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Great Food, Great People, Great Times


We recently set out on a new article series with a few of our readers to discover South East Queensland’s best spots and this article is all about great food, great people and great times.
We’ve been out and about found some great places for just those moments, So welcome to the latest edition of #foodfind.

Backbone Bar & Kitchen

Great Food, Great People, Great Times
Kicking off our food find this month is a little bar that has a mantra sure to satisfy, Family Friends, Food and Booze with their aim to provide rotating craft beers, natural wines and amazing Asian food.
They remain proudly independent, with no contract taps meaning the freshest beer they can find and the carefully selected wine list from small-batch producers keep that booze ethos well alive.
Now we move to the kitchen where the handmade dumplings are to keep you coming back for more, but the thing that makes Backbone Bar and Kitchen so special is that drive to share a meal and a beer with the ones that matter most.

Head down and visit Ben and the team at 12/489 Gold Coast Highway, Tugun Qld.

Hobby Lane

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Our next destination would be well placed in the trendy suburbs of LA or anywhere but its right here in Mitchelton
With an international career spent as a chef to the rich and famous, Peter Shaw’s real passion now lies in his Mitchelton Hobby aptly named Hobby Lane.
A long-time owner and chef of local favourite Delicatezza, Peter recently extensively refurbished the cafe and gave it a rebrand, finally fulfilling his vision to make every aspect of the cafe truly his own.
In a career that has spanned more than 25 years, Peter has been the private chef of big names like Oprah Winfrey and Naomi Campbell. Even members of the royal family.
But Hobby Lane is where family man Peter has put down his roots, happily leaving behind the days when he baked apple pies for Oprah on yachts in the Mediterranean,

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“ My vision is for Hobby Lane to become a place worth travelling to for the foodies who tend to stick to the inner-city Brisbane establishments,” Peter said. “ we love our loyal customers – they are at the heart of what we have been doing out here for years, and we plan to build on our local following.
“Delicatezza was given its name by the previous owners who were focused on a deli-style of café. With the relaunch of Hobby Lane, they have created some new dishes, retained several favourites, and made the whole place Peters Own.
Customers have continued to enjoy all the hallmarks of the old café, while now also getting a taste of some new dishes Peter has created. “I like to be creative, and I’ve loved the experience of bringing in a new chef, James Cardile, to work together and really come up with unique and delicious dishes such as our Poke Bowl and the Ricotta Hotcakes.” Toby’s Estate continues to be the brew of choice for Hobby Lane, with the café now becoming the first Brisbane café north of the river to stock the Melbourne cult classic Butterbings.
Relax, chat & soak up the atmosphere of this trendy suburban cafe.
So seriously it is a must-visit destination for any Brunch or Lunch and definitely worth the trip to 4/43 Blackwood Street Mitchelton QLD 4053.

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The Roosevelt Lounge

Ever wanted to take a step back in time to listen to some great music have a bite to eat and enjoy everything a 1920s speakeasy had to offer then The Roosevelt Lounge is for you.
The Roosevelt is an inspired exclusive slice of Broadbeach this luxurious lounge bar. Has a vast offering of contemporary cuisine, with fabulous cocktails bringing a level of theatre, French champagne and impressive list of wines flowing,
This is a place to dress up and dance the night away to forget your troubles and be transported to a simpler time with live music on Thursdays, and DJ and Sax Friday and Saturday Nights.
Grab a group grab a table and create some memories at 75 Surf Parade Broadbeach, ( Next door to The Loose Moose)

Comuna Cantina

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What says good times more than vibrant, energetic Latin Culture you know the kind that always is cause for celebration.
Inspired by multiple cultures across South America, our next destination Comuna Cantina isn’t just a dining experience – grazing over good food and sipping delicious drinks is a way of life.
Tim Johnson, a Brisbane native, has been part of a cultural shift to casual dining for many years. In March 2016 he opened the first Comuna Cantina location in Brisbane, with the Gold Coast location opening not long after.
It’s all about South American street food and a Viva la Vida attitude. The high-energy buzz in the atmosphere is like no other.
The bright and lively interior is paired with some fantastic music so catchy you’ll be shimmy at the table giving you a dose of raw energy.
Forget those usual sit-down dinners with the forced small talk, in fact, at this venue movement is encouraged the staff day, “but first we dance!” and there’s no need to save it for the weekend they will give you a great pick me up any time of the week.
The place is even pumping with good vibes and good food at even Lunch on a Monday. The menu has something for everyone Create a whole platter for your table from their range of tacos, arepas and share plates. Join the festivities with their amazing cocktail menu if you’re looking for something fruity try the Comuna Colada, or looking for that rich chocolate n your life try the Nutella Espresso Martini.
So grab a group of friends, dress to impress, get ready for a great night. We suggest grabbing a jug of sangria for you and your amigos and kick on your dancing shoes.
And Comuna Cantina will do the rest. Brisbane (Albert Lane) Gold Coast ( Pacific Fair Shopping Centre)

Xenia Grill

Yiasou, it’s time to be transported to a little corner of Greece right here in Coolangatta, the team at Xenia grill pride themselves on bringing you the best cuisine and atmosphere just like you would find on The Greek Islands, enjoy souvlaki & meze while sipping on cocktails, or beer on tap.
Xenia only uses the best quality, fresh ingredients in all their dishes, fresh local seafood, free-range meats and locally grown produce at the keys to bringing you that perfect meal.
It’s all about a place to gather, socialise & celebrate there’s something for the whole family From start to finish, you are sure to enjoy the best of food, service and entertainment in the beachside setting with all of your favourite people.
If you’ve got a special occasion get in touch with them and organise for a night to remember who know’s maybe even break a few plates.
OPA! so get ready head down to Xenia Grill located on the Corner of Marine Parade and McLean St Coolangatta.

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