Foodie Hot Spot – Logan Road

Besides being famous for The Gabba cricket and AFL ground, the chic ambient inner-city suburb of Woolloongabba is becoming even better known for its food scene. Tucked away off Logan and Ipswich roads, Woolloongabba’s five ways precinct on Logan Rd is a Brisbane foodie hot spot and a little slice of Europe. Here you will find bars, restaurants and cafes housed in heritage-listed buildings alongside fashion boutiques and antique shops.

This foodie hot spot is constantly evolving with a mix of long standing establishments and new kids on the block. One of the things we love most about this hot spot is that you can go from brunch to lunch, to an afternoon drink, to dinner (and even more drinking) without even having to get in the car.

We’ve listed some of our favourite venues in the five ways precinct to take you from breakfast to dinner.

 

Grinders Coffee

Foodie Hot Spot Logan Road

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Grinders Coffee was established in 1962 in Lygon Street, the centre of Melbourne’s famous Italian Quarter. Giancarlo and Rino wanted to bring the authentic taste of European coffee to Australia and the legend was born when they opened Grinders Coffee House. Today, they continue to strive to produce the highest-quality coffee blends for Australia’s booming café and restaurant scene – and now for an increasingly astute domestic market.

Grinders Coffee has just opened a swanky new specialty coffee hub and training school in Woolloongabba, not only delivering cups of fine single origins and blends but also training up the next generation of all-star baristas.

This new coffee-lovers haven is a great spot to kick start your morning. The venue marks a new phase for Grinders, which is combining an educational component and a shift towards some specialty offerings across its major hubs.

 

The Baker’s Arms

Foodie Hot Spot Logan Road

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The Baker’s Arms oozes charm with exposed brick walls, vintage wallpaper, dark timber finishes and a glossy green tiled bar. This specialty Bakehouse serves up breakfast and lunch, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options, as well as preparing carefully crafted Campos coffee.

If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, their display case is chock-full of cakes, tarts and assorted sweet treats. It is perfect for a morning or lunchtime visit.

 

Pearl Cafe

Foodie Hot Spot Logan Road

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Pearl Cafe captures the ambience of the area. The cafe, like The Bakers Arms, is fitted out with exposed brick walls, along with wooden and antique detailing, beautiful lighting, and a small, but delicious, produce-driven menu.

The menu is heavy on nostalgia, with dishes such as a cheesy Croque monsieur, rabbit pie, and a fish-finger sandwich. Upstairs, The Servery is open for wine, cheese, and charcuterie for private functions. Private dining is also available in the beautiful, Roast Room.

Pearl has a cult following and an unrivalled breakfast, and brunch menu. Considering this, it makes for a great breaky spot.

 

Detour Restaurant

Foodie Hot Spot Logan Road

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Former Public executive chef Damon Amos has branched out on his own to create Detour. He works his magic preparing and plating food in full view of diners.

Detour caters well for the dietary sensitive, with its menu split into omnivore and herbivore options, and has a completely gluten-free kitchen – only a couple of dishes contain gluten with those glutenous elements prepared off site.

The drinks list is concise but curated, featuring just six whites, six reds, three rosés, three champagnes, plus cocktails and beers.

This is a newly established venue which only opened at the beginning of this year. Not only is it stylish with an interesting menu, Detour is open late with its kitchen operating until 11:00 pm.

Being open so late, it is obviously a great late dinner spot.

 

1889 Enoteca

Foodie Hot Spot Logan Road

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1889 Enoteca is an award-winning Brisbane restaurant renowned for serving some of Brisbane’s best Italian cuisine. This is definitely a place for wine lovers because it is also home to an impressive wine bar, vinaio, (wine library) and a beautiful underground cellar for private dining and functions.

1889 Enoteca serves traditional Roman fare and hand-made pasta. The cosy, sophisticated setting provides a perfect backdrop for this authentic Italian experience. Like Detour, Enoteca is a little more upmarket to the casual cafes we mentioned earlier.

The restaurant is open on select days for lunch and dinner, so if comforting Italian food and great wine is what you feel like, this is definitely the place for you.

 

Canvas Club

Foodie Hot Spot Logan Road

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Their philosophy is simple: great food, a relaxed cool vibe, and interesting cocktails. They serve what they like to call Spanish cuisine with a Southern accent: rustic but modern comfort food and twists on classic dishes and cocktails, plus home-baked desserts that will make you feel like a kid again.

Canvas also has a selection of boutique wines and craft beer and are passionate about using only the freshest fruit and premium spirits in their range of cocktails.

Although they only have a limited Tapas menu, each item are signature dishes, which Chef Jared has refined over the past few years to make them some of the best Tapas dishes in Brisbane.

Cocktails are what are the real focus outside of their tapas and pair perfectly with each dish. Along with some of the best cocktails in Brisbane, their bartenders have won numerous awards and contests.

Whether you’re after food or a drink, Canvas, in our opinion is a must visit.

 

Electric Avenue Jr

Foodie Hot Spot Logan Road

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Electric Avenue is the latest project from the boys behind Canvas Bar – a comfortable spot for diners and revellers to take a step back in time. It is a venue that pays tribute to Woolloongabba’s history as an antique hot spot.

Electric Avenue boasts a fun vintage vibe along with new light fixtures, a host of comfortable furniture, a revamped bar area, a toy room-themed hangout spot and a separate 50-seater bistro.

The kitchen produces delicious bistro fare, blending fine-dining techniques with a casual approach. Here you can choose from a range of entrees, mains, desserts, bar snacks and cheeses.

Electric Avenue is well stocked with everything you could fancy sipping, including 75 kinds of wine from all corners of the globe, tap and bottled beer and five specialty cocktails to put to your lips.

But, that’s not all. This new venue also boasts a hidden bar.  Head upstairs and head through a closet in the wall and you will find Jack Rabbits – one of Brisbane’s coolest speakeasy whisky bar.

 

These are just 7 of the great venues in this foodie hot spot, but after reading all about them, I’m sure you’ll agree they make this an amazing foodie hot spot to visit.

 

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Secret Foodie Hot Spot

When you think of great food spots you might think of Melbourne, Barcelona or Rome, but Brisbane has some amazing food too. Brisbane’s West End, South Bank Precinct and Fortitude Valley are all areas recognised for their delicious food scene. However, there are also a number of other suburbs that make a great secret foodie hot spot.

Clayfield, in my opinion, is one of Brisbane’s best secret foodie hot spot and here’s why.

Clayfield is less than three square kilometres in size, but it is full of foodie delights. It has both good cafes and restaurants and has some great fresh food markets in case you want to cook something up at home.

Here are four places that I believe make Clayfield one of Brisbane best secret foodie hot spots.

 

Let Minnow Cafe

Secret Foodie Hot Spot Let Minnow

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This is a cafe I frequent a lot and for good reason. Let Minnow Café comes from a family that shares a love for food and Brisbane. Their meals reflect the Brisbane region: its climate, its farmers and its culture, which is really why I love this place.

They restored the beautiful 100-year-old house, formerly known as the Clayfield Aquarium, hence the name references a fish. Minnow means – a small freshwater Eurasian fish of the carp family, which typically forms large shoals. It has been beautifully restored so that its rich historical character remains and another interesting thing is that they’ve actually used the VJ panels they took off the walls for the table tops.

Food miles are really important to these guys, which is why they source the majority of their fruit and vegetables from a 160km radius of Brisbane. And is also why they have a beehive and herb garden set up in their very own backyard. Can’t get much fresher than that!

Although you’ll find a lot of delicious dishes on their menu, I personally think their barramundi tacos are hard to pass up.

 

My Mistress

Secret Foodie Hot Spot My Mistress

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This is another amazing Clayfield cafe, that is starting to become a popular breaky spot with the locals. If you’re looking for a great breakfast spot with amazing coffee 7 days a week, this little gem is what you need.

They have a quality menu made-up of tasty all-day breakfast and lunch items. With healthy items like their Amazonia Acai Bowl with seasonal market fruit to more decadent dishes like the french toast with smoked bacon, maple syrup, it certainly has something for everyone.

 

The Wooden Horse

Secret Foodie Hot Spot The Wooden Horse

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So Let Minnow and My Mistress should have you covered for breaky and lunch, now for the main affair. Right around the corner from Let Minnow Cafe is The Wooden Horse on Junction Road. It is really a secret foodie hot spot in its own right.

This restaurant was created by two brothers who trained as chefs in different corners of Brisbane, have joined forces to make all this possible.

Something that makes this a great foodie spot is that they have a strong focus on using the freshest local produce. They do a great take on a number of classic dishes with a modern twist, which makes up most of their Modern Australian / Mediterranean menu.

It is somewhere you can also take your kids. It’s not the usual affair as they have a number of items that aren’t just junk food focused.

With a drinks list containing quality wines, beer and cocktails it certainly is a great venue to visit for a weekend celebration.

 

Clayfield Markets

Secret Foodie Hot Spot Clayfield Markets

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Lastly, markets. We all need some groceries, and for fussy foodies, you’ll likely be looking for some better quality produce. This is why I like to visit Clayfield markets when I’m in the area.

Amongst the fresh fruit and vegetables is a great range of deli products like Spanish and Italian meats, as well as fresh antipasto, freshly made gourmet dips, cheeses and more.is

They even have designer ice-cream and chocolates. Yum!

Another great perk is that there is also a butcher and seafood market next door so you can get all your fresh goodies at once.

 


 

So, there you have it. Four great venues that make Clayfield one of Brisbane’s little secret foodie hotspot.

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