Suburban foodies: Coorparoo | Gourmand and Gourmet

Suburban foodies: Coorparoo

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If you still think the old Myer Centre is the best thing about Coorparoo you need to drive on east to where Old Cleveland Road these days offers more than a one-way street to the Stradbroke Island ferry. What was once a wasteland between Stones Corner and Carindale is now a new and improved go-to for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Well, except for the Myer Centre, which is now a pile of rubble on its way to being the new hip spot in town. Greek on Cav | 377 Cavendish Road Gone are the days where one had to go to West End to indulge in a Mediterranean feast fit for a goddess, because now, there’s Greek on Cav. With all their dishes designed to share, you’ll want to bring a few friends with you so you can pile plates and plates of stuffed mushrooms, chickpea fritters and chargrilled lamb cutlets on the table. Finished off with honey puffs and ouzo ice cream of course. Carolina Kitchen | 38 Macaulay Street If you want low key comfort food without the hassle of having to make yourself look sharp and fork out money for parking in the city, then Carolina Kitchen is your savior from the South. BBQ baby back ribs with potato salad, chilli dogs and New York fries are just the midweek meal you need. Plus, their freshly baked pies are reason enough to hunt down this suburban gem. Flute | 380 Cavendish Road If you think you don’t need a reservation for suburban cafes, think again. You’ll be hard pressed even finding a carpark for Flute, let alone a table – especially around breakfast time. But it will all be worth it when you have a giant cookie milkshake in front of you, though it should really be shared between three people, and probably be classified as a dessert, not a drink. Nevertheless, order it, along with their famous avocado plate. cooparoo restaurants california nativeCalifornia Native | 420 Cavendish Road The newest Americana-style pig-out spot around town, California Native is all about Cali-style Mexicana. Cheesy nachos, spicy chilli fries, and every taco option you can think of are matched by Malibu Wagyu burgers and clam chowder, but don’t eat there without ordering one of the homemade salsas and jalepeno poppers on the side. Ave Cucina | 16 Eva Street A mix of Italian and Middle Eastern cuisine can be found at Ave, and while you might like a savoury lunch, it’s their hotcake specials that have us coming back again and again. Think poached pear and chocolate, black berry, baked apple and pistachio, or choc-honeycomb banana. Check out the latest flavour combo this weekend! Little Sista Café | 148 Chatsworth Road Sure you could stick to the classic eggs benny, the hearty big breakfast or the healthy homemade granola on Little Sista’s menu, but you won’t regret trying one of their weekly specials – namely, the fritters. And while you’re there, make sure you grab some baked treats to take home for later! If you live east of the big smoke, gone are the days of having to go into town for a good meal. Because no one can be bothered doing that on a weekday. Words by Taylare Maddern