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The Newbie Foodie Guide to Brisbane

  • Food & Booze
  • Brisbane
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Desserts
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Vegetarian
  • Beer/Craft
  • Cocktails
  • Wine

Welcome to Brisvegas! Wherever you’ve from, we’re excited to show you some of our home faves.

Hungry? Thirsty? Reeling from the humidity? Let us take you by the hand and show you our sleepy little city, sorry if they’re sweaty.

BREAKFAST

SCOUT| PETRIE TERRACE

You might have to line up, but we can guarantee it’s worth the wait. The converted house is one of our all-time favourite brunch haunts, and for good reason. Pouring Supreme coffee and serving an interchanging array of diet-busting bagels, with exposed bricks and shabby chic furniture, Scout is the hipster living room you’ve always wanted.

GAUGE| SOUTH BRISBANE

Sweet black garlic bread for breakfast. Do we need to go on? You’re going to want us to, because Gauge is one of Brisbane’s best kept secrets. Enjoy Marvell Coffee and unusual brunch offerings including coal grilled pineapple with sweet pistachio labnah or get stuck into one of the best dang bacon sangas you’ve ever tasted.

MORNING AFTER|WEST END

Poké on toast, pappardelle carbonara and their own sausage and egg MaMuffin – Morning After are killing it. Equal parts healthy and indulgent, whether you’re seeking unusual or comforting, the West End café has it all, and expertly brewed 5 Senses coffee to boot.

LUNCH

BEN’S BURGERS| FORTITUDE VALLEY

Considered by many as the best burgers in Brisbane (we neither confirm nor deny), Ben’s Burgers are a Valley institution. Classic burger with beef, cheese, pickles and onion or up your veg intake with the mushroom, cheese, tomato and pickles. Add chips and a beer and it’s the best $20 you’ll ever spend.

MRS BROWNS| NEWSTEAD

New kid on the block, Mrs Browns is famous for making friends with salad (hello turmeric cauliflower with mint and labnah), ‘dirty bird’ rotisserie chicken and most importantly – their prawn roll. Beer battered prawns and sriracha mayo in a toasted milk bun. Can she adopt us?

BAR ALTO| NEW FARM

Rest those weary legs and cure those hunger pains by feasting on braised lamb shoulder, fresh chilli and garlic mussels and grilled ciabatta. Take in the Brisbane river, Aperol Spritz in hand and consider your next move…dinner.

DINNER

HAPPY BOY| FORTITUDE VALLEY

Whether you’re in the mood for Many Mushroom Much Tofu (try saying that after a few drinks) or beef brisket strew with noodle knots, Happy Boy will make you exactly that with their provincial Chinese food, boutique wines under the flow of fairy lights. Head around the corner for a vino or two at Mr Chester Wine Bar to top off your night.

JULIUS| SOUTH BRISBANE

Mortadella pizza, calamari fritti, duck and tomato ragu with pappardelle, it’s an Atkins diet hell, but our personal heaven. Indulge in a bottle or two of Rossi with your main and a cheeky limoncello after your dolci, you’ll need an extra seat to get home but it’s worth it. Still got room for a negroni? Pop next door to Maker for an expertly mixed nightcap.

SEYMOUR’S OYSTER AND COCKTAIL BAR| CAXTON STREET

Nestled in the Caxton Street entertainment precinct is diamond in the rough, a little slice of New Orleans in Brisbane, Seymour’s Oyster and Cocktail Bar. Duck behind the velvet curtains into the happening cocktail den for scallop cerviche, steak tartare and salmon crudo as well as classic cocktails. Still got some life in you? Take a walk on the wild side and duck into Lefty’s afterwards. (We cannot be held responsible for what happens after you drink your first whisky apple.)

 Two days or two weeks, there’s a lot to see and eat in Brisbane.

Words by Emma Callaghan
- the gourmand with 4000 tattooed on her shoulder.