Suburban Foodies: Windsor/Wilston | Gourmand and Gourmet

Suburban Foodies: Windsor/Wilston

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  • Brisbane
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  • Dinner
  • Lunch
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Sick of the south siders across the river taking all the credit for having Brisbane’s best food?

Windsor and Wilston are taking it back with a vengeance, with a stellar line up of cafes, bars and restaurants – the inner north is taking back its crown.


With an unassuming shopfront attached to the Windsor International, perched across from an ibis farm (you’ll have to see it to believe it!), Va Bene is full of surprises. A Windsor institution, it’s been carb –loading northsiders since the beginning of time, serving up piles of pastas, plates of pizza and seriously sexy sides. Also, if you do lapse into a food coma, you can grab a room next door at the hotel.


Grab a glass soda pop, order a Harry’s burger and some chilli fries, settle into your booth – you’re in Harry’s Diner now baby. The 50s-style diner is a Windsor icon, from the Friday night muscle, hot rod and old school car meetups to the signature thick shakes, chili dogs and buffalo wings, Harry’s in Americana incarnate.


The jewel of Windsor, the little café (seriously it is COSY) is as famous for its political slogans and social notoriety as it is for its ridiculously good food. Get around their classic spaghetti with rich Napoli, melty parmesan and basil oil on sourdough for that sweet, sweet, carb on carb action, or spice things up with the Gringo Bowl. Vegan and goddamn tasty, it’s full of chipotle black beans, guac, herbed slaw and corn chips. They’re fully licensed and a bar on Friday and Saturday nights, so wash it down your nosh with a tinnie and remember to tip your waitress.


Like to take a wok on the wild side? There’s no fear of a bland experience at Sichuan Bang Bang. Adhering to the principles of Sichuan cooking, if you like it hot – welcome home. Snack on Peking duck pancakes, or down dumplings alongside classic beef Sichuan Ma la dry pot. Got a hot date to impress? Don’t be afraid to ask for EXTRA SPICY. What could go wrong? (We accept no responsibility.) 


Tucked away in Wilston Village is the appropriately named Alcove Café. The café/providore nook is bursting with some of the freshest produce from South East Queensland, the menu includes Italian eggs – slow cooked Italian sausages with rich tomato sauce, or seasonal mushrooms sautéed in herbed butter, it’s as moreish as it is adorable. Order a Veneziano coffee and settle in to people watch.


Pizza lovers, you’re going to want to make a beeline here, PRONTO! Start with Nonna’s rosemary and garlic bread, and then pick from classic wood-fired pizzas. Our pick? Keep it classic with the Rustica, mozzarella, baked potato, pork and fennel sausage and taleggio. Bellissimo!  


Brisbane’s biggest vegan café and grocery store is a literal vegan paradise. From faux meats and dairy products to fresh produce, vegan small goods and pantry items – you won’t believe it’s not bacon (or butter). For those of us who prefer our food prepared for us, take a seat in the café and tuck into The Big Breakfast: house scrambled tofu, smoky strips, asparagus, cherry tomato, beans, avo and veg sausage


As much about their community as they are about dishing out damn good food, Willow & Spoon is a bruncher’s dream. Indulge on croissant French toast with strawberry sorbet, cream and roasted white chocolate or stick to your macros with the pumpkin vegan bowl with sesame cheese and chickpea salsa.

Top up your go card and jump on the Ferny Grove line, you’re in for a wild ride.

Words by Emma Callaghan
- The gourmand who can cross Lutwyche Rd in peak traffic with her eyes closed.