Where to celebrate the 4th of July in Brisbane | Gourmand and Gourmet

Where to celebrate the 4th of July in Brisbane

The fourth of July signifies America’s independence day. No, not the day they fended off an alien invasion, the day they declared their big break from the mothership and went all presidential. We might still be fans of the monarchy over here in the land of Oz but there’s no reason we can’t help the US of A celebrate their liberation from the crown, especially since it’s a great excuse to eat our weight in food. We’ve scouted out the best places in Brisbane to channel your inner republican and delve into all the delicious things we are so grateful to America for. The Fox Hotel | South Brisbane Long Bar at The Fox Hotel is going red, white and blue for a day of 4th of July fun. Grab a cold can of Budweiser and chug it like a red neck or be a little more East Coast and sip an espresso martini. Tacos, sliders and hot wings will be on the menu for your finger dining pleasure. Nantucket Kitchen and Bar | Indooroopilly If you’re more the sweater over your shoulders type than ribs and sticky fingers, head to Nantucket for a Cape Cod escape to celebrate the occasion with class. Crab cakes with fennel slaw or a traditional Waldorf salad will have you feeling like you just flew into the Hamptons for the summer. Shady Palms Café | Stones Corner Get the day started with a big American fry up at Shady Palms. Grilled corn bread with maple glazed bacon, fried eggs and mushies has us drooling just thinking about it. Or you could go for the classic Southern brekky of fried green tomatoes with kale, candied yams and black eyed peas (the beans, not the band). Let’s get the 4th of July started in here! Mighty Mighty | Fortitude Valley The urban cowboys at Mighty Mighty know how to throw a good bash, they’re putting on a three course American feast complete with four matching US craft beers. Classic American fare on the menu includes devilled eggs with pickles and buttermilk biscuits and smoked chicken and blue cheese cobb salad, but we like the sound of dessert: red, white and blue drunken parfait glasses. Carolina Kitchen | Coorparoo Nothing says stars and stripes like a pile of Aunt Lilly Mae’s BBQ Ribs, slow cooked in a special BBQ sauce, served with a Southern potato salad and washed down with a vaguely medicinal tasting (but oh so good) Dr Pepper. That’s what you’ll find at Carolina Kitchen, and you can bask in the glory of American flags and the approving stare of Michael Jordan on the wall as you dine. Tippler’s Tap | Newstead Australia might be great at throwing a snag on the barbie but it’s Americans who really know what to do with a sausage when it’s time for a party. Serve it in a soft bun, top it with tangy pickles, gherkin relish, mustard and ketchup, just like they do at Tippler’s Tap. Chicago would be proud. So go out and celebrate the independence of the (not so) new world. Here’s to the feeling of liberation! But long live the queen! Words by Ranyhyn Akui