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Easter feasting: Where to eat on the long weekend

The Easter long-weekend. So much free time, but what to do with it? Where to go when your go-to coffee spot and craft beer bar both have shut their doors and gone AWOL for four whole days? While the chocolate might be calling your name in a big way, save yourself from the sugar withdrawals and fill up on something more substantial at the Brisbane spots cafes, restaurants and bars staying open all weekend. COFFEE AND BRUNCH Nothing will help you feel better after a big long weekend celebration than a big breakfast or brunch, and thankfully, there’s plenty of places that’ll be open to provide you with a pick-me-up. Indooroopilly’s NKB Express has got your hangover cure ready to go on Saturday and Sunday, with hot waffles, burgers and bagels, while Woolloongabba’s Pawpaw Café, The Barrack’s Chelsea Bistro, Plum Tucker and Arthur’s Green in Red Hill will rid you of all your worries by providing you with some well-deserved nourishment. All can fix your sore head Saturday, Sunday and Monday, but Plum Tucker and Arthur’s Green will have a latte for you even on Good Friday. It’s almost a regular weekend in Paddington, with Affinity and their stuffed French toast available Saturday and Sunday, plus dinner on Saturday. Just down the road, Kettle & Tin have got breakfast covered all weekend – as well as lunch and dinner! Need some grease to cure what ails you? Hit up Artie & Mai in Albion and you can grab some takeaway on Saturday, Sunday or Monday (and even Good Friday at Artie & Mai) and slink off back to bed to rest your head. easter in brisbane 4SOMETHING FISHY Good Friday is all about the seafood and where better to get it than Brisbane’s best seafood restaurant? Jellyfish will be serving up a special dinner on Friday and night, with lunch available Saturday and Sunday. Nearby, Riverbar & Kitchen will be serving up sumptuous soft shell crab burgers and hot cross bun martinis (how many Hail Mary’s are we going to have to do after having one of those?) from midday on Good Friday, and will stay open for all your foodie needs from 8am until late the rest of the weekend. If it’s something a bit more chilled you’re after, get Lent-y as anything at The Fishery with delicious fish and chips. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday all day long, it’s perfect for those who want to get out of the house and are craving something a little fresher than a tonne of chocolate. Or you can head to the South Bank Surf Club and pair a craft beer with your battered cod – they’re open all weekend, including for lunch on Good Friday. FANCY PANTS Feeling like you need to shed the trackies and snazz it up a bit? The upper-crust kind of places are open too, and ready to give your weekend a touch of class. In Indooroopilly, Nantucket is open Saturday and Sunday, as is e’cco bistro in the CBD and both will leave you feeling a little more like yourself – a sophisticated kind of you, that is. The Sofitel’s Thyme² and next door Cuvee Lounge in the city will both be open as per usual all weekend, but make sure to order some food on Good Friday to go with your cocktail. Hey, those pesky liquor laws have just got your best interests at heart! And there’s no better chance to splash out and have dinner at ARIA on Saturday night, it’s sure to have you applauding Matt Moran’s dream menu while you dine in comfort without the crowds. The carnivores, however, might prefer to hit up Cha Cha Char for dinner on Saturday. TAKE ME AWAY Were you keen to go on a holiday but just didn’t have to time to get away? Be transported by food instead, you’ll feel a thousand miles away from Brisbane at pan-Asian prodigy Chop Chop Chang’s, who will be doing their thing on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Hop on in and get yourself an Easter bao bun-ny and a cocktail. Ahmet’s is operating like normal Saturday to Monday as well, stuff yourself long weekend-style with some authentic Turkish nosh. Bucci will be serving up hearty, traditional Italian lunches and dinners Friday through to Sunday in Fortitude Valley, as will The Mero in Indooroopilly on Saturday so don’t even think about ordering pizza in box. All of the Treasury restaurants will be open at various times over the Easter period, but from Saturday to Monday, Fat Noodle will make you go stir-fry crazy with their fast and filling Asian offerings. If something a little more Japan-easy you want, hit up Bird’s Nest Restaurant in West End and say konichiwa to a yakitori lunch on Friday or dinner Saturday through Monday! In the CBD, Red Hook’s American street food will be available Friday and Saturday night, while Public will be open with plenty of their Kentucky fried duck to keep you from going hangry on Saturday night. easter in brisbane featureDRINK, DANCE & BE MERRY West End is the place to be most of the time, but that’s especially true about Easter. Archive and Cobbler will get the fun started on Thursday, and will kick it into gear again after a quick break, from Saturday through to Monday. Upstairs, Loft is keen to get you moving and grooving, and will be open late on Thursday and Saturday. Meanwhile, Lychee will be mixing up cocktails on Saturday and Sunday night. The Fox has a weekend so big planned it’ll feel like 8 days, not 4. Grab a burger and beer or house wine (or soft drink if you’re being virtuous) for $15 at lunch or dinner time on Good Friday and then it’s business as usual for the rest of the weekend (and no public holiday surcharge!) so you can party away. Give your family a break (or yourself from them) and catch up with your friends at a massive Sunday sesh on the Dandy’s Rooftop Bar. What’s the public holiday on Monday for, if not recovery? It’s all easy-going at Next Door Kitchen & Bar just nearby in South Bank where you can keep it cool with a drink or two and a ploughman’s plate to nibble on (pictured above) at any point from Saturday to Monday, while further down the river, The Story Bridge Hotel and all of its restaurants will be serving patrons throughout the weekend, so locals need not worry about their watering hole of choice turning them away. Over on the other side of town, while the International Hotel has Spring Hill covered from Saturday to Monday. In the Valley, things will be pumping at plenty of spots on Saturday and Sunday night until late, including Laruche, Gerard’s BarCloudland, and Press Club. SOMETHING SWEET Still haven’t had enough chocolate? Cowch is open every day over Easter at its normal hours and won’t slug you with any surcharges with your dessert. Sweet deal, huh? Flour & Chocolate is open all weekend for all the baked goods you could ask for, including some last minute hot cross buns, but if it’s something a little more decadent you’re after, Passiontree Velvet at Carindale will be there for you on Saturday and Monday, while Passiontree in the city might just have the antidote to too much chocolate with their fruity bingsoos from 11am until late all weekend. Words by Kate Bethune