Locos Kitchen & Bar steams into Bowen Hills | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Locos Kitchen & Bar steams into Bowen Hills

Got a hankering for some fried chicken and saucy buffalo wings, but your dinner date is ‘trying to be healthy/gluten intolerant/going paleo/all of the above?’ Well there’s no need to give up going out altogether any more, because the north side has a new spot that will suit you both. The latest bar and eatery to spice up the ‘burbs, Loco’s Kitchen & Bar has Bowen Hills going loco for loaded cheesy fries, bulked up burgers and alcoholic ginger beer on tap – as well as delicious paleo dinner options that might just tempt you away from the pork belly burger. locos kitchen and bar 2A relaxed venue for lunch, dinner and drinks, Loco’s has an industrial vibe, with recycled timber benches, polished concrete floors and a vibrant graffiti mural inspired by New Orleans taking over one of the walls. Take a seat in one of the sizable booths or nab a stool by windows and settle in for a good feed no matter what you’ve got a craving for. With almost everything made in house, from the hand cut chips to the malt cookies in the ice cream sandwich dessert (we’ll come back to that later), you can be assured of a scrumptious feed. Start with the loaded blue cheese fries piled with tender BBQ pulled pork and a basket of fried chicken kickers with cherry chipotle sauce. Then, move onto one of Loco’s signature burgers – The Road Crosser with grilled marinated chicken, lime aioli, lettuce and coriander comes highly recommended, but you might be more keen for the crispy pork belly PB Roast. Finish it all off with that dessert we mentioned, with Lick! hazelnut coffee ice cream sandwiched between malt cookies with chocolate ganache. locos kitchen and bar dessertFor those with a stronger willpower than us, the dinner menu also features paleo mains like grilled lime soy chicken with buttered lentils, green beans and sweet potato crump or asado flank steak with chimichurri butter and charred broccolini. Best of all, almost everything on the menu can be made gluten and dairy free, and there’s also plenty of vegetarian options. locos kitchen 5At the bar, there’s plenty of sips to pair with your meal, from the ciders, craft beers and ginger beer on tap to some creative cocktails perfect for a weekend tipple. On Friday nights, the cosy venue really comes alive, with live jazz music to keep diners entertained long into the night. You’ll find Loco’s Kitchen & Bar at 35 Campbell Street, Bowen Hills, open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Words by Ranyhyn Akui