What To Eat This 4th of July | Brisbane’s Best American Restaurants

By Lauren Kavanagh
4th Jul 2014

Whether you're American or not, everyone loves a holiday, ammiright? And with the 4th July fast approaching, we say why not celebrate the occasion with Brisbane's best American food?

To pay homage to the 4th of July holiday, and in celebration in all that is great about American culture (read: wings, burgers, ribs, whiskey, CHEESE FRIES) we've compiled a list of Brisbane's best American restaurants. Yee haw!

Mighty Mighty

Mighty Mighty is about as authentic American as you'll find here in Brisbane. Think smoked beef brisket, jalapeno poppers, pork Boston butt, and barbeque short ribs. We've recently crowned them Brisbane's best rib restaurant, and after one bite of their melting ribs recipe, you'll know why. Not just for the big meat eaters, Mighty Mighty also do an awesome jambalaya, and — if you can believe it — a wickedly good vegetarian option. They also have an impressive selection of American craft beers to wash down all that American goodness. Y'all need to get down here!


New Valley cool kids, Greaser are holding a 4th of July party to celebrate their first ever foray into the live music scene. You can expect their famous cheeseburgers, dogs, Southern fried chicken, and tunes from The Valley Cats and James Wright, while you raise a pickleback to the US of A.

The Fox

They may not have fireworks, but The Fox's Longbar has everything else you need to ring in this 4th of July in true American style (that's with a brewski in one hand, chicken wing in the other). Alongside the US beers on offer — including Budwieser and hipster fave, Pabst Blue Ribbon — they'll be dishing up burgers, hot wings, and beef tacos. The party kicks off at The Fox from 11am. God bless America. 

Billy Kart Kitchen

For the whole month of July, you can get your fix of American chow on a Friday night at new Brisbane fave, Billy Kart Kitchen. You'll find all the classics on this American-themed menu: buffalo wings, clam chowder, Maine lobster rolls, bourbon glazed pork belly, and — heck yes — cheesy fries, to name just a few. Ben O'Donoghue's themed Friday nights have a cult following among in-the-know locals, and his 4th of July special is no exception, so book yourself a seat now!

Papa Jacks

For all things 4th of July, Papa Jacks is a safe bet. An authentic taste of the South, with a drink and food menu that's heavily influenced by New Orleans, you'll find headliners such as the wagyu beef and creole cream cheese burger, the club croque sandwich with spicy béchamel, ham and swiss cheese, plus an assortment of authentic American sides. They do also do legit' New Orleans cocktails, like Hurricanes and Sazeracs.

Southside Diner

South Side Diner encompasses everything we love about the US of A, and no list of Brisbane's best American restaurants would be complete without it. This cute little diner creates an oasis of '50s nostalgia in the heart of South Bank, offering a mixture of local, fresh American style fare. Complete with everything you'd expect to see in an American diner —  booth seating, swivel bar stools, cherry pie, and endless cups of coffee — Southside Diner is a prime location for your 4th of July party.

Nantucket Kitchen and Bar

If there was ever any doubt about our addiction to all things American, the opening of Nantucket Kitchen and Bar certainly put those to rest — we are nuts about this new American offering. The menu dishes up a more sophisticated version of Americana — less finger licking, more finger bowls. Of all the exquisite plates on offer, the signature crab cakes are the cream of the crop. A trio of fat, panko-crumbed patties with nothing to overpower the pure sweetness of spanner crab. And if you make it past the scrumptious menu, you'll land right in the middle of Nantucket's calorie busting dessert menu. Because no 4th of July celebration would be complete without chocolate and salted caramel tart and honeycomb ice cream.  

Where's your pick for the best American restaurant in Brisbane?

Image credit: Chris Kytta

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