Aah, the humble potato—beloved by the Irish and the hungover alike. But just what is it that makes the perfect hot chip of this versatile vegetable?
Happily, Brisbane rises to the challenge.
For the classics fan, the beer-battered variety served at the Story Bridge Hotel does not disappoint, nor do the chips at Vue in New Farm, which hit the mark in true Vue style. Straight-cut and perfectly seasoned, this bowl of deep-fried pomme frites doesn't offer any surprises, but dependability is a quality to be admired in a fry.
Just Poppy's, in the innocuous suburb of Riverhills (near Jindalee/Mt. Ommaney) also serve great battered chips to complement their famous burgers.
If you feel like splicing your snack-time with a little decadence, head to the Chester Street Bakery and Bar in Newstead. Run by the same crew behind Valley favourites, Limes Hotel and Alfred and Constance, this venue really takes the humble chip up a notch by roasting these thick-cut potato fingers in duck fat. Serving Spring Creek Mountain Chips roasted in (now trending) #duckfat, the delicious morsels are topped with truffle salt and served with a side of aioli.
For the socially conscious, you can speak with your feet in support of Swampdog Fish and Chips on Vulture St, South Brisbane, whose business is founded on the concept of sustainably caught seafood—'Good for you, good for me, and good for the sea'.
For a stylish setting in which to gobble, head to Teneriffe's Claret House, sequestered in the old Woolstores building. Their potato skins with rosemary salt and confit garlic aioli will go down a treat in this chic setting. If it's fear of the ever-expanding waistline holding you back however, there are some less carb-loaded options waiting to be sampled.
For an outing worthy of a first date or at least a polka-dot summer dress, head to the nostalgically fashioned, Milk Bar Café in Ashgrove. Tucked in the shopping complex on Ashgrove Ave, their chips are served with a dose of the old-school; in a paper cone fitted in a wire holder. Munch away to a setting reminiscent of a James Dean movie, and let their vintage playlist take you back to the era of strawberry milkshakes and innocent after-school love.
For the perfect sunny-day chips, take a seat at A Salt and Battery in the student strip at St Lucia, Hawken Drive. Also BYO, this is the perfect spot for big catch-up gatherings where you can get a little rowdy, while not stretching the budget too far.
The justly awarded, Fishmonger's Wife (Australia's best fish and chips 2008 and 2009) serves up their trademark beer-battered chips to a loyal customer base on Brisbane's east.
For a decent portion size—wrapped in paper like a proper seaside outing—swing into Tippler's Seafood, centrally located on Indooroopilly Rd, Taringa. With a takeaway option until 8pm, this proves a busy and convenient refueling spot (but be prepared to pay for the tartare sauce).
Whatever your palette, when it comes to the much-loved hot chip, Brisbane is one location where you don't have to settle for average.
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