Bars & Pubs

Pub Grubbin’ Take Two | Brisbane’s Best Pub Food

By AJ James
16th Oct 2013

This is about where to get really good pub food (in case you missed our previous pub food round up?). Because we've really come a long way in this town since eating at the pub meant facing a plate of mystery meat disguised as roast of the day, or a oddly very yellow looking chicken parmy. So, we've scoured the town's public hotels (aka pubs) to give you our pick of the ones dishing up good pub grub.

The Alliance
Call it by it's proper name, or its nickname of 'The Dalliance', but, whatever you call it, they dish up good food. From burgers at the bar (maybe a toasted brioche bun filled with pork shoulder, hot mustard slaw, pork shoulder, and house made bbq sauce) to facing a 500g Coorong T-bone steak topped with a fried duck egg in the bistro, you can't go wrong at The Alliance. Nick and the gang have taken the true pub classics and stepped it up a notch, and we like it all.

Statler & Waldorf
This new Caxton Street pub has an absolutely stellar line-up of twists on classic pub chow, including a Roast of the Day (think Bangalow duck and burnt-orange glaze), a Ploughman's offering, and a vegetarian Ploughman's offering. There's also an eggplant parmy, and, of course, thick-cut chips. 

The Embassy
They're both for a good time and a long time. They've been on Elizabeth Street since 1928, though these days the menu has a contemporary, slightly American feel, with the addition of sliders and chilli-cheese fries. You can, however, pick up a stellar steak sandwich with a free-range eye fillet, char grilled and nestled between organic bread, with house made HP sauce, caramelized onions, provolone cheese, other good things, and a side of hand-cut chips for $16. Yup. $16.

Deery's Restaurant
It's undergoing renovations right now, but Deery's is still operational via a scaled back 'pop up' restaurant, continuing to plate up modern versions of the classics, and doing it well. Fish and chips comes in the form of battered barramundi with Waldorf salad, tartare sauce, and crinkle cut fries, and their signature steaks, with your pick of one side and one sauce, are on offer too.

The Villager
Good things happen at The Villager! How about a their pie with peas and gravy? Or possibly a spiced pulled-pork sandwich with coleslaw and chutney? Something meaty and grilled? The beloved pork chop comes with a sultana stuffed apple, a cool update on the usual apple sauce. Delish'.

The Morrison Hotel
The steaks here have garnered a bit of a cult following. They're robust and so too is the choice of sides (ceasar or green salad, chips or potato).  They know what the punters want, and they serve it with gusto and speed. The also do Oysters Kilpatrick. A kitsch, retro classic.

Which public hotel do you love to frequent for some classic pub grub? Let us know in the comments below!

Image Credit: The Food Fox

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