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A sudden surge of Americana has begun to crop up on winter menus - hot dogs, burgers, fries, shakes, you name it. Luckily, it just so happens that this perfect storm of food mania has come along at the right time. If you do need an excuse to chow down on this American fare, you can always say you're showing solidarity, celebrating their Independence Day – the Fourth of July.
Keep in mind that there is one key requirement for anything that is, in some way, inspired by greasy stadium food. Execution.
Fatty, cheap burgers and hot dogs of questionable origin simply shall not cut (nor be covered in) the mustard. We're on the hunt for carb-loaded, sauce laden, cheesy deliciousness of the highest quality.
Along the road to sublime Americana, we have struggled past the litter of grease-soaked wrappers to arrive at five of the top spots for your star spangled, Yankee food cravings.
LaVosh Patisserie | Red Hill
A French Patisserie may not seem like the most obvious choice for a little USA in the heart of BNE, but I give you… The LaVosh Patisserie Chilli Dog. It's a NY-style hot dog, topped with a serve of hot beef chilli, chopped raw onion, and tasty cheese, with a side of corn chips and sour cream. Salty, hot, salving and with a little crunch on the side for good measure, yes this is dude food, but it is a surprisingly balanced flavour profile. Note that I say balanced flavour profile, not balanced meal as they are two very different things. Side note: LaVosh also does beautifully authentic bagels, and some very tasty looking New York cheesecakes.
Where: 154 Musgrave Road in Red Hill
The Laneway | Brisbane CBD
Not only is The Laneway bar a cool little hideaway from the city streets, offering great cocktails and boutique beers, but they also have a pretty impressive bar menu. Burgers, hot dogs, onion rings and boutique beers sounds like the ideal way to celebrate the USA's independence – especially when down an alleyway reminiscent of the Brooklyn back streets.
Where: 181 Mary Street in Brisbane CBD
The Smoke BBQ | New Farm
This one is a no brainer, and has become a Brisbane barbeque institution. I highly recommend the chicken wings, complimented perfectly by the traditional partners, blue cheese dressing and celery sticks. The corn-bread with honey butter threw some of my dining companions at first, but really compliments what can be a fiery meal.
Where: 9/84 Merthyr Road in New Farm
Crosstown Eating House | Woolloongabba
I simply cannot think of a better cheeseburger and fries to be had in Brisbane. The burger contains a mystery spice (my guess: paprika) that lends a fantastic smokiness to the perfectly cooked patty, while a pleasingly generous side of crispy shoestring fries punctuates each bite perfectly. While you're there, check out the sticky pork ribs as well, for an extra taste of Americana.
Where: 23 Logan in Woolloongabba
The Manhattan Club | Fortitude Valley
This place has the New York, 1950s cool vibe down pat. Enjoy a little light piano during dinner, and then settle in for a livelier performance later in the night. A Manhattan in hand is essential for the full New York experience. Channel the Great Gatsby for your wardrobe, and turn to the lunch or bar menu for some down-home, southern style onion rings, or chicken wings with blue cheese dipping sauce.
Where: 178 Wickham Street in Fortitude Valley