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Brews, bites and good vibes abound at The Ranchero – the new home of Morena Espresso
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Brews, bites and good vibes abound at The Ranchero – the new home of Morena Espresso

If you're a Gold Coast local with a penchant for live music, it's pretty likely that you've found yourself grooving away at Mo's Desert Clubhouse on more than a couple of late-night occasions. The Burleigh Heads-based live music locale serves up myriad events each weekend, from vintage markets to local music shows and even the occasional wedding, all with Mo's signature rainbow flair. Well, now it is also host to an equally colour-drenched Gold Coast venue, Morena Espresso's newest outpost. Say hello to Morena at Mo's! more

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Stick a fork into thrice-cooked potato at Varsity's new Street Food Cartel
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Stick a fork into thrice-cooked potato at Varsity’s new Street Food Cartel

We’re pretty fond of potatoes in all of their different configurations – mashed, roasted and our personal favourite, in chip form. If you too have a penchant for the pillowy parcels, then you need to know about Street Food Cartel in Varsity Lakes. The cafe is combining all three into one glorious creation called the Loaded C.P.S, or Crunch Potato Squares. The thrice-cooked cubes are topped with seasoned ground beef, pulled chipotle pork or veg, and drenched in smoky barbecue sauce. If your mouth is watering, you need to seek out Street Food Cartel, stat. more

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Roll in for a post-surf feed at Burleigh's brand-new Freddy's Chicken Shop
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Roll in for a post-surf feed at Burleigh’s brand-new Freddy’s Chicken Shop

There's something inherently romantic about taking something from yesteryear and reinventing it for an entirely new generation to fall in love with all over again. This is certainly the case for Freddy's Chicken Shop, the brand-new eatery perched on the corner of James and Connor Street in Burleigh Heads. The former realty office has been transformed into a light and bright eatery that throws a nostalgic nod to the site's original incarnation as a bustling corner store. Freddy's Chicken Shop is an ode to the old-school milk bars of the 1970s with a particular emphasis on chicken, obviously. more

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Wine and cheese – yes please! Wrap your mitts around a gourmet toastie from Mermaid's newbie Cheese Me Baby
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Wine and cheese – yes please! Wrap your mitts around a gourmet toastie from Mermaid’s newbie Cheese Me Baby

A mantra we Gold Coasters tend to live by, particularly as we head towards the steamy months, is that happiness is best served melted. And that's precisely what you'll find at Cheese Me Baby in Mermaid Beach – gooey, melty happiness in sandwich form. Sitting pretty on the corner of the Gold Coast Highway and Tamborine Street, in the same complex that also houses Poké Poké, Goccia Italian and Som Tam Gai, the converted container kitchen has transformed a previously underutilised grassy knoll into a vibin' coffee slinger. Let's be honest, they had us at wine and cheese but there's plenty more to love about this nifty newcomer ...  more

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Satisfy your sweet tooth with a Croffle from Southport's Croffee
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Satisfy your sweet tooth with a Croffle from Southport’s Croffee

Cronuts and cruffins, take a seat. Fellow sugar fiends, may we present the Croffle –  a glorious croissant/waffle hybrid that is guaranteed to spark joy. The decadent dessert or sometimes savoury snack starts with a base of buttery croissant dough before being cooked to crisp, golden perfection in a waffle iron and adorned with your choice of toppings. It's happiness, plain and simple.  more

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Say ciao to Al Chiosco, a little slice of Italy in Kingscliff
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Say ciao to Al Chiosco, a little slice of Italy in Kingscliff

There's something special about Italian food. Often served from a no-fuss establishment and created using traditional methods passed down over generations, there's a reason the fare is so loved across the world. Inspired by these hole-in-the-wall-style servers of unbeatable pizza is newcomer Al Chiosco. Opening only a couple of weeks ago to crowds of people lining Kingscliff’s Ocean Avenue to get a taste of the perfect slice, Al Chiosco translates to ‘little kiosk’ – referring to the small in space, but big on personality pizza purveyor. more


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Get the scoop on Sanctuary Cove's new frozen dessert den Rosé Gelateria
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Get the scoop on Sanctuary Cove’s new frozen dessert den Rosé Gelateria

Just because winter has set in doesn't mean we suddenly stop craving cones overflowing with deliciously creamy gelato – no siree. If you too are fond of frozen treats all year round, say ciao to Sanctuary Cove's newest sweet-treat dispensary, Rosé Gelateria. With dreamy rose-hued French-washed walls juxtaposed against crisp white bench seating, brushed-gold accents and plush velvet cushions, the space is awe-inspiringly beautiful. Aesthetics aside, we all know it’s what’s inside that counts and trust us when we say – this place is the goods. Here's the scoop on this pretty and tasty newcomer ... more

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Bun Lee brings banh mi, bao buns and cold-brew coffee to Burleigh Heads
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Bun Lee brings banh mi, bao buns and cold-brew coffee to Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Heads is a melting pot of global flavours with fare from all around the world represented within the beachside hub. The latest to take up residence within the bustling James Street strip is Bun Lee Bun + Brew – a light and bright takeaway nook that is dedicated to beautifully fresh banh mi, baos and cold-brew coffee. Here's everything you need to know about this small but mighty newcomer ... more

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Easter feaster – dial up the decadence this year with QT's at-home Easter box
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Easter feaster – dial up the decadence this year with QT’s at-home Easter box

We're just going to say it, Easter 2021 has a lot to make up for. This time last year, Australians spent their entire long weekend in lockdown with only essential shopping trips allowed – no lining up at the trawler for fresh prawns and seafood, no buttered hot-cross buns fresh from the bakery oven, no gathering with friends and family over a meal. Thankfully, this year's festivities are looking a little more positive. Make up for the year that wasn't with a sensational spread at home courtesy of Easter by QT at Home.  more

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Experience deliciously authentic Italian gelato at Coolangatta's new gelateria Ottimo
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Experience deliciously authentic Italian gelato at Coolangatta’s new gelateria Ottimo

There are some locales that have an unspoken reputation – when you know, you know. Ottimo on Marine Parade in Coolangatta is one of those places. The sweet gelateria opened its doors in December 2020 next door to Xenia Bar & Restaurant and is dishing up amazingly authentic gelato, flaky croissants, delightful danishes and top-notch brews of the caffeinated kind. Italian for 'excellent', Ottimo is firmly establishing itself as a bonafide local gem and once you get a glimpse of the goods, you’ll see why. more

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Macca's is giving us a taste of New Zealand with its new Cookie Time McFlurry
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Macca’s is giving us a taste of New Zealand with its new Cookie Time McFlurry

When it comes to sweet treats, our Kiwi friends sure know what's up. Plenty of New Zealand's cult-status confections have made their way to our shores, from Whittaker's Peanut Slabs and Cadbury Perky Nanas to Pascall Pineapple Lumps and of course, Cookie Time. In a tastebud-tantalising twist of events, McDonald's is taking your favourite baked beauty, mashing it up and pouring it over its universally adored soft serve to create a new ice-cream flavour – the Cookie Time McFlurry. more

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Party of five – Cluccboi adds Sugarboi, Dragonboi, Deliboi and Fryboi to the family
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Party of five – Cluccboi adds Sugarboi, Dragonboi, Deliboi and Fryboi to the family

It's hard to believe that once upon a time, delivery options were limited to pizza or your local Chinese restaurant. Thankfully, things have changed, and these days, your options are limited only by your imagination and proximity to delivery partners. If you happen to reside in or around the Southport area and are a fan of the finger-lickin' chicken from Cluccboi, get excited because owners (and chief Cluccbois) Stephen Kakoniktis and Chris Withers have expanded the family to five. Allow us to introduce you to the new bois on the block ... 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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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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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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Get specialty sips on-the-go at Sparrow Coffee Co's new coffee dispensary in West Burleigh
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Get specialty sips on-the-go at Sparrow Coffee Co’s new coffee dispensary in West Burleigh

If you regularly plan your trips around where you can stop to get coffee (we see you, friend), we have some news that might just pique your interest. Bangalow and Byron Bay's much-loved caffeine dispensary Sparrow Coffee Co has spread its wings to open a fourth location right here on the Gold Coast – hooray! Tucked away from plain sight between The Wellness Boutique and Elevation Fitness in West Burleigh, the new takeaway nook is here to fuel your morning with quality sips on the fly.  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