There’s something truly satisfying about dining somewhere where the staff know you by name and coffee (or cocktail, depending on the time of day or night) order, The Local in Burleigh Heads is one of those places. Created by locals for locals, the entire venue is inspired by the concept of connectedness and community and features locally sourced produce alongside locally roasted coffee beans and even locally brewed beer from Balter Brewing and Varsity Lakes’ Aardvark & Arrow. The ample morning menu covers off your standard avo smashes and eggs any way but also offers some exciting additions including the totally Insta-worthy Burleigh Bowl, which is filled with coconut-set chia, mango, maple syrup and grains, alongside the indulgent The Local THC with ham-off-the-bone, truffled bechamel and emmental cheese. Come midday, wrap your hands around the Busty Beef burg or tuck into the Get In My Bangalow Belly pork with chilli and tamarind sauce. Hidden away underneath Ambience, the relaxed beachside venue offers old fashioned service, chilled vibes and some super tasty nosh alongside a decent selection of tipple – what more could you want? Live music? Well, they have that too. Trust us when we say it’s worth crossing the road for.