When it comes to takeway, UberEats is bascially our best friend and we love the fact that we can get our hands on food that we didn’t have to cook ourselves.
And while there’s a time and a place for crappy drive-thru fast food (us writers are ALWAYS hungover and poor!) we don’t always want to soil our tastebuds with mountains of sugar and salt and fat.
So where on the Sunshine Coast can you find the best food to take home and eat on the couch in front of the good ol’ tele? We’ll tell you.
Larder & Baked
The amazing Larder & Baked does one thing exceptionally well, and that’s healthy and delicious takeaway food for a very fair price. How brilliant is that?! It’s something that’s been lacking in the Noosa foodie scene for a while, that was until beauty arrived. This place is a game changer for takeaway on the Coast and we can’t get enough.
Not only do El Capitano do epic pizzas with a 72-hour fermented sourdough base and seriously glam toppings (buffalo mozzarella, grana padano and truffle oil anyone?) you can order online and get it delivered straight to your door!
Kunara Cafe is tucked inside Kunara Organic Marketplace and they’ve got all your brekky and lunch takeaway needs covered. There’s heaps of gluten-free, vegan and paleo options, and everything has a focus on fresh, unprocessed and organic produce.
If you’re looking for a veggie fest for under $20, you can’t go past Gopals. Their curries and salads are always great, portions are really big and the veggie koftas are totally addictive.
For the best Thai food you’ve ever tasted (we promise) it’s definitely worth heading out to the Noosa Hinterland. This tiny restaurant only seats about 25 people, and their takeaway orders are nonstop all night. The fried rice with egg and house-smoked, salted salmon will change your life.
The Burger Bar
Noosa & Mooloolaba
Bringing new meaning to the ‘gourmet burger’ game, the Burger Bar serves up quality burgers with fillings like smokey bacon, brie, Wagyu beef and jalapeno relish. Roll up your sleeves, because things are about to get messy.
If you’re after some old-school, Italian, Amici is the place to go. As well as a huge range of pizza and pasta, they serve up chicken parmy, classic veal and little nibbly things like meatballs and arancini. They don’t just offer a huge takeaway menu. They also do home delivery around the Caloundra/Currimundi area, if you’re feeling extra lazy.
Tewantin, Coolum, Maroochydore, Beerwah
Even though Bombay Bliss has outlets all over the Coast, they’re not your average chain store. All the curries are great quality, and there are plenty of interesting, authentic options, including goat curry. They have some seriously good value deals if you’re feeding a crowd, so get the crew together and start ordering.
One of our all-time faves on the Coast, Junk have come to the rescue on more than one occasion when we’ve had to work through lunch or dinner to meet a deadline! They can package up all their dishes to go, and whatever you order, we guarantee it will be amazing.
This spot in Maroochydore is doing genius things with jackfruit. Who knew vegan burgers could taste so amazing? So if you live a plant-based lifestyle, but still love your loaded fries, consider MooFree your new home.
Locals may not forgive us for giving away their secrets, but if you haven’t tried Bao Down yet, get yo’self to Mount Coolum and start ordering! Vietnamese classics like bao and pho are their specialties, but they also whip up a mean Massaman curry, and their ramen is to die for.
Okay, we know that most of the fun of going to Rick's is the vibe. The diner-style restaurant, live music, cool memorabilia and the bikes out the front are kinda what draws us in. But if you aren’t up for a night out, then they offer takeaway on most of the items on their menu. But if you’ve ever seen the The Big One (possibly the most impressive burger on the planet) then you’ll understand why they DON’T offer it to take away!
Providore on Hastings
For the ultimate in luxe takeaway options, Providore on Hastings can help you stock up on just the basics—local cheeses, charcuterie and gourmet groceries—or if you need a bit more help, you can get prepared salads, sandwiches and ready-made meals for your Noosa adventure.
Another Maroochydore favourite, Pum’s Kitchen takes food court eating to a whole new level. Curries, stir fries, noodles, soups—we’re yet to find a dish that we haven’t fallen in love with.
Sushi Yah Man
For something that’s a bit lighter than burgers or pizza, Sushi Yah Man dishes up authentic Japanese dishes like gyoza, nigiri with miso soup, and okonomiyaki. But don’t be fooled, you can also grab comfort food like fried chicken, crispy prawns and less-than-authentic Mars Bar cheesecake.
Pizza Pizza Palmwoods
You can’t go past the original takeaway option—pizza. But Tracey and Rhiannon from Pizza Pizza do more than just pizza. They create amazing pizza bases with quinoa and gluten-free flour, and top them with 100% gluten-free toppings. So you can take them home and indulge!
We’re all about local produce, and Downtown Burgers are too. The burger patties are ground fresh and the buns are baked daily. They even let you order online for ultimate speed and ease of gettin' that burger in your belly.
Wikid Fish and Chips
Need a hit of salty, greasy fried goodness? Wikid is here for you. As well as your classic fish n chips, you can get hotdogs, burgers, hot chicken and daily specials if you’re looking for a bargain.
It’s almost impossible to resist the garden seating at Homegrown Cafe, but if you insist, all their breakfast and lunch options are available to take away. You can grab a little snack like a cake or soup, or go for something a bit more filling, like a Nicoise salad or pasta.
IKKO Japanese Kitchen
If you want to grab dinner on your way home, IKKO Japanese Kitchen is right on Aerodrome Road—easy for a quick drive-by chicken katsu or noodles.
You can’t go wrong with this amazing little local Indian. Deepak's samosas are fab, ALL their curries are amazing and you have to order the gulab jamun for dessert!
Craving the opposite of a quick takeaway? Here's our fave fine dining restaurants on the Sunshine Coast.
Image credit: Ariana Gillrie for The Urban List