As far as food revolutions go, the ol’ chicken parmigiana has been making a comeback since the early 80s and still remains as one Australia’s top comfort foods.
Sometimes confused with its biggest rival and nemesis Sergeant Schnitzel, the parmy can be identified by its crisp, crumbed exterior, sharp Napoli sauce, and delicious smothering of melted cheese. And, as if that wasn’t already enough deliciousness on one plate, it’s usually teamed with some sort of exotic signature topping, chips, and a salad.
Seriously, what more could you ask for? Except maybe an ice-cold beer and directions to the best Parmy in town. We’ve got you covered here with the best chicken parmys on the Sunshine Coast.
Now. While parmies are generally put under the comfort food category, there’s absolutely no reason why they can’t also dress up and play fancy. Solbar’s Roadies Parmy is pulling out the big guns with a macadamia satay crust, topped with Napoli, bacon, avo, and cheese, served with a Panzanella salad and champagne dressing. Can you handle? In our opinion it should be renamed the Posh Parmy. But that’s not gonna stop us from throwing on some lippy and heading over ASAP, is it?
Where: 10/12 Ocean Street, Maroochydore
Contact: 07 5443 9550
The Post Office
If you’re in more of an old-school kinda mood, then The Post Office (also on Ocean Street) make a more traditional parmy with a humble ham and cheese topping. They offer a daily lunch special between 11.30am and 2.30pm for only $16.50. And with a charming beer garden, retractable roof, TV screens, and live music on weekends, we won’t judge you for making it an extended lunch with an Uber ride home after midnight.
Where: 10 Ocean Street, Maroochydore
Contact: 07 5443 5443
Mrs Brown's Espresso and Bar
As it turns out, Mrs Brown’s parmies are in high demand making them a top contender among the best parmigianas on the Sunshine Coast. Thursday is Parmy Night and so popular with the locals that it’s a sell-out over a month in advance. Her Latino-inspired dish, the Sofia Vergara, is super saucy (just like Mrs Brown, apparently) topped with avo, salsa, sour cream, and cheese, and served with chips and salad. All for a loco $15 per plate. Totes worth waiting for—book now!
Where: 18/44 Simpson Street, Beerwah
Contact: 07 5494 6259
Imperial Hotel’s traditional chicken parmigiana comes with a great choice of chips, salad, seasonal vegetables, or kipfler potatoes. They like to keep us guessing with their occasional parmy specials, including the seafood parmy, veggie-topped parmy, New York parmy, and the Mexican parmy. That’s more variety than Eurovision 2016! Having undergone an artsy reno last year, there are too many great things to say about this place.
Where: Memorial Drive, Eumundi
Contact: 07 5442 8811
If you’re looking for a good feed with a bit of entertainment on the side, mosey over to Drift on a Wednesday night for one of the best parmigianas on the Sunshine Coast. They rock a $15 parmy with Mexican or Spanish toppings and then keep you going with raffles, meat trays, and live music. Plus, on the second Wednesday of every month, Your Mates Brewing Co. host a party featuring great live bands such as Buck Dean, Pop Cult, and the Unknowns. Sounds fun, right?
Where: 30 The Esplanade, Caloundra
Contact: 07 5438 2611
Pergegian Beach Hotel
Pssst! This has got to be one of the BIGGEST parmy dishes among our list of the best parmigianas on the Sunshine Coast. Beat the post-weekend blues with Peregian Beach Hotel’s Monday night Parmy & Pot deal. Panko-crumbed chicken with golden fries and salad, all washed down with a pot of beer, house wine, or soft drink, for only $15.90. Say whaaaat? Show Monday who’s boss and make it happen.
Where: 221-229 David Low Way, Peregian Beach
Contact: 07 5448 3111
Bertoni's Pizza And Pasta
Picky about your parmy and need a bit of choice? Bertoni’s is bringing it with eight, yes EIGHT, different toppings to choose from, including classic, Italian, creamy mushroom, Hawaiian, tropical, vegetable, Mexicana, and catch of the sea. So much diversity that Donald Trump is there right now building a wall to contain it.
Where: Thomas Street, Noosaville
Contact: 07 5442 4444
The Beach Bar And Grill
With an ocean view and winning selection of craft beer, The Beach Bar and Grill is looking pretty hot right now. They serve up their famous free-range chicken parmies with a super unique and delicious selection of toppings including pulled pork, meatballs, pig and pineapple, Mexican, ranch-style, and marinated seared prawns. Thursday is their famous chicken parmy night and for only $17, it really would be rude not to.
Where: Shop 11, Landmark Resort, Corner of The Esplanade and Burnett Street, Mooloolaba
Contact: 07 5444 4498
The Wharf Tavern
Golden brown parmy with Napoli sauce, champagne ham, three-cheese blend, chips, and salad, washed down with an ice cold beer on the deck overlooking the Mooloolah River at The Wharf Tavern. Followed up with live entertainment and some name-throwing at The Helm after. Weekend equals sorted. You’re welcome!
Where: Corner of Parkyn Parade and River Esplanade, Mooloolaba
Contact: 07 5444 8383
Friday with kids is usually pretty… well let’s be honest, boring. Enter: Parmi Parlour Friday at Buderim Tavern. For only $2, upsize your regular chicken parmigiana to big and beautiful. Add sour cream, avo, ham, salami, or chilli for $1 more. Admire the view and RELAX. Because you might not see the kids at all! They’re being entertained in the play area or chilling out in the mini cinema. With a huge, delicious kids menu added to the mix, Parmi Parlour Friday is like a crumbed slice of heaven.
Where: 81 Burnett Street, Buderim
Contact: 07 5453 3777
Ok so now you've had all those yummy cals and carbs what about a hike to work it off a little? We've rounded up the Best Next-Level Hikes On The Sunshine Coast here. Maybe you're still hungry? We've also rounded up the Sunshine Coast's Best Italian Restaurants here.
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