Freddy’s Chicken Shop
The former realty office on the corner of Connor and James Streets has been transformed into Freddy’s Chicken Shop – a light and bright eatery that throws a nostalgic nod to the site’s original incarnation as a bustling corner store with a firm focus on the future. Freddy’s is the handiwork of Burleigh Pavilion’s Ben May, Rob Domjen and Guillaume Zika alongside keen surfer Paul Surman, and is designed to fill the void for post-surf feeds and quality, fuss-free takeaway. The menu offers a mouth-watering selection of chargrilled roast chickens, chicken-and-hot-chip rolls, seasonal salads, burgers, shakes and more. Whilst Freddy’s Chicken Shop is intentionally low-key in its approach and general vibe – when it comes to the food, it’s anything but. The kitchen is presided over by Guillaume, who also oversees operations at Burleigh Pavilion and The Tropic (and once did a stint as head chef of a two-Michelin-starred restaurant), so there’s a strong focus on quality. The chemical-free chooks, for example, are sourced from the Noosa hinterland and cooked in a flame-grill rotisserie, whilst the farm-to-plate salads and burgers are made using quality, seasonal produce. Freddy’s is the perfect spot for a post-surf feed, or grab a bird to-go for a guilt-free takeaway dinner.