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Pretty Handsome brings cheap eats and dive-bar vibes to Burleigh Heads
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Pretty Handsome brings cheap eats and dive-bar vibes to Burleigh Heads

As a general rule, anywhere that slings a quality burger and fries for $10 has our complete and undivided attention. Even more so if it happens to serve bloody Marys topped with crispy bacon and have posters of Biggie Smalls sitting pretty next to Nirvana and Slayer. If that sounds like your kind of vibe and you fancy a meal that doesn't cost a kidney, pull up a seat at Pretty Handsome. Formerly a takeaway joint on the corner of Christine Avenue and Lemana Lane in Burleigh Heads, the quaint coffee nook has expanded to the shop next door to deliver a cafe-by-day and dive-bar-by-night. more

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Naughty but nice – Lovechild Kitchen + Bar brings plant-based burgers and faux fried chicken to Mermaid Beach
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Naughty but nice – Lovechild Kitchen + Bar brings plant-based burgers and faux fried chicken to Mermaid Beach

Let's be honest, the term 'plant based' probably conjures up images of healthy salads featuring various shades of green rather than burgers, loaded fries, tenders and crispy-fried wings. If the latter has your mouth watering, Lovechild Kitchen + Bar is here to satisfy your craving with plant-based eats that are a little bit naughty but oh-so-good. The new eatery is nestled in the same Gold Coast Highway-fronting complex as Poké Poké, Goccia Italian and Background (Barista), so it's in good company. more

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The year in review: 2020’s biggest openings
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The year in review: 2020’s biggest openings

Wowee. What a year. We all went through it, there's no need to remind you. What we care to focus on are the positives. Despite 2020 being the most difficult year ever for our hospitality friends, our fine city was still blessed with some phenomenal new cafe, restaurant and bar openings – a feat that should be celebrated. So while many of us are trying to forget most of the year that was, we're excited to look back on the hospitality heroes that made this year one to remember ... at least for our tastebuds. more

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The owners of Fig & Frankie's open leafy new Burleigh brunch haven Common Ground
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The owners of Fig & Frankie’s open leafy new Burleigh brunch haven Common Ground

Way back in early March, we gave you a hot tip-off that the former Burleigh Co-Op site (the original Burleigh Social premises, up from Paddock Bakery) would soon be home to a leafy new brunch spot called Common Ground. Well, 'soon' it was not. COVID reared its ugly head and pushed the opening back a few months but here we are, in July, finally bringing you the thrilling news that Common Ground is officially open! more

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Top-notch brews, easy eats and kind people – get your daily dose at new Palm Beach local Watson Bloom
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Top-notch brews, easy eats and kind people – get your daily dose at new Palm Beach local Watson Bloom

While this (temporary) world of self isolation, virtual catch ups, not touching our faces and 1.5-metre gaps sure is pure craziness, there has been one constant amid the chaos – coffee. Like a warm hug, that morning hit of caffeine has certainly helped to keep us all somewhat sane during these less-than-ideal times – and now southern locals have even more of that sweet jitter juice within reach thanks to the new kid on the Palm Beach block, Watson Bloom. more

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Southport sipping spot Mr PP's launches a new daytime sandwich bar, deli and coffee concept
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Southport sipping spot Mr PP’s launches a new daytime sandwich bar, deli and coffee concept

Sandwiches are the most underrated of menu items. There, we said it. For far too long, the humble sanga has been sitting on the sidelines, while spotlight-stealers like burgers and tacos take centre stage – but the team at Mr PP's in Southport is determined to catapult sandwiches back into the limelight (where they belong) with its new dedicated sandwich bar, deli and coffee dispensary. more


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Northern newbie Bear Boy Espresso arrives in Helensvale with specialty brews and top-notch nosh
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Northern newbie Bear Boy Espresso arrives in Helensvale with specialty brews and top-notch nosh

In terms of new cafes (and restaurants, for that matter) much of the activity generally gravitates down the southern end of the Gold Coast. So, when we hear about new arrivals up north, we jump at the chance to share the news with you guys. Allow us to introduce you to Bear Boy Espresso, a sleek new daytime hang that has recently opened on Hope Island Road in Helensvale, just a stones throw from the M1. more

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Enjoy nourishing nosh at colourful new Paradise Point arrival Plant Based Cafe
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Enjoy nourishing nosh at colourful new Paradise Point arrival Plant Based Cafe

The plant-based-food movement is continuing to gather steam across the Gold Coast – and it's not just dedicated vegans adding to the rise. More and more carnivores are exploring the realms of plant-based eating. They aren't fully taking the leap, but they are curious and willing to try something different. It's the little things – like a staunch meat eater ordering jackfruit on a taco instead of pulled pork – that are slowly closing the gap between non-vegans and vegans, and it's also creating an even wider market for dedicated plant-based eateries – like Paradise Point's brand-new (and aptly named) Plant Based Cafe – to flourish. more

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The Bam Bam crew unveil new creekside bakehouse Custard Canteen
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The Bam Bam crew unveil new creekside bakehouse Custard Canteen

Long, salty, sun-kissed days at Tallebudgera Creek just got a whole lot sweeter – Custard Canteen is finally here! The highly anticipated waterside bakehouse and cafe, which enjoys prime position at the front of the Tallebudgera Leisure Centre, is the latest venue from the dream team that brought us Bam Bam Bakehouse in Mermaid Beach and Cubby in Chinderah. more

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The round-up: enjoy guilt-free eats at these healthy Gold Coast cafes
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The round-up: enjoy guilt-free eats at these healthy Gold Coast cafes

Look, we're all for optimism and chasing goals, but we still want to be able to go out for lunch with friends and have breakfast with the crew because, well, that's how we roll. If you too like to socialise over food, but also want to uphold your (new year, new me) healthy-eating crusade, then we've got you. Here are a bunch of top spots for healthy eats on the Gold Coast. more

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Former Society of Florida site home to new eatery Sandrino Kitchen & Bar
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Former Society of Florida site home to new eatery Sandrino Kitchen & Bar

Florida Gardens – the island pocket within Broadbeach Waters – has welcomed a new neighbourhood hub. What was originally the site of Society of Florida cafe (and most recently the Trembling Cup) has fallen into the hands of local duo Nenad Miljkovic and Sandra Ostojic, who quietly opened the doors to their first cafe venture Sandrino Kitchen & Bar earlier this month. more

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The round-up: the Gold Coast's ten best cafes, as voted by you
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The round-up: the Gold Coast’s ten best cafes, as voted by you

Earlier this year, we put out the call for our readers to nominate their favourite places for the Gold Coast EAT/drink Awards. One tasty category was Best Cafe – which attracted a record number of votes. We've already announced the winners, but now it's time to reveal the top ten. So, friends, here it is – the Gold Coast's ten best cafes, as voted by you! more

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The round-up: the Gold Coast's best breakfast spots, as voted by you!
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The round-up: the Gold Coast’s best breakfast spots, as voted by you!

It's been drilled into us since we were young – breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, you don't have to tell us twice, because we're all for kick-starting our daily adventures with a hearty meal. As part of the EAT/drink Awards 2019, we put the call out to the fine people of the Gold Coast to nominate and vote for the places where you (and your stomach) reckon serves the city's best breakfast. So, here it is – the Gold Coast's best breakfast spots, as voted by you. more