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Rita's Burgers brings big buns and good times to Cabarita
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Rita’s Burgers brings big buns and good times to Cabarita

We like big burgers and we cannot lie. If you too are partial to wrapping your mitts around a big, beautiful burger and are powerless to resist the unmistakeable crunch of fried-chicken, do yourself a favour and make haste to Rita's Burgers in Cabarita. Nestled next door to Nectar Juice House and across from Fuel Bakehouse, Rita's is all about those soft buns, juicy patties and good times. more

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Sip sake and feast on fine fare at Beun Modern Japanese in Mermaid Waters
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Sip sake and feast on fine fare at Beun Modern Japanese in Mermaid Waters

Next door to a a 7-Eleven and a petrol station may not be the first location that springs to mind when you think of fine dining, but that's precisely what makes Beun Modern Japanese a little bit different from the norm. The quaint venue quietly opened its doors earlier this year and is dishing up an unexpected combination of tastes, techniques and flavours from around the world – a nod to chef Yusuke Ito's diverse culinary experience. more

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The round-up: fire up your belly with some of the Gold Coast's best Indian restaurants
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The round-up: fire up your belly with some of the Gold Coast’s best Indian restaurants

You just can't beat that overwhelming sense of satisfaction that comes with ripping apart some garlicky naan and dunking it into a deliciously creamy butter chicken from your local Indian restaurant. Are we right? You know we are. Whether you can handle the heat, or prefer to enjoy the more subtle flavours, there are plenty of delicious Indian joints that will suit your tastes. We've put together a handy list of some of the Gold Coast's best Indian restaurants that will really ignite the fire in your belly. more

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Palm Beach coffee slinger Espresso Moto makes tracks to Mermaid Waters
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Palm Beach coffee slinger Espresso Moto makes tracks to Mermaid Waters

It's been a red-hot minute since the caffeine-loving populace first gazed upon Espresso Moto in Palm Beach – six long years in fact (time flies when you're having fun!). Rather than rest on their laurels with one thriving caffeine dispensary, owner Jordan Stubbs alongside manager Rachael Cole and chef Leevai Smythe have hit the road to spread the love a little further north. more

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Seafood, steaks and superyachts – Ladybird's new waterfront Main Beach abode
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Seafood, steaks and superyachts – Ladybird’s new waterfront Main Beach abode

Allow us to set the scene ... the sun is shining, there's a gentle breeze caressing your face and the water lapping beneath you is providing a mesmerising soundtrack. The frozen cocktails offer sweet (delicious) relief from the balmy summer's day. You and yours slurp back some delightfully fresh oysters before feasting your way through a myriad of Asian-inspired bites, bringing your meal to a fitting end with the chocolate and cheese plate for two. If this sounds like a dream you would like to experience, we have some excellent news – Ladybird has flown into a new home at the waterfront end of Palazzo Versace. more

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Finger-lickin' good – get acquainted with Southport's new fried-chicken joint
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Finger-lickin’ good – get acquainted with Southport’s new fried-chicken joint

When it comes to fried chicken, there tends to be two kinds of people – those that could take it or leave it and those that wholeheartedly believe it to be a transcendent culinary experience. We'll just come right out and say that we are firmly in the latter category, which could explain why we are so excited about Southport's new fried-chicken slinger, 2 Bros. It officially opens this Saturday February 6 and here's everything you need to know about this naughty newcomer ... more

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BOBs Beer has arrived in Surfers Paradise so go ahead and rally your brew crew
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BOBs Beer has arrived in Surfers Paradise so go ahead and rally your brew crew

Heads up, froth fiends! There's a new brewhouse and restaurant in town and it's set to become a seriously hot contender for Friday-arvo drinks, post-surf feeds and boozy catch-ups of all kinds. BOBs Beer, an acronym for Best Of Beers, has opened its doors in Surfers Paradise to bring you ice-cold brews, a seasonal menu of top-notch nosh and a seriously impressive fit-out. If you're keen to get acquainted with BOB, read on ... more

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Seafood, salumi and sensational sips – Sofia's brings a taste of coastal Europe to Broadbeach
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Seafood, salumi and sensational sips – Sofia’s brings a taste of coastal Europe to Broadbeach

When Burleigh's culinary institution The Fish House served its last Patagonian toothfish (it's still too soon to talk about the chocolate fondant dessert), seafood-loving locals felt a collective sense of longing for top-notch seafood by the beach. Thankfully, The Fish House's celebrated head chef Damien Styles has resurfaced to take the helm at Sofia's Restaurant & Bar in Broadbeach. European summers may still be a distant dream however this pretty newcomer is here to satisfy your craving for simple, fresh seafood and salumi. more


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Matteo's brings Italian bites, pizza and vino to Clear Island Waters
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Matteo’s brings Italian bites, pizza and vino to Clear Island Waters

By definition, a trattoria is an Italian-style eating establishment that is much less formal than a ristorante, but more formal than an osteria, and that's precisely what you'll find in Matteo's – the new pizza and wine bar in Clear Island Waters. The quaint pizzeria quietly opened its doors before Christmas, serving up woodfired delights with a splash of homestyle charm from an unassuming daytime precinct on Santa Cruz Boulevard. The response from locals has been so good, the 70-seat venue is booked to capacity almost nightly. Go ahead and ready your stretchy pants, because here's everything you need to know about this pretty (and popular) newcomer ... more

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Mr Kojima on Chevron Island delivers a modern take on traditional Japanese fare
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Mr Kojima on Chevron Island delivers a modern take on traditional Japanese fare

The once bustling strip of Chevron Island has been a bit quiet in this crazy post-Covid landscape, but a spicy new tenant has arrived to breathe some much-needed life into the suburb's dining scene. Mr Kojima opened quietly before Christmas and has won over the locals with its delightfully modern take on traditional Japanese fare. Here's everything you need to know about this tasty newcomer ... more

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Punk-rock nonnas, pillowy pasta and sensational sips – say ciao to Cross Eyed Mary
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Punk-rock nonnas, pillowy pasta and sensational sips – say ciao to Cross Eyed Mary

Named after the Jethro Tull song of the same name (What. A. Vibe.), Cross Eyed Mary has transformed the hole-in-the-wall space formerly occupied by Tasca on Coolangatta's Griffith Street into a charming pasta-and-wine bar that is modernising tradition with good, honest fare, craft cocktails and some seriously impressive sips of vino. The dark and moody interior has been given a fresh lick of paint to feature a white weatherboard exterior and welcoming terracotta-and-white interior that imbues a real 'summer in Tuscany' vibe. Whilst she may be small in stature, Cross Eyed Mary is here to leave a big impression ... 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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Sip spritzes and hot-pink margs at Nobbys' new Mediterranean-inspired rooftop bar
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Sip spritzes and hot-pink margs at Nobbys’ new Mediterranean-inspired rooftop bar

Ever since Little Beans days of old, the Nobby's strip has been a popular place for daytime sips, sundowners and, dare we say, a little revelry come nightfall. Friends and fellow merrymakers, there's a brand new rooftop bar in the hood and it's here to kick the party up a notch (or ten) just in time for the holidays. It's called Split and here's what you need to know ... more

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Munch on a mighty mac’n’cheese burger and crispy fried chicken at the all-new Pattysmiths Miami
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Munch on a mighty mac’n’cheese burger and crispy fried chicken at the all-new Pattysmiths Miami

Sorry in advance to everyone who has visions of getting a head-start on those recurring 'clean eating' New Year's resolutions because Melbourne-born burger bar Pattysmiths is continuing to expand its footprint, this time firing up the grills at its fourth Gold Coast location in the beachside suburb of Miami. The new eatery is officially open and here are all the juicy details ...  more

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Roll in to Little Cooly for pizza, pasta and a pinot overlooking the ocean
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Roll in to Little Cooly for pizza, pasta and a pinot overlooking the ocean

Just as we were about to write 2020 off completely, a new pizza and pasta bar has opened at The Strand in Coolangatta and it's here to lure you into a blissful state of carb-induced happiness with perfectly crisp pizzas, pillowy pasta and signature sips overlooking the ocean. Little Cooly, perched on level one, is an ode to all things local with dishes named after recognisable icons and suburbs and locally sourced produce. Here's what we know about this cruisy new local. more

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La Bella Cellar brings a bounty of cheese, wine and crafted cocktails to Burleigh Heads
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La Bella Cellar brings a bounty of cheese, wine and crafted cocktails to Burleigh Heads

With no obvious signage to speak of except for two tiny initials hovering overhead and one lonely cactus, whispers about the strikingly beautiful white-washed facade on Deodar Drive in Burleigh Heads have been circling for weeks. Well, friends, wonder no more – we can finally reveal the pretty new restaurant and bar is called La Bella Cellar and it officially opens today (Saturday December 12). Here's everything you need to know about this dreamy newcomer ... more

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Rally the crew – Miami has a new brewpub and restaurant by the name of Precinct Brewing Co.
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Rally the crew – Miami has a new brewpub and restaurant by the name of Precinct Brewing Co.

The Gold Coast's craft-beer scene is hotter than the surface of the sun right now with new watering holes popping up all over this fine city and beyond. If you've made it your personal summer mission to try them all (perhaps not all in one day), there's a brand-spanking-new brewpub that is set to skyrocket to the top of your must-try list. It's called Precinct Brewing Co. and it's hidden in plain sight on Christine Avenue in Miami. The eagerly anticipated beer dispensary rolled up its doors on the weekend to welcome the very first wave of froth fiends. Here’s what you need to know … more

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The Gold Coast is set to welcome Australia's largest luxe poolside entertainment precinct
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The Gold Coast is set to welcome Australia’s largest luxe poolside entertainment precinct

If you've ever spent time partying poolside in Las Vegas or sipping cocktails at any number of the day clubs scattered around the Greek Islands and Ibiza, it's highly likely you've lamented the lack of something similar at home. Well, friends, we have some very exciting news. The Gold Coast is set to welcome Australia's largest (and most luxurious) day and nighttime entertainment precinct early next year. The impressive new venue will be called Cali Beach Club and here's what we know so far ... more

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Sink your teeth into some Greek goodness at The Yiros Shop in Burleigh Heads
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Sink your teeth into some Greek goodness at The Yiros Shop in Burleigh Heads

Regardless of whether you know them as gyros or yiros, one thing that isn’t up for debate is how deeply satisfying it is sinking your teeth into the pillowy pita and the salivation-worthy slow-cooked meat and fat chips stuffed inside. Well, Greek-loving Gold Coasters, we have some exciting news – Brisbane's The Yiros Shop has made its way down the M1 to open its first flagship location in Burleigh Heads. Here's what's on offer ... more