Brisbane’s Best American Soul Food

By AJ James
27th Jan 2015

Let’s hear it for American comfort food and the way it’s totally got glutinous soul and belly filling food down pat. It really is an art form for it’s a fine line between just how far you can push the line that exists between fare that a) queues morbid obesity and b) will evoke salutations and praise from the eater.  

“A box of fried chicken? Oh no. I couldn’t possibly. That’s a heart attack just waiting to happen”.


“What’s that? Herb and garlic marinated chicken that’s like ‘popcorn’ and served with a salted caramel sauce? Don’t mind if I do.”

Point made. And so, we bring you pick of the best American restaurants to get comfort inducing American fare in Brisbane. They’re those businesses that with a few flourishes have elevated your standard diner/burger/wings fare, into a finer, and seemingly less glutinous experience.

Tomahawk Kitchen and Bar

South Bank

Read above re popcorn chicken reference—Tomahawk’s is excellent. And what we REALLY like is how their menu lists matching beer or wine suggestions for each dish. How novel and effortless. We’re heading back for the Baja fish tacos.

Red Hook 

Brisbane CBD

Red Hook is easily one of our favourite CBD haunts, for this is NYC street food at its finger licking best. Waffles for breakfast? Why not. Battered pickles? Another one, please.

South Side Diner

South Brisbane

It would be remiss not to include this buzzing American restaurant. And yes, some of the dishes at South Side, if eaten copiously, will alter the health of your heart. But it’s a fun experience. And you can finish your meal with your choice of pie. One word: Awesome. NB don't guzzle your shake to quench your thirst before your meal arrives—your meal will sit barely touched and you’ll feel very silly.

The Smoke BBQ

New Farm

Barbeque in Brisbane is a trend that’s running hot right now. But let’s not forget where we all went originally. At The Smoke they've got those southern style favourites, but other staple American eats—artichoke dip (so cheesy) and good old onion rings.

Papa Jack’s

Fortitude Valley

Real Creole and southern charm lives here. It’s where you go for your gumbo, shrimp n’ grits and po’boys. And there’s often live music at Papa Jack's on a Friday—so perfect for soul soothing.

Pit Boss American BBQ & Eats


To be a pit boss in the states is a revered position. And with good reason–getting your meats to be smoky, soft and, well, ‘just right’ can be tricky. But at Pit Boss they’re on the money. The pulled pork with apple-accentuated notes comes well recommended.

Getta Burger


As the name suggests the burgers here are their business. It’s hard to nominate the pick of the Getta Burger menu (it’s all good) but the brisket burger is what dreams are made of. Think melted cheese, pickles, slaw and ridiculously good condiments. Amen.

Image credit: Daniel Maddock

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