Suburban foodies: Albion | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Suburban foodies: Albion

If you think Albion is just a causeway to Brisbane Airport, a small detour off Sandgate Road will prove that this north side ‘burb is home to one of the hippest food scenes this side of the river. Once considered a lesser locale, the vibrant urban precinct now plays host to all-day breakfast spots, American BBQ joints, and coffee roasters that may just have south siders crossing the border to pay them a visit. Artie & Mai | 340 Sandgate Road Got a craving for a big pile of bacon with a side of champagne? The perfect spot to satisfy any post-Friday night cravings, Artie & Mai dishes up spring onion and feta hash cakes that should definitely be on your must-eat list. The gourmet line-up doesn’t stop at their breakfast and booze menu though, with lunches like prawn and fennel fettuccine and a mushroom and haloumi burger that could make even a dedicated carnivore drool. Hudson Corner | 10 Albion Road American BBQ at its finest, Hudson Corner will have you licking every last morsel of that smokey rib sauce off your happy little fingers. Its not all sauce and smiles though – this Tex-Mex cook out barbeques to perfection, slow cooking prime cuts of meat over a hand stoked wood and charcoal fire. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better brisket or stack of chilli cheese fries this side of the river. Fiamme Trattoria | 299 Sandgate Road Can’t seem to accrue that annual leave for your next European holiday? There’s no need to renew your passport to indulge in this Italian experience, with bowls of pork and veal tortellini, delicate ragout and simple pizzas hailing from the streets of Rome itself.  And of course, what better way to finish off your Roman holiday than with a bowl of traditional tiramisu or panna cotta? Now that’s a language we can understand. The Green Edge | 229 Lutwyche Road If raw treats, coconut ice cream sundaes and green juices get your yoga pants all loose, you’re going to love The Green Edge’s take on clean eating. Homemade baked beans with guacamole and fresh sourdough are the star of the breakfast menu, however it’s the lunchtime eats that really have Northside vegans in a flutter. Tofu lovers will love the satay burger with battered tofu, while those just testing the vegan waters will think the slow-roasted mushroom burger is a beef patty in disguise. Fonzie Abbot | 229 Lutwyche Road Gone are the days when Albion’s best coffee spot was the 7/11 on Sandgate Road. Specialty coffee lovers will feel right at home at Fox Street Factory – the perfect spot to sip your single origin flat white while perusing the selection of chemexes, hand grinders, and exotic roasts available for purchase.  The café menu is quite restrained, although you’re sure to find a Bagel Boys bagel or freshly baked muffin to much on while you down your espresso. Efes One | 293 Sandgate Road Live belly dancing, Turkish banquets, and good company are the standard at Efes One. With dishes designed for sharing, you’ll want to bring a few friends with you to help finish off those glorious pieces of grilled haloumi, garlic butter calamari, dolmades, and shish kebabs. Finished off with Turkish delight and a traditional Turkish coffee of course. Brewbakers | 337 Sandgate Road Brewbakers were making some of Brisbane’s best doughnuts before the craze for the deep-fried dough circles began, and they’ve been quietly perfect the craft ever since. Though sourdough is their specialty, you’ll also find a range of bagels, pastries and other baked goods at the popular bakery. Pick up a fresh lunchtime sandwich if you dare – but you will walk out with dessert as well. Al-bi-on my way! Words by Kim Hellberg