Brisbane’s best comfort food destinations

Brisbane’s best comfort food destinations

In an era of #cleaneating, it’s no wonder that sometimes all we want to do is treat ourselves to something delicious, heart-warming and, most likely containing a healthy dose of kilojoules.

By Hannah Doody | 18th June 2014

Here is Style’s guide to where to find those feel-good foods that will leave you all warm and fuzzy inside this winter.

Chester Street Bakery & Bar

picture of lamb and salad

Lamb at Chester Street

Bakery by day, bar by night, Chester Street has proved a winning concept of lawyer turned hospitality guru Damian Griffiths. Whether it be the Roman-style pizzas, mouth-watering dessert menu, or simply taking in the cosy vibe as their signature organic sourdough bread bakes inside the striking blue tiled wood fire oven, this place will make you feel right at home. The honeycomb parfait with chocolate sauce is a stand out, along with the banana and caramel cake with malted cream cheese frosting.

32a Chester Street, Newstead

Carolina Kitchen

Ribs and chips


Let’s face it - nowhere does it better than America when it comes to comfort food, and this unassuming fluro-lit takeaway café takes you straight to the heart of the Deep South. Red and white chequered table cloths cover the tables and photos of Louis Armstrong decorate the walls of this small diner in suburban Coorparoo, which nearly always has a queue out the door. It is really hard to pick a favourite from this all-American menu, but if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, the spicy buffalo wings with blue cheese dipping sauce, finished off with a slice of their famous spiced pumpkin pie is a perfect combination.

Shop 2, 38 Macaulay Street, Coorparoo


Cowch's strawberry blonde pizza with hot chocolate

Cowch's strawberry blonde pizza with hot chocolate

Newcomer to the Brisbane dining scene, Cowch is a dessert cocktail bar situated on South Bank’s Grey Street. Whether you drop in for churros and a coffee for breakfast, a banana and peanut butter pizza for lunch, or a sticky date pudding with a shot of baileys for dessert, this bar has all manner of sweet cravings covered. It is also a great spot to unwind on a Friday night – gather around the fire pit and work your way through the drinks menu which boasts some very creative combinations – marshmallow martini anyone?

Shop 2, 179 Grey Street, South Bank

Shady Palms

Shady Palms sliders

Shady Palms sliders

This refurbished Queenslander offers a haven of relaxed atmosphere and great food in the up-and-coming Stones Corner precinct. With two bars, a café, a restaurant and a sprawling beer garden, this space is so welcoming that it feels as though you’ve stumbled into an old friend’s house. Their eclectic menu sits somewhere on the border of the US and Mexico, with some indulgent combinations which aren’t for the faint hearted. For breakfast, there’s buttermilk hotcakes with roasted pineapple, ginger beer ice cream, coconut and almond crumble and blackberry compote. For lunch, there’s pork belly sliders, deep fried pickles with ranch sauce, or gluten free tacos with chimmichurri. After you wash that down with one of the craft beers available on tap, the oreo cheesecake icecream sandwich will definitely put a smile on your face.

427 Logan Road, Stones Corner


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Article by Hannah Doody

Hannah is a former journalist at Style Magazines. When she is not exploring new parts of the world, you will find her at music festivals, or on her eternal quest for the best breakfast in Brisbane.


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