Whether it’s the country folk swaying to live cover songs, fresh beer straight from the tap or the crazy 90s carpet in the pokies room, everyone needs a good local pub.
Why? Because you can sink your teeth into a steak sarnie and chips when you’re feeling a little dusty; you don’t need to dress up (but neat casual, please); and you can simply chillax and mix with the people. Because everyone is equal in the pub.
So to that end, we have gathered up the best pub meals on the Sunshine Coast, but we aren’t talking fancy pants fare here (you know, like tiny meals on big plates).
Just good old-fashioned pub grub like schnittys, pies, parmas, fish and chips, burgers, and steaks—big meals overflowing on big plates!
In no particular order, here are 21 of our favourites:
1. The Peregian Beach Hotel’s panko crumbed chicken parmigiana with chips and slaw. Oh, yeah.
2. Taps Mooloolaba’s chicken wings. Take your pick between honey sesame, crispy fried chicken, buffalo, teriyaki, butter chicken or hot wings. Going for the spicy option? Beware, these wings are made with habanero chillies and even the mild are not for the faint-hearted! But finger-dripping good, yes they are.
3. The Wharf Tavern’s wagyu beef, chunky steak pie is slow-cooked in a silky onion gravy and encased in golden, flaky pastry. It comes served with mash potato, mushie peas, and gravy. Tick!
4. Rick’s Garage Diner makes a mean vegetarian burger. It’s giant, drippy and delicious! All their burgers are great, but if someone can make a vegetarian burger that is just as good as the rest, you know you’ve struck a winner of an establishment.
5. You go to the Buderim Tavern for steak and chips, but aim high. Ditch the rump for the eye fillet and you will not be disappointed (insert love-heart eyed emoji!).
6. Brightwater Hotel’s chicken, avocado, and bacon burger served with chips and aioli. Need we say more?
7. Landsborough Pub’s American pork ribs topped with Coca Cola plum sauce. Well, alrighty then!
8. After tasting O’Malleys Irish Pub’s lamb and Kilkenny Irish stew, you’ll be dancing a jig! The tender, slow-cooked, and chunky lamb is braised with root vegetables in Kilkenny, thyme, and tomatoes. All this with a colcannon mash and crusty bread. Aye, aye!
9. Pop into hinterland favourite Yandina Hotel, for “the best steak and sandwich ever” featuring prime rib fillet with fried onion, bacon, cheese, lettuce, and barbecue sauce. Add a side of chunky chips and aioli, and you can’t beat it.
10. The Duporth Tavern’s Hawaiian schnitzel topped with house tomato salsa, ham, pineapple, and melted cheese. Mahalo!
11. The Post Office’s slow-braised lamb shanks with creamy mash, green beans, and a red wine and thyme-infused sauce.
12. Like your ribs? Beerwah Hotel does a mean slow-cooked, barbecue beef ribs in a sticky, chilli plum sauce. Or try the Peachester twice-cooked pork belly.
13. Golden Beach Hotel’s $11.90 roast of the day for lunch on weekdays is a hit with locals. Or get your fangs into the double-crusted chicken kiev. Mmm…
14. Coolum Beach Hotel’s tapas tower features duck and plum spring rolls, 60-second calamari, natural oysters, buffalo wings, bruschetta, and dipping sauces. www.coolumbeachhotel.com.au
15. The Imperial Hotel offers some fantastic pub fare, but you can’t go past the traditional caesar salad with bacon, anchovies, croutons, parmesan cheese, and poached egg. Brilliance!
16. Your eyeballs will widen when you see the trawler platter for two at Kawana Waters Hotel, boasting a mix of crumbed prawns, scallops, soft shell crab, lemon pepper squid, battered fish, chilled king prawns, and natural and kilpatrick oysters. All served with lemon, tartare, seafood sauce, chips, and salad.
17. Put slow-braised beef and flaky pastry together and this classic Guinness pie at Montville Cafe Bar and Grill will have you chomping at the bit! This pie experience also involves bacon and aromatics encased in a golden, poppy seed crust, complemented with creamy mash and a beetroot salad.
18. It’s time to “Parma-Rama” at CBX Caloundra on Tuesday nights with 11 topping choices for $16.90. Or go the $22 reef and beef on Wednesdays.
19. Pelican Tavern’s chicken mignon is chicken breast wrapped in bacon and topped with mushroom sauce; served with chips and salad. Did someone just say chicken AND bacon?
20. The bar menu at Joe’s Waterhole offers cheap pub grub for under $10, such as the fillet steak sandwich, chicken schnitzel burger, crumbed fresh barramundi fingers, and club T-bone steak.
21. The Alex’s battered or grilled coral trout is melt-in-your-mouth and served with your choice of two sides. Boo-yah!
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