Suburban Foodies: Woolloongabba
Known more in the past for AFL and cricket than cuisine, the Gabba has quietly established itself as a foodie...
Haven’t been? That’s coo’
One of the southside’s hottest suburbs for as long as we can remember, Coorparoo is a diverse go-to for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Reel her in! Perch’d has well and truly won the favour of locals by offering passionately put-together fish ’n’ chips. Sourcing only the freshest seafood from local wholesalers, the team behind Perch’d take what you know and love to new heights with thrice-fried hand-cut chips, fish from barra to salmon, chip butties, tasty tacos, battered pineapple and veggie burgers. As you sip a glass of wine or knock back a bit of tap beer on the verandah, you’ll have found inner peace… until you realise that you have to go back to work tomorrow. Cheers!
A cosy spot for a fam breaky, post-gym refuel or satisfying Saturday lunch, Maude is a wholesome, community-focused newcomer to Eva Street. Expect service with a smile, fresh Aussie flavours, and top-notch coffee courtesy of Wolff Coffee Roasters.
Sitting pretty on Old Cleveland Road is ninebar + kitchen – better known as your new local. With a classic café-style breakfast menu and refined lunch menu with a range of global flavours, ninebar + kitchen welcomes guests seven days a week. A comprehensive drinks list offers everything from smoothies to loaded shakes, cocktails and wine – as well as top quality espresso courtesy of Fonzie Abbott.
This welcoming spot practically screams Coorparoo, welcoming locals and visitors alike for breaky, lunch, dinner, and lots of drinks. With 12 constantly-rotating taps, this is definitely a beer lover’s paradise, though there’s a great list of wines and cocktails to satisfy all. On the food front, be tempted by small plated like Szechuan peppered squid, saltbush lamb and almond meatballs and popcorn chicken with bacon mayo; or on the larger side enjoy the likes of blue swimmer crab fettuccine and a vegan burger with chunky fries.
This long-term Coorparoo staple treads a perfect balance between classic and contemporary breakfast fare. Avocado lovers will be pleased with their generous portions, with a menu heavy on fresh ingredients and Aussie favs. And, if lunch is sweet music to your ears, they’re also good for it!
Factory 51’s laneway restaurant and pizzeria is slinging gnocchi, pizza, and Italian mains with finesse–making it a favourite for couples, groups, and families alike. The joint is also famed for its weddings and functions, with those signature flavours highlighted across the different menus.
Straight from Bologna to Coorparoo Square, La Macelleria is the traditional gelateria that sweet dreams are made of. One of four locations across Brisbane, La Macelleria’s Coorparoo store offers all your favourite flavours and a few unique options, with seasonal specials that will blow your mind.
California Native is all about the fresh Cali-style Mexican. Think Baja fish tacos, empanadas, taquitos and unreal enchiladas. The focus is on great ingredients, with Cape Grim beef, free-range poultry and eggs, and authentic spices imported from Mexico. Ay caramba, Coorparoo got spicy!
Coming later this month to Chatsworth Road (previously home to Little Sista Cafe), Rabbit & Co is the brainchild of Mandy Metcalfe–owner and operator of The Rabbit Hole Cafe in Seven Hills and Wynnum.
Don’t keep it cooped up, Brissy…
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