Suburban foodies: Hawthorne & Bulimba
If you’ve been told there’s no good food here, that’s straight bull(imba).
Nestled in their own dual pocket of riverside bliss, Hawthorne and Bulimba have it all – with cinemas, parks, and some seriously good restaurants, cafés, and bars turning heads and turning out wallets.
See what’s worth eating and drinking across said ‘burbs below.
Mexi-can you handle how good the food is at La Quinta? Highlights include the lamb and goat’s cheese enchiladas, chunky beef chilli, and basically the whole list of Mexican-style tapas like street-style corn, jalapeño poppers, and crumbed feta. This Oxford Street staple has been around forever, and with its serious list of margaritas (there’s 9 options!) it’ll be around for a long time to come.
Hawthorne residents lucked out when this East Brisbane institution relocated to just off Hawthorne Road. With options like wild wattleseed cod and grilled Thai octopus, this fish shop is anything but basic, though they nail the classics. Whether you call it a scallop, fritter, or cake, their potato sides are amazing as well, and they never skimp on the chips.
With some brag-worthy brews constantly rotating on tap, there’s an ice-cold ale for every beer-lover at this breezy spot. Hang out on the verandah with spanner crab tostadas and tempura zucchini flowers, or settle in for the night with a flame-grilled chicken burger on a charcoal bun or a serious charcuterie board. Non-beer drinks need not stress, with an on-trend wine selection and cool cocktail list on hand. Grab us a gin and rosewater spritz while you’re at it!
Other than the cinemas and the citycat, it’s hard to think of anything more Hawthorne and Bulimba than Sugo Mi! If pizza gets you going, Sugo Mi’s traditional Italian menu is right up your alley. From the Gamberoni with garlic prawns, mozzarella, bocconcini, parsley and optional (but highly suggested) chilli, to the super-classic Al Tartufo, with field mushrooms, mozzarella, crisp prosciutto, and truffle oil, this place is serious about their pies. If you, somehow, still have room after dinner, duck back to the Sugo Mi Gelateria around the back for a one-two dinner and dessert combo that’ll take you right back to Milan.
If you’re all about home-cooked meals, Hawthorne Garage is a must-visit grocery destination. Their range of fresh fruit and veggies, top-quality meat, and premium grocery ingredients makes for a serious dinner party set-up. If you’re no culinary whiz, Hawthorne Garage’s deli also turns out a range of delish daily specials, as well as take-home family dinners, so you only need to do the dishes! With a coffee shop serving Toby’s Estate and pastries attached, Hawthorne Garage is a one-stop-suburban shop.
This minimal spot overlooking the AFL park is a suburban favourite, serving up great coffee, sweets, and a succinct but tasty menu. Taking their coffee seriously, choose from a specially devised blend, a rotating single origin, and a rotating filter option. And psst… Microlot’s open on public holidays!
Four words: order the Dragon Roll. This spot at the top of Oxford Street serves up fresh and flavoursome sushi, donburi, and classic Japanese sides like takoyaki (lava balls), gyoza, and agedashi tofu. For those looking for more substantial meals, there’s a range of curries, yakisoba, udon, and bento boxes to get stuck into. It might look unassuming, but trust us, it’s sushi-riously good.
Your Italian fix is sorted from breakfast through to dinner, letting you kick things off with pork sausage and truffled scrambled eggs and end on three cheese ravioli with truffled mushroom and 62 degree egg (or if you can squeeze it in, liquorice panna cotta with sambuca and strawberries). It would be a sin not to mix in a few Aperol spritzes, so ensure that you do.
Miss Jones’ sister café is doing the family proud, with stunning breakfast and lunch offerings winning over every foodie heart that passes through Hawthorne. Wake up with Single O coffee and keep the good morning going strong thanks to breakfast gnocchi with mushroom ragu, bacon crumb, pecorino and a poached egg, or kickass karaage chicken rolls and more for lunch.
Haw could you say no?