Suburban foodies: Hawthorne | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Suburban foodies: Hawthorne

For the most mouth-watering menus...head over to Hawthorne.

It may be one of Brisbane’s smaller suburbs, but tucked away in this riverside pocket of Brisbane, as well as a sprawling AFL park, riverside family spot and not one but TWO cinemas is a huge variety of seriously good restaurants, cafes and more! 

Downtown Istanbul

The owners of the former Ahmet’s Bulimba have created a new Turkish bazaar right in the heart of Hawthorne. Situated next to the new Hawthorne cinema complex and serving up lunch and dinner seven days a week, Downtown Istanbul is the perfect pre-movie dining option. The Turkish pizzas, pides and grilled meats are sure to tempt and tantalise your taste buds!

The Fishmonger’s Wife

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.

Hawthorne Garage

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.

Sister Cafe

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.

Sister Cafe Hawthorne restaurants and cafes

Microlot Coffee House

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!

Ze Pickle

The go-to place for unbeatable burgers, quality craft beer and the best beats has arrived in Hawthorne! The famous Ze Pickle boys from Burleigh have created an incomparable range of burgers and bar snacks which combine perfectly with their rotating 12-tap selection of craft beers. Also offering a unique selection of cocktails, wine and good times, Ze Pickle has the recipe for a brilliant night out. 

Marinara Ristorante and Cafe

With over 30 years’ experience, true Italian hospitality and an authentic ambience, Marinara will make you feel as though you just took a trip to Italy. Sourcing fresh local produce, Marinara serves up some of the most incredible homemade pizza and pasta dishes the southside has to offer. Mix this with handpicked wines from wineries around Italy and an old-school dessert tray to peruse and your night at Marinara is sure to be simply spettacolare!

Botanica Real Foods

Hawthorne’s newest addition is the perfect one-stop takeaway shop. Serving up some of Brisbane’s freshest produce into hearty and healthy salads as well as a selection of sweet treats, Botanica provides its customers with the freshest of flavours. Whether you need lunch on the go options or to cater your next event, the healthiest and cleanest options for any mealtime can be found at Botanica. 


BRB, jumping on the ferry and heading to Hawthorne!


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Words by Katyia Willis
- the gourmet who's moving in.