Suburban foodies: Hawthorne

Suburban foodies: Hawthorne

The riverside suburb with seriously good food.

It may be one of Brisbane’s smaller suburbs, but tucked away in this riverside pocket of Brisbane, is a sprawling AFL park, TWO cinemas, and a vast variety of restaurants, cafes and more!

Downtown Istanbul

The owners of the former Ahmet’s Bulimba have created a 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!

G&G recommends: takeaway one of their burgers for lunch. The size of the burgers (with chips) plus their takeaway discount make these filling lunches an absolute steal!

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.

G&G recommends: upgrade to their beer battered chips for extra crunch. 

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.

G&G recommends: Pick up one of their roasted chooks for a quick dinner and clucking good sandwiches all week long. 

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 for lunch.

G&G recommends: for the most chocolatey hot chocolate look no further!

Microlot Coffee House

This minimal spot overlooking the AFL park is a suburban favourite, serving up great coffee, sweets, and a limited but quality 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!

G&G recommends: set aside an extra few dollars… the sweet treats are hard to resist. 

Ze Pickle

The go-to place for unbeatable burgers, quality craft beer and the best beats has a home 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. 

G&G recommends: try their pulled pig burger – BBQ goodness mixed with apple slaw. *chefs kiss*

Marinara Ristorante and Cafe

With over 30 years’ experience, true Italian hospitality and truly transportive 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!

G&G recommends: you can’t pass on one of their stone baked pizzas.

Botanica Real Foods

Craving a health kick? Botanica is bursting with Brisbane’s freshest produce. Whether you’re tucking into one of their hearty refreshing salads or a selection of their sweet treats, Botanica provides its customers with the tastiest flavours in clean eating. Whether you need lunch on the go options or to cater your next event, the healthiest options for any mealtime can be found at Botanica. 

G&G recommends: the raw broccoli and raw beetroot salads are the perfect refreshing health hit. 

Mucho Mexicano 

For a hearty Mexican meal, stop guac and roll into Mucho Mexicano. With unlimited taco Tuesdays, Mucho Fiesta banquets and all sorts of spicy deals, Mucho Mexicano certainly lives up to its name. Chomp through tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, nachos or fajitas and wash them down with a wide range of exciting cocktails!

G&G recommends: when the summer sun hits, be sure to cool down with one (or three) of their frozen margs.  


Attention gluten free gourmands and gourmets! I’m sure you’ve heard of the famous gluten free Nodo donuts, but did you know they have their own little brunch spot? Not only can you grab your gluten free treat and a coffee, but those with bigger appetites can sit and chow down on a cafe menu made up of smashed avo, harvest bowls, peaches and cream cinnamon waffles, and both meat and plant based burgers. 

G&G recommends: give their passion fruit cheesecake a whirl!

Hawthorne Deluxe Cineplex

Calling all movie buffs! Enjoy an elevated movie experience at Hawthorne Deluxe. Instead of your traditional popcorn and slushies (which you can still get), relax and treat yourself to some cheeky beveraginos, oven baked pizzas, burgers, fried snacks, ice cream sundaes and so much more delivered to you throughout the entirety of the film. A three course dinner and a movie without ever leaving your seat! 

G&G recommends: you can’t beat the waffle fries and aioli. 

BRB, we’re jumping on the ferry and heading to Hawthorne!


Some of these businesses may have been impacted by Brisbane’s most recent floods. Please show your support by visiting their social media to find out how you can help them through this difficult time.  

Words by Katyia Willis and Priya Shah
- The gourmand locals giving their stamp of approval