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Best Places To Eat And Drink In The South

By Carin Pickworth - 16 May 2016

If you want some top nosh there’s no place nicer than some of the Coast’s southern charmers to get your mouth watering.

Hipsters are starting to hop their Havaianas along to places like Moffat, Dicky’s and Kings Beach, as areas previously stamped as “family hot spots” morph into the cool places to be seen.

We’ve dished up a list of our fave places in the south to sample foodstuffs, most often with a cup of some of the best coffee on the Sunshine Coast. Ready? Thought so!

The Pocket Espresso Bar | For cool vibes and breakfast pies

If you’re an early riser the sunrise across Moffat Beach is none too shabby as you sip on your choice of the many-a-memorable caffeine indulgences on offer. Had a big night? Downing one of the highly-rated breakfast pies won’t do you any harm, and the blissed-out smooth wooden décor, and trendy trims will take you straight to rancho relaxo. Don’t stress if you’re not a morning person, this little gem has sunset beer, wine, and cocktail offerings as well.
Where: 1/8 Seaview Terrace, Moffat Beach

Coco Loco Club | For lunchtime larrikinism

Bright, bold, and a little bit kitsch, this little hidey hole is also a Moffat Beach treasure.
This is the place for all of you health-conscious hobos to get down to if you’re keen on basing your daily dietary needs around an absolutely delectable juice or smoothie. These things are seriously yum and packed with goodness—you’ll just feel healthier when you’ve got one in your hand, trust us. For bigger appetites try a yoghurt fix or one of the funky feasts on offer that day. You can’t see the beach directly from this one, but you can smell it and feel it in their fare.
Where: 3 Roderick Street, Moffat Beach

Sunshine Sunshine Espresso | Because, coffee

These guys are serious bean nerds; they even roast them on site. Don’t even think about dropping into Sunshine Sunshine Espresso without giving their signature blend, Sunny Boy original, a try. That stuff is like liquid gold, it can pretty much cure ills and will make you look better and be smarter, and stuff. Even if that’s not totally true, this joint matches their excellent coffees with homemade croissants, cronuts, cruffins, and donettos. If you don’t know what a donetto is, here and now is the time and place. Get there and get pastry educated ASAP.
Where: 23/9 Lomandra Drive, Currimundi

Mets on Kings | The view… OMG the view…

The well-priced feeds being served up at Caloundra’s resident “surf club” aren’t only delish, but they’re served against a backdrop of one of the Coast’s best views—the queen of them all – Kings Beach. Technically called the Metropolitan Caloundra Surf Live Saving Club, Mets on Kings dish up a unique twist on your classic counter meals and did we mention the unbeatable views across Kings Beach to Moreton Island? Like you can literally see the sand dunes on Moreton, from your seat, while you eat and drink… you picking up what we’re putting down?
Where: 1 Spender Lane, Kings Beach

The Naked Turtle | The all-rounder

Come one, come all, this little cutie on the corner has something for everyone. Try the tasty fish and chips from their Hungry Hippo outlet or dine in for a super affordable café-style breakfast. It’s too good to pass up! Expect lunch specials that are kind on your wallet and a chilled out vibe in the alfresco area for evenings. The glimpses of Kings Beach through the trees don’t hurt either!
Where: 2/79 Edmund Street, Kings Beach

Frocals | The new kid on the block

This place has only just opened but the coffee calls for one of those little emojis where you put your index finger and your thumb together in pure adoration. Some local groceries and pretty yummy gelato are already for sale and we can’t wait to see what else Frocals has in store for us when they rev up their offerings. Until then, we’ll just knock back their coffee in buckets—it really is that good.
Where: 5/79 Edmund Street, Kings Beach

Beau’s | The hangover cure

If you’re in need of some hearty breakfast fare, make sure you pay a visit to Beau’s at Kings Beach. Choose from Insta-worthy dishes like banana pecan granola, the “Good Morning” (a big breakfast containing nitrate-free bacon, smoked salmon, free-range eggs, haloumi, avocado, sourdough, and relish), winter butter beans, and a Spanish baked omelette.
Where: 34 Esplanade Headland, Kings Beach

Lamkin Lane | The laneway gem

Although it might be secreted away in a little laneway in the middle of Caloundra, Lamkin Lane Espresso Bar rakes in a lot of attention. And rightly so. Pumping out what’s been rated as some of the best coffee on the Sunshine Coast, if not Australia, if you’ve never dropped by this cute-as-a-button spot, make it your next detour on the way to the beach. Food options are limited but you can still satisfy cravings for a sweet treat with decadent brownies, cookies, tarts, and slices.
Where: 31 Lamkin Lane, Caloundra

Three Bar and Grill | The diamond of Dicky’s

Wedged between Moffat and Currimundi, Dicky Beach got real lucky when Three Bar and Grill decided to set up shop in its domain. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, this is our pick if you’re looking for something a bit spesh, but without the fine-dining price tag. Lamb shanks, pork belly, pan-fried Snapper… without going through the whole menu, it’s pretty epic.
Where: 1/6 Beerburrum Street, Dicky Beach

Image Credit: Rikki Lancaster for Metropolist

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