Let Minnow Cafe | Image credit: Ariana Gillrie
Blimey, you take your foot off the gas for even one weekend and it’s like you’re in an entirely different city. What were once empty lots and peeling ‘For Lease’ signs are now shiny, new chomp huts brimming with possibility. A fresh frontier of eateries is waiting for you to sink your teeth into, and with this in mind we’ve curated this handy-dandy heat map designed to abate your FOMO.
There’ll be plenty of time in the wake of nuclear fallout to catch up on all the shows in your Netflix queue, but right now there is a sweeping plain of virgin territory you’ve just got to check out.
And don’t (DON’T) tell me after reading this list that you can’t think of anything you want for dinner. Seriously, I’m not having it.
Here are the best new Brisbane restaurants and cafes that should be on your radar.
St Baxter, New Farm
Revered as the patron saint of Daisy Dukes and fish tacos, St Baxter now has his own temple of West Coast worship churning out the good vibes in New Farm. If the OC defined your adolescence, get down here for a bite of what the real West Coast tastes like. California, here we come.
Sin Vida, Fortitude Valley
Brisbane’s latest Mexican connection skates on the dark side of habanero. Taking their cue from the Dia de los Muertos, Sin Vida is a turnt up flame-party celebrating the pre-Columbian and Aztec homage to the dead. Be sure to check out Sin Vida’s badass taco game; making nuns blush since their first day of trade.
Les Bubbles, Fortitude Valley
Yet another reason to flock to the Valley. For carafes of wine, bombe Alaskas, Parisian steak and all the frites you can eat, get motoring to Les Bubbles where being le square is not an option and the baths are free.
Corbett and Claude, CBD
Big fans of the upped ante, the dough pounding sauce patrol at Corbett and Claude are shaking up the humble bar menu like a diet Fanta. How many bars offer salted caramel waffles for dessert? Exactly. Now firing pizzas on Adelaide Street, Corbett and Claude have become the preferred slice merchants of the corporate set.
Little Clive, Annerley
French toast stack like heavenly Jenga, moreish muffins and bakery-fresh pastries adorned with micro botanicals makes Little Clive the jewel in the crown of Brisbane’s hub of breakfast porn. How have you managed not to see them blowing up on Instagram?
Fuel + CO, Nundah
Super fresh Nundah newbie, Fuel + CO won’t be tied down in commitment to the same menu week in and week out. Their ever-changing specials keep the chalkboard fresh so it’s not like boredom is ever a problem. They make and sell their own jam (ideal for fangirls to haplessly dull the withdrawals during closing time) and plans are hatching for Fuel + CO to start moonlighting as a wine bar.
Let Minnow Café, Clayfield
Coffee from Byron Bay, tea from West End, crockery from Melbourne, sass from Clayfield. Boom: Let Minnow Cafe. New squids on the block are real sports about supporting Australian industry, building their entire breakfast/lunch operation on that minted homegrown talent. How does breakfast charcuterie sound? Or how about a cheeky little bahn mi? We’re frothing over the gravy boat with chips and haloumi, but they won’t let us order by the bucket.
The Hope and Anchor, Paddington
The Hope and Achor is a cheeky little character due to become the new local for Paddington punters just as soon as it fills out the nook on Given Terrace.
fitz + potts, Nundah
While you’re waiting for the fitz + potts dive bar/beer garden to throw open its doors and release its taps, just remember that patience is a virtue….
Cake & Bake, West End
The latest venture of Jocelyn Hancock (yes, that Jocelyn) is set to becomes a sweet Cake & Bake'd haven of everything worth looking forward to on cheat day. Once this baby launches there’ll be havoc in the streets so chug the kale juice while you still can.
Morning After, West End
Just the cure for the night before, this coming coffee joint promises a judgment-free zone when you turn up for a cuppa at Morning After in last night’s dress.
The Bleachers, West End
The ingenuity of Ben’s Burgers is hopping across the river bringing a heft of burger swag to The Bleachers along with its own soft-serve machine.
Sailor and Walrus, Manly
Sailor and Walrus is set to be a tapas and wine bar with fresh sea air; what more could you possible ask for?