian tradition of popping over to Bunnings on the weekend for a cheeky saus never gets old. The mix of barbecued meat, caramelised onion and your choice of sauce (we won't get into this debate now) on a beautiful base of white bread is a winning combination that we never thought could be recreated with justice. But perhaps we have judged too soon as the clever sausages at Domino's have whipped up a new doughy concoction – a Sausage Sizzle Pizza. Be still our beating hearts. more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 292 January 26
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 292 January 26

From news of a new Brisbane distillery and tasting room from a coastal spirit crew to a pop-up Peruvian cevicheria by the flavour pimps at Mongrel, 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


Bars
The round-up: what's open on the January 26 public holiday
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The round-up: what’s open on the January 26 public holiday

We’re just going to put it right out there – there are many things we want to celebrate about Australia (especially after such a difficult start to 2020), but January 26 doesn’t represent an inclusive day for everyone. The Weekend Edition team fully supports changing the date of Australia Day to a day that every Australian can enjoy, bringing us together in a celebration of the mateship, unity and multiculturalism that make our country great. We hope that this change will take place in the not too distant future, but until then we kindly ask that you remember to take a moment this weekend to acknowledge the significance of this date for Indigenous Australians, the Traditional Owners of the land. Several eateries will be operating on the public holiday – here's a handy list to help you plan your day ahead of time. If you care to use your public holiday to get a better… more

Cafes
Helensvale's Bear Boy Espresso opens a new cafe at Windsor's Colwill Place
Food & Drink

Helensvale’s Bear Boy Espresso opens a new cafe at Windsor’s Colwill Place

Question – what kind of bear is best? The correct answer is a friendly one that dispenses specialty coffee and mouth-watering brunch eats. Such a thing doesn't exist, you say? False. Bear Boy Espresso at Colwill Place does exactly that. After clocking up acclaim with its first cafe on the Gold Coast, the Bear Boy crew has brought its special brand of hospitality north. This newcomer is matching style with substance in the most delicious way possible. Read on to get to know this grizzly grub spot! more

Cafes
Double-barrel deliciousness – brunch institution The Gunshop Cafe opens a second eatery in Toowong
Food & Drink

Double-barrel deliciousness – brunch institution The Gunshop Cafe opens a second eatery in Toowong

Few cafes in Brisbane’s dining scene boast as sterling a reputation as The Gunshop Cafe. The West End-born eatery is a veritable culinary institution (we’re not kidding – it won Best Institution Cafe in 2018’s EAT/drink Awards) and continues to be a popular fixture of the local brunch circuit. After a decade and a half of operation, the long-running cafe is spreading its wings, opening a second location just a short stroll from Toowong Village. Same comfortably rustic interior? Check. Same delightfully delicious coffee? Double check. Same mouth-watering potato-and-fetta hash cakes? Triple check! more

Restaurants
Return of the snack – pasta and spuntino favourite COPPA reopens on Eagle Street
Food & Drink

Return of the snack – pasta and spuntino favourite COPPA reopens on Eagle Street

In the midst of chaos that consumed us all in March 2020, Brisbane City's beloved negroni-slinging, pizzetta-dispensing and spuntino-hawking bar and eatery COPPA closed the doors of its Creek Street locale. While we mourned what we assumed was a casualty of COVID, the COPPA crew was quietly biding its time until things settled before rising like a phoenix once more. The team emerged from hibernation in late 2020 to announce its surprise relocation to Eagle Street Pier, a move that saw it take over the space formerly home to Il Centro. COPPA 2.0 opened on Thursday January 14 after a whirlwind of activity, showing off a slick coastal-Italian aesthetic as well as a menu of delectable fare and a drinks list featuring negroni slushies, spritzes and, of course, plenty of wine. Take a look inside ... more

Bars
Range Brewing | Brisbane's best craft-beer breweries
Food & Drink

The round-up: Brisbane’s best craft-beer brewery crawls to embark on

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably noticed a surge in craft-beer breweries opening around Brisbane. Over the past three to four years, Brisbane has seen a huge influx of froth-soaked newcomers, with loads of independent brewers opening tipple temples to great acclaim. There’s never been a better time to be a beer fan in Brisbane, so if you’re keen to tick a few names off this summer, we’ve assembled a list of Brisbane's best craft-beer brewery crawls to give you a sample of the plethora of Brisbane's top-notch breweries. more

Bars
First look – the La Costa and Cielo crew open Fortitude Valley wine bar La Valle
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First look – the La Costa and Cielo crew open Fortitude Valley wine bar La Valle

December 2020's blockbuster double-header arrival of La Costa Bar and Cielo Rooftop Bar finished a tough year on a resounding high note. A collaborative effort of Eterna and Salt Meats Cheese head honchos Stefano di Blasi and Edoardo Perlo, and Stefano Catino, Vince Lombardo and Andrea Gualdi of lauded Sydney bar Maybe Sammy, the transformation of Foresters Hall was touted from the outset as a multi-stage overhaul. Today, Friday January 15, marks the completion of the group's next phase. La Valle is La Costa and Cielo's wine bar and bottle-shop sibling – a corking and colourful homage to Italian apertivo bars boasting an impeccable selection of wines, pre-made cocktails and bar snacks. more

Food News
Just add orange – Aperol Spritz has released a ready-to-drink bottled cocktail
Food & Drink

Just add orange – Aperol Spritz has released a ready-to-drink bottled cocktail

You've assembled the charcuterie board, found a spot in the shade and you're ready to watch the sun slowly fall behind the mountains – this is livin', Barry! But wait – you've forgotten to pour yourself a drink. Not to worry old sport, because the tipple-loving team at Aperol Spritz has got you covered and have taken the hassle out of happy hour by bottling your favourite cocktail. Introducing Aperol Spritz Ready to Serve bottles. more

Food News
Smash a spoon into Gelato Messina's extra-lickable Iced Vovo tubs
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Smash a spoon into Gelato Messina’s extra-lickable Iced Vovo tubs

Since 1906, Australians have paired tea-time with the treasured pink-fondant-topped treat otherwise known as Iced Vovos. With its unshakeable status as a pantry staple more than 100 years strong, we struggle to imagine what could possibly make this sweet snack even better. Thankfully, the clever creatives at Gelato Messina have put on their thinking caps and have done the hard yards for us – working their magic to churn together a gelato flavour that is inspired by Arnott's iconic biscuit. The raspberry on top? You can order a tub for yourself right now. more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 291 January 19
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 291 January 19

From news of a new Italian restaurant and aperitivo bar for James Street to a degustation-style eatery's relocation to New Farm, 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

Bars
Looking forward – our most anticipated restaurant, bar and cafe openings for 2021
Food & Drink

Looking forward – our most anticipated restaurant, bar and cafe openings for 2021

Look, we know it's not going to be particularly hard for this year to be better than 2020, but 2021 is already shaping up to be a benchmark year for Brisbane's food and drink scene. Over the past few months, we've heard whispers of several noteworthy arrivals that will ensure 2021 is a year to remember. From world-renowned croissanteries to new concepts from established local powerhouses, here are some of the restaurant, bar and cafe openings to get excited about this year. more

Bakeries
Devour picture-perfect pastries and dreamy doughnuts at Bulimba's Darvella Patisserie
Food & Drink

Devour picture-perfect pastries and dreamy doughnuts at Bulimba’s Darvella Patisserie

If we had enough pull to influence the writing of the history books, we'd emphasise the role sweet treats and baked goods had on getting us through 2020. When lockdowns made us crazy, croissants helped. When restrictions had us down in the dumps, we turned to doughnuts. Even though a new year has started, we're not expecting our dependence on carbs to lessen, which is good, because newly opened Bulimba bakery and patisserie Darvella has some treats that are too irresistible to ignore. This European-inspired dispensary is slinging gooey Nutella-filled doughnuts, Swiss-chocolate infused croissants and heavenly cakes by the score. Read on to see why this arrival is the perfect sweet start to 2021 ... more