We want YOU to have a cracking 4th of July, so make like Will Smith and celebrate Independence Day in style at these red, white, and blue-clad dining institutions. Show the US of A by biting into their most iconic cuisine. These are Brisbane’s best American dishes.
Bringing the best of the USA down under in a big way, Buffalo Bar is one of Brisbane’s most authentic modern American bars. Featuring mouth-watering burgers and some of the best darn wings this side of the Pacific, it would be criminal not to. Oh, and their hot dog challenge is always there, if you’re up for it?
Meat lovers, gather round; magicians of the humble bbq smoker, Special Rub in Coorparoo have got ALL your meat cravings covered. Using Australian ironbark to smoke their tender, premium BBQ’d meat, whether you're after slow-cooked ribs, tender AF pulled pork, or just fried chicken cooked to golden perfection, Special Rub needs to be at the top of your list.
Betty's Burgers & Concrete Co.
Newstead and Chermside
Betty’s Burgers menu is uncomplicated perfection. From their classic Betty, to their crispy chicken and bare Betty (if their brioche bun aint your thing) these are easily some of the best burgers in town. With plenty of sides—their fries are addictive—we think it’s Betty's decadent thick shakes and concrete sundaes that low-key take top billing.
CBD and Eagle Street Pier
51st Street's NYC-style burgers are truly a sight to behold. Cranking out classic American burgs and fries paired with chilled craft beers, 51st has got classic patties in a soft bun down, er, pat. If you haven't tucked into their Streets Big Burger yet—a double patty, cheese, bacon, egg and onion ring-type situation—can you even say you're living life right?
Serving up American-style burgers for lunch and dinner—in their signature brioche bun—Ben’s is a true icon of the Brisbane dining scene. (If it's not clear yet, we're big fans.) Do yourself a favour, order the Cheesy (with extra Jalapeños!) and a Hershey chocolate thick shake (or a 4 Pines Beer, whatever your vice may be) and ready yourself for the best goddamn burg you've ever tasted!
Walter’s is the lovechild of hospitality powerhouse DAP & Co, who are also behind The Gresham, Popolo, and Heya Bar. Trust us, these guys know steak. It's unlike other steak restaurants in Brisbane, with Chef Adam Herbert cutting and dry-aging all of the steak in-house because he's the real deal, okay? Knock it back with an expertly made Old Fashion in one if their supremely comfy leather booths and you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’re in the Upper East Side.
Situated in Queen Street’s bustling food court, Bordertown offers delish Mexican takeaway and American style burgers to boot, and although it might be small, the restaurant has a chic modern fit out with hanging greenery, timber furniture and a painted wall by Brisbane artist Thom Stuart. Intrigued yet?
Continuing Brisbane's love affair with all things American is Brisbane CBD bar and restaurant, Red Hook. Tucked away down Gresham Lane this diner, bar, and take out joint is your gateway to NYC-style eats. Think Philly cheese steaks, spicy buffalo wings and some of the best-tasting burgs you’ll ever tongue tango with.
Picture this: a poutine burger, topped with halloumi, gravy and pickles, with a side of crispy fried wings and dirty fries. If you’re already drooling, we hate to break it to you, but there’s a lot more where that came from at Miss Kay’s. Mac and cheese burgers, tempura cauliflower vego burgers and a whole heap of other menu offerings that will have you coming back for more.
Fat Angel (Brisbane’s first ever American sports bar) boasting eight massive screens as your home of basketball (NBA), football (NFL), profuse bleeding (UFC), and excessive shoving (ice hockey). But, it’s Fat Angel’s classic sports-bar snackery that get’s us hot under the collar: think wings, burgers, cheesesteaks, and popcorn shrimp!
Fortitude Valley and Camp Hill
The famed Ze Pickle made their name in levelling up burger chow and now they’ve gone full turbo and cranked their entire operation up to full tilt. The magnificence of their titanic burger range is a sight to behold.
Fritzenberger’s pillowy soft, sweet buns are icon-worthy. Their burgers are jam-packed with flavour and yet you never walk away with that, ‘gee I really over did it again’ feeling. We dig on their classic cheeseburger but we’re also totally here for their loaded fries with Twister dust. Oh, my…
When Neil Perry launched his famous Burger Project in Brisbane, we hustled to try every burger on the menu and we can tell you right now that if you have any fondness for the burg then you will fall hard for their menu of classics. Add to that their thick shakes and plethora of soft serve flavours, and you’re onto a winner.
Whoever is behind the menu at Chur Burger is clearly not starved of innovation. Beef is not the only source of glory and Chur’s truly staggering array of choice covers everything from chicken, chickpeas and pulled pork, to lamb, pork belly, and a zesty crumbed fish fillet. Now for the impressive part, literally everything on the menu is outstanding. I’m not playing. Choosing a ‘best of Chur’ would be like trying to decide which Backstreet Boy I love most, ie impossible.
5 Boroughs has created the ultimate New York street-food menu capable of impressing even the most discerning Yankee. Beware, the menu is intense and offers over a dozen burgers alone, not to mention tacos, ribs and sweet treats. The 5B Classic with Cheese will awaken feelings you never knew you were capable of.
Beloved Brisbane burger joint Charboys are known city-wide for their fluffy buns and perfect patty—so you'd expect nothing short of magic when it comes to a decent cheesy. Sticking to the classic recipe, Charboy's cheeseburger is straight up wagyu beef patty, special sauce, melted American cheese, tomato and lettuce. Why mess with perfection?
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