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9 American-style eateries on the Gold Coast

Brooklyn Depot (image supplied)
Brooklyn Depot (image supplied)

Yes, Americana fans, whether it’s the 4th of July or you just want a super-sized hot dog with the lot, the Gold Coast can cater to you. While it may not be widely acceptable to light fireworks and party in American flags here, you can get behind the land of the free and brave’s favourite pastime – overeating. Love ’em or hate ’em, those red-blooded yanks know what they are doing when it comes to grilling’ up dogs, burgers and ribs; and here are the Gold Coast’s top spots to get your American on.

Easy Street Diner
The team at Easy Street changed the American food game on the Gold Coast big time. Besides the super cool and Instagram worthy all American diner interior, the food is so good you’ll be back for more! It’s the optimum hangover hangout but be advised they’re usually super busy, even on a Monday. Food-wise, they’ve got it all, from Mac ’n’ Cheese to burgers to fried chicken (yes, even fried chicken with waffles and maple syrup). The most ordered burger on their menu though? Look no further than the Double Royale with Cheese, it’s simply double the meat, double the cheese and double the experience. Extra points for ordering in your best American accent à la Pulp Fiction.
Where: 2563 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

Easy Street Diner (image supplied)
Easy Street Diner (image supplied)

Brooklyn Depot
The guys at Brooklyn Depot set the bar high for all the other American eateries on the Coast. Get in there and chow down on bourbon-glazed beef brisket, good ole’ Texas Style Short Ribs or grab the Statue of Liberty hot dog sprinkled with potato chips. Not full yet, well wash it all down with one of their delectable assortment of authentic 1950s style shakes, we suggest The Nutty Professor with the sweetest combo of Nutella and Peanut Butter and a shot of Kahlua can be added for a little 18+ zing.
Where: The 4217, Beach Road, Surfers Paradise

Fat Freddy’s
Coined as a ‘clean-cut dive bar’, expect to see all the nostalgic odes to North American yesteryear at this Broadbeach hotspot. If you’re not there to catch live action sports, you must certainly go for the food. If it’s you and someone else, we highly recommend the Fat Freddy’s Feast: two burgers, loaded curly fries and four pieces of fried chicken wings. And if there’s space, a Chocolate S’more thick shake to wash it down! The effort at Fat Freddy’s has been to reinvent American Diner classics and provide late night eats until very late, seven days.
Where: 50 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Fat Freddy's (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)
Fat Freddy's (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

Eddies Grub House
All marinated in blues and rock n’ roll, Eddies Grub House is the go-to spot for a killer burger or fried chicken in Cooly whilst serenading you in the smoothest soundtrack of any bar around. The usual burgers can be found here but if you’re seriously hangry, go for The Triple BBQ Heartbreaker with 3 x char grilled 120g beef patties, TRIPLE bacon, TRIPLE cheese, red onion Boozy BBQ sauce and a special sauce. You might need a mate to tag team you on this one. While you are there, pick up an order of the cheese-topped and gravy slathered Chizzle and Grizzle Fries — outstanding. Then, settle yourself in, but don’t forget to taste your way through their impressive American whiskey collection.
Where: 171 Griffith Street, Coolangatta

The Loose Moose
Ok, we cheated a little on this one, but as Canada is a very close cousin to the USA, it’s still worth including. This Broadbeach venue promises ‘dirty food made clean’. So, if you’ve been craving Buffalo Wings (do you think you could handle them tossed in the Ass Burner sauce featuring the Carolina Reaper Chilli Sriracha, the hottest in the world?) or one of their four seriously awesome Hot Dawgs, go crazy and keep a relatively clear conscience (until you devour that Snickers Brownie at the end). Another Loose Moose selling point is their extensive bar selection, offering 130 whiskeys, 30 rums, 20 gins, 60 bottled beers, plus a large selection of vodka, cognac, tequila, wine and 25 beers on tap!
Where: Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach

Loose Moose (Image: © 2016 Inside Gold Coast)
Loose Moose (Image: © 2016 Inside Gold Coast)

Luckie’s Diner – The Collective
Pork Belly Nuggets are the gift that just keeps on giving, and if you haven’t dropped by The Collective in Palm Beach to try them out, we suggest you rectify this stat. The whole Luckie’s menu reads like a fantastical and delicious excuse to grab some friends and indulge in the guiltiest of cheat day meals. Share a variety of side plates to get started before chomping down into one of their classic burgers. You’ll be planning your next visit before you know it.
Where: The Collective 1128 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

House of Brews
House of Brews might be more famous for their controversial cocktails and endless selection of quality beers, but their food menu is definitely worthy of a mention! The Onion Ring Tower with Boston cheese sauce is the perfect start to your evening snack attack. Now can we introduce you to the Ultimate Wing Bucket… 100 wings for $100! You do the math, how few people can you invite to achieve your maximum wing annihilation? If there’s room, the usual Mac ’n’ Cheese and Cheesy Fries should round out your meal. It doesn’t get more American than that!
Where: 17 Orchid Ave, Surfers Paradise

TGI Friday's (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)
TGI Friday's (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

TGI FRIDAYS
Born in New York in 1965, the people of the Gold Coast rejoiced when the experts in American bar and grill diners opened in 2019 at Robina Town Centre (still the only location in Queensland). Arguably the founder of the iconic ‘Happy Hour’, TGI (thank god it’s) FRIDAYS is where it’s at all week! Offering all your favourite American dishes like Mac ‘n’ Cheese Bites, Wings (with five different sauces), ribs, burgers and some of the most decadent desserts around, make sure you leave enough room to fit in one of their ultimate cocktails.
Where: Robina Town Centre, Robina

Hard Rock Cafe
Every major city’s got one; Hard Rock Cafe is the ultimate American restaurant/sports bar (but interestingly, the first Hard Rock Cafe actually opened in London in 1971). But how many can say their iconic neon guitar sign caught on fire? Yeah, ours was a flaming’ guitar back in 2004! You can’t go wrong ordering the Original Legendary Burger (the burger that started it all), but of course you’ll need a side of Golden Onion Rings some beer or cocktails to wash it down, just make sure you save room for the Hot Fudge Brownie — the ultimate American experience for all the family.
Where: Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Hard Rock Cafe burger (image supplied)
Hard Rock Cafe burger (image supplied)

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