Brisbane’s Best Cheat Meals

By Sophia McMeekin
28th Jan 2015

By this point in January, chances are you’re well and truly getting over your clean eating obsession and are on the hunt for somewhere worthwhile to blow out at.

While we’d never tell you to ditch your diet (cough) surely it can’t hurt to get your indulge-on at one of Brisbane’s best restaurants just this once, to see you through to Feb without cracking and making out with a bag of Doritos.

With that in mind, we’ve put together our hit list of the best Brisbane restaurants for hearty, meaty, and naughty meals. 

Mighty Mighty

Fortitude Valley

Any restaurant with an option on the menu called ‘The Carnivore’ and pork belly in their salad has its priorities straight. Mighty Mighty’s Devil Dripped Pork Ribs are suitably naughty—rubbed and smoked, served with devil drip mop sauce, a baked Idaho potato, blue cheese and cream, and honeyed house bacon. If there was ever a Brisbane restaurant to fall spectacularly off the diet wagon, this is it. 

The Manhattan Line

South Brisbane

New bar The Manhattan Line serves up one thing and one thing only—hotdog! So you can bet this new Brisbane bar will be there for you when you can't face one more salad. Our pick of their authentic ‘dog line up is the Brooklyn Chilli Dog, topped with spicy beef chilli, ketchup, mustard, cheese, and a dill pickle.

Locanda Osteria

Fortitude Valley

If you haven’t been to check out the phenomenal Italian fare coming out of new Italian restaurant, Locanda Osteria, you need to get busy. This Brisbane Italian restaurant has a north Italian-inspired spit roast (or speido) in house, and the meaty goodness this thing produces is on another level. Our pick of the menu is the three roasted meats, the chef’s selection of spit roasts, which is designed to be shared between two. 

Tomahawk Kitchen and Bar

South Bank

This South Bank bar and restaurant embraces beer and meat with equal enthusiasm, and for that it has earned a rightful place in our hearts. A winning example is Tomahawk's sticky stout lamb ribs, slow braised in a barbecue stout glaze until the meat if falling off the bone and you’re falling off your chair.


South Bank

Italians know their way around hunks of meat, and Popolo is no exception. Their Kingaroy free-range suckling pig, with spiced apple and peach compote, and anchovy sauce is one of those rare Brisbane dishes that’s so good it’s reached cult status, and should be on any diet deviant's hit list. 

Howzat Burger

Brisbane CBD 

It makes sense that Philip Johnson’s burger joint would be one for the history books; Howzat’s burgers are the stuff of bun-hugged dreams. The wagyu burger with bacon, double jack cheese, mustard, mayo, and shallots is only available from their CBD store (Howzat is also at the Eat Street Markets and The Triffid), but is well worth the trip.

Tippler’s Tap


Diets were made to be broken at Tippler’s. Their selection of meat-stuffed, American-inspired sandwiches are off-the-rails delish. Our pick is the BBQ Brisket (served with pickled red cabbage, fresh coriander, and garlic aioli), which will put you into a meat coma so severe you better hope you’ve got a ride home.

Chocolate Komberry Co.


A regular at the Eat Street Markets, Chocolate Komberry Co are doing very very bad things with cronuts (and by bad of course we mean, frickin’ delicious). Their latest creation, the Suncrodoe, is part ice cream sundae, part croissant, part donut, and all good.

Image credit: Chocolate Komberry Co

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