Food and holidays go hand in hand. More often than not when you get back from your vacation the first thing you’ll tell your friends and family about is that amazing restaurant or cafe you went to, the one that perhaps you frequented more than once on your short getaway. It could be the cafe where you got your morning coffee each day and by the end of the week the staff knew your name, your order and it felt like home, or it could be that flashy restaurant where you had that extravagant meal that you couldn’t pronounce and a bit too much to drink, but one thing’s for sure our culinary experiences do define our holidays.
So we asked our followers to tell us their favourite cafe, restaurant or even hot dog stand whilst on holiday in Australia. The results are in, votes have been tallied and Queensland has come out on top! Read through this fabulous list (put together by YOU) of the most loved eateries around the country…you may just find your next great holiday story!
#1 – Brown Sugar Cafe, Brisbane QLD – The ethos behind this place is simple – delicious coffee, tasty food in a warm and inviting atmosphere. And it certainly delivers. Brown Sugar has accumulated a devout following since it’s opening in 2010 and visitors rave about it’s friendly service and consistently good food. It’s testament to the adage “do the simple things well” and you will reap the rewards. Devour their delicious Salmon and Eggs “Benny”! http://www.brownsugarcafeandbar.com.au
#2 – D.O.C Pizza & Mozzarella Bar, Carlton VIC – Critic’s rave about the pizza at this popular Lygon St precinct Italian. In an area that’s saturated with Italian restaurants you’re doing well if you can stand out from the crowd and D.O.C’s has managed to do just that. Their pizza’s are simple, fresh and delicious – the way the Italian’s intended them to be. The service and atmosphere are both top notch and only add to the feeling of an authentic Italian experience. http://www.docgroup.net/
#3 – The Roti Hut, Gold Coast QLD – We’re half a world away from Trinidad, but Calypso Col’s Caribbean Roti Hut at Mermaid Beach is as close to the real thing as you’ll get. Not only was the owner born in Trinidad, but his family brought the recipe with them on migration to Australia. Each dish is made from scratch. Rotis are all handmade, every potato used in the curry peeled by hand, without preservatives, artificial colourings or MSG. Besides the roti, Calypso Col’s Caribbean Chilli Sauce is the house specialty. Handmade from all natural ingredients, Col uses bright yellow chillies which he grows himself. http://www.rotihut.com.au
#4 – Parwana Afghan Restaurant, Torrensville SA – If you are after something a little different, that’s good value for money and an experience rather than just a meal, head to Parwana Afghan Restaurant in West Adelaide. The dumpling’s are to die for and with a menu that’s on weekly rotation there is always something new and delicious to try. The atmosphere is that of a fun, family-run venue with friendly staff and the smallish space is filled with the contented murmur of happy patrons. So you know it’s good!
#5 – Run Amuk Hotdogs, Fremantle WA – Sometimes, there is nothing that will suffice to hit the spot except a good ol’ fashioned hot dog. That’s where Run Amuk Hotdogs can help, they serve up huge, mouth-wateringly diverse hotdogs with authentic, locally-sourced bratwurst sausages. With filling’s to suit all palates and a vegetarian option, everyone will leave Run Amuk with their hotdog craving completely and utterly satisfied. http://www.runamuk.com.au
#6 – All’ Antica Italian Restaurant, Sunshine Coast QLD – This “little” Italian is a little off the beaten track and so Sunshine Coast locals love to claim it as their “secret spot”. Not for much longer, the secret’s out! All’ Antica at Buddina on the Sunshine Coast offers delicious, authentic Italian cuisine at very reasonable prices. Their pizza’s have more toppings then you can poke a bread stick at and their seafood hot pot is to die for. It get’s busy so book ahead to avoid disappointment. http://www.allantica.com.au
#7 – Nourishing Quarter, Redfern NSW – Special dietary requirement folk rejoice! Nourishing Quarter in the trendy Sydney suburb of Redfern has got you covered. With a menu that focuses on providing gluten-free and vegan options that are equally tasty as their gluten and meat-product counterparts, Nourishing Quarter hits the nail on the head. Try the delicious rice paper rolls and the fabulous selection of gluten-free cakes for a spot of indulgence.
#8 – The Source, Hobart TAS – Situated above the famed MONA in Hobart, The Source is a fine dining experience you won’t soon forget. With a menu designed to be enjoyed as a degustation and a sommelier dubbed the “Best in Australia” on hand to pick your accompanying wines, you walk out of The Source knowing you’ve just been served up a top-shelf experience. The dedicated and knowledgeable staff really only add to the feeling that everything in this restaurant is done with purpose and skill. Paired with a visit to the museum it becomes a fabulous trip to remember. http://www.mona.net.au/mona/restaurant
#9 – Moorish Cafe, Darwin NT – Specialising in fresh, local Territorian seafood fused with the flavours of the Mediterranean and North-Africa, Moorish Cafe has grown a cult-following amongst the foodies of Darwin. Choose from an extensive tapas menu, a tapas banquet or simply order your own Main and Dessert. For the ultimate in relaxed dining, book the capacious daybed, recline on cushions with a “Darwin sunset” cocktail and perch barefoot and cross-legged while your dishes are served on a huge wooden chest. http://www.moorishcafe.com.au
#10 – The Sweatshop, Townsville QLD – Jaffles. The Sweatshop is all about jaffles. And who doesn’t love a good jaffle? Punter’s rave about the simple and delicious offerings and the quirky decor. Food is great value for money and the coffee is brewed to perfection. Their motto is not to charge for all of those “little” extra’s like soy milk and extra filling’s that so many other places seem to overcharge you for. Give the Cheeseburger Jaffle a go and you won’t be disappointed. http://www.thesweatshop.com.au
The great thing about Australia is that we have such amazing produce and so many creative and talented foodies that there is an abundance of unique and delicious eateries on offer across the country. This list represents some of the best, as chosen by our Affordable Holidays followers, and we sure hope you get to give them a go on your upcoming getaways.
To book a getaway of your own to any of these tasty locations visit our website and then call our friendly reservations team on 1300 468 268 to arrange your stress-free booking.