If you're looking to show your bestie a bit of love, what better way to show them you care than to wine and dine them with a damn fine lunch?
Breakfast tends to be the culinary show pony around this town, but at The Urban List we hold a soft spot for a good old lunch time feed. From wholesome and balanced to the damn right calorifically criminal, Brisbane does a bloody good lunch; check out some of our favourite spots for cute friend dates.
Red Hill, Teneriffe
Botanica should be first on your list if you’re hunting down a quick meal to take away (picnic date in the park anyone?). Opt for the salad box which comes with three salads of your pick for just $11. How does Swiss chard, barley, walnuts, lemon and feta sound? You'll obviouly be picking up a cupcake or two—their strawberry flavour is nigh on iconic in this town.
Sourced Grocer has long been feeding the hungry hoards of Teneriffe with a menu jam-packed with incredible local ingredients. Treat your bestie to their infamous green smoothie and the cabbage pancakes; it's what everlasting friendships are made of.
If you're having a proper shit day where absolutely nothing can turn that frown upside down (let's face it, we've all been there), a measly salad is not what you need. What you need is to share a bucket of deep fried chicken wing goodness courtesy of NeNe Chicken, with your fave person. When life gives you lemons, eat fried food with pals...
Corbett & Claude
If you're catching up with the gang for a mid-week lunch but are looking for something slightly more classy than the Queen St HJ's, then Corbett & Claude is ideal. Build your own cheese board (yes, really!), tuck in to incredible wood-fired pizzas or go their crazy-good gnocchi; trust us, this is a real lunchtime treat, minus the exxy price tag.
Miss Bliss Wholefoods
Cute-as-a button Brisbane cafe Miss Bliss knows how to serve up a decent lunch that hits all the right spots when you and the bff need a feed. Peach, banana and coconut smoothie, anyone? Marinated tofu and Asian slaw burger? What about miso seared salmon poke? Miss bliss has you sorted.
Mondo Organics has a pretty stellar menu, known for their dishes that air on the side of healthy—perfect if you and your crew have just finished a weekend gym sesh. How does soba noodle salad, with sprouts, chilli and marinated spatchcock sound?
Fortitude Valley and Portside Warf
Pineapple Express is the perfect spot for chilling with your pals if you need to satisfy your sweet tooth. With dishes like the jerk chicken and pineapple, and their menu stuffed to the brim with gorgeous looking acai bowl, you'll spend half your lunch date deciding what to order. Give in to temptation and try a bowl of coco whip for a crazy-delicious sweet treat.
Serving the good people of Brisbane for over 30 years, Pamela’s Pantry is a nest of wholesome salads, pastries, sweet treats and more with the feel of a home-cooked meal. Their iconic caramel tarts is exactly the kind of treat you have earned (sharing is completely optional).
Prefer a spot where you can get a few drinks in you? Here's Brisbane's best spots for a boozy lunch.
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