Wanna be the king (or queen) of the barbie this Australia Day? Bloody oath you do! Grab your tongs and get ready for our rundown of the best butchers on the GC. In honour of our fine country’s Aus Day, we’re doing a special round-up of the must-try sausages at each of these Gold Coast butchers, because what’s more Aussie than the humble snag?!
Standard Market Company Butcher
Located in the bustling centre of the Brickworks, a trip to the Standard Market Company Butcher will set you up with everything you need to knock the socks off even the most discerning meat connoisseur. Promising the best cuts and the best service, you’re invited to feast your eyes on a wide selection of grass and grain-fed steaks, custom-made gourmet sausages, and flavour-infused marinated chicken. You’ll even find more exotic delicacies like rabbit and crocodile – crikey!
Snag crush: Chicken Honey Macadamia Chicken Sausage. Anything involving macadamia has our name on it!
Where: The Brickworks, 107 Ferry Rd, Southport
Loveday’s Quality Meats
Okay, if you haven’t heard about Loveday’s and their endless accolades over the years, are you even a true Gold Coaster? Owner Andrew Loveday is sausage royalty here on the GC. Winning awards left right and centre for his snag prowess (local, regional, state and even national gongs), you’d be hard-pressed to find a more passionate butcher. His impressive selection of mouth-watering meats and signature snag varieties are like a party in your mouth. We’re talking up to 25 flavours at any one time (insert wide-eyed emoji)!
Snag crush: The Texan BBQ Sausage has its own fan club, but a special shout-out must go to the Vegemite and Cheese Sausage this time of year because, well, obvs!
Where: Treetops Shopping Centre, corner Bermuda St & Burleigh Connection Rd, Burleigh Waters
A GC favourite from way back when, although the Cavs cows may not greet you on the front lawn anymore (although there is a sneaky bovine sitting pretty on the balcony of the new you-beaut Cavills Steakhouse), it’s still one of the Coast’s number one butchers. Customers can take home just about anything appearing on Cavs’ extensive menu, including a wide selection of pre-prepared salads and sauces to accompany the premium aged eye fillets, t-bones, veal cutlets and many other succulent cuts.
Snag crush: The homemade Wagyu Beef Sausages have reached cult status.
Where: Metro Market, 33 Hollywell Rd, Biggera Waters
Gourmet Meats Gold Coast
Previously known as Nobby Beach Gourmet Meats, the always chipper Steve and team have been masters of meat in the Mermaid Beach, Miami and Nobbys Beach areas since 2009. If hormone and antibiotic-free meats get your motor running, this is the butcher for you! Health-conscious folk rejoice, as supplying free-range and grass-fed meats, organic and gluten-free options (including gluten-free sausages and sauces) is their thang, AND a lot of their stock is also paleo-friendly. The icing on the cake (or marinade on the meat) is quite literally that – the team will not only happily cut meat to suit your needs, but they’ll also marinade it at no cost. Legends!
Snag crush: Lamb and Mint Sausages. And all the more appropriate considering we are staring down the barrel of Australia Day. This one’s for you Sam Kekovich!
Where: Shop3/90 Markeri St, Mermaid Waters
We all know the Russians make a mighty fine vodka, but did you know their meat delicacies are also next level? This place will show you first-hand that we speak the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth! Owners Valentina & Alexander Lymar carry a full range of exotic, European-style smoked meats, chicken and smoked sausages, paying homage to a myriad of cultures. We’re talking 8 varieties of Russian dumplings, smoked sausages, liver pate, Kranskys, smoked bacon and hams, Ukrainian ham, sauerkraut, cheeses, home-made sour cream and Pirozhki (Russian meat and cabbage pie). YUM!
Snag crush: The Hunter Sausages. Pure Polish perfection!
Where: 1/35a Ern Harley Dr, Burleigh Heads
Not called kings for nothing, this powerhouse butcher brand has both ends of the GC covered with their two equally popular shopfronts. Proudly calling themselves the state’s Dry Aged Meat Specialists, they’re famous for gourmet produce and showcasing their meats in state-of-the-art salt rooms. In addition to their mouthwatering range of fresh premium beef, pork, poultry and lamb meat cuts, quality steaks and gourmet sausages, they also offer up delicious ready-to-cook meals, pies and kebabs. Now you’re speaking our language.
Snag crush: Wagyu, Cracked Pepper and Worcestershire Sausage *wipes drool from face*
Where: Runaway Bay Shopping Centre, 10/12 Lae Dr, Runaway Bay or The Kitchens, 4240/19 Robina Town Centre Dr, Robina
For those on the northside, you’ll no doubt be all over MacNab Bros like a bun on a rissole. With shopfronts at three locations, all MacNab sausages are gluten-free and made fresh on the premises. These guys have snag swagger in spades, so do yourself a favour and stock up on their bangers to make your next dinner party (or Aussie Day bash) sing. Brothers Arden and Paul MacNab are seasoned pros, having worked in the butcher biz for over 20 years. Their staff are all super knowledgeable and a special shout-out goes to ‘Hollywood’ from the Pimpama branch. His FB vids are #goals.
Snag crush: Pumpkin Feta and Shallot Sausage. This combo of flavours never fails to woo a crowd.
Where: Coomera Grand, Shop 2, Coomera Grand Dr, Upper Coomera or Pimpama City Shopping Centre, 102 Pimpama Jacobs Well Rd, Pimpama or Oxenford Village, 2 Cottonwood Pl, Oxenford
Meat on James St.
Meat on James St. may be the freshest face on Burleigh’s butcher scene, but these boys know their stuff and pride themselves on old-school values. With over 40 years of experience in the industry combined, GC local lads Russell and Shane deliver top-notch produce and superior customer service. They’re all about gourmet small goods and premium quality meats, stocking everything you’d expect to find at your local butcher.
Snag crush: Texas Ranger Sausage with smokey BBQ and sweet chili. Yeeha!
Where: 33 James St, Burleigh
The Butchers Block
If you love to support a local family business, then a trip to see the delightful Rick Myers and his clan at The Butchers Block is in your future. You’ll be sure to get your hands on quality meat along with tasty pastries and melt-in-your-mouth roasts which would put poor Nanna to shame. Let’s be honest, there’s an impressive selection of, well, everything! A visit here wouldn’t be right without snapping up one of Rick’s award-winning burgers, earning him the highly sought-after and applause-worthy title of The Burger King. I mean, who wouldn’t want to meet this guy?!
Snag crush: Penang Peanut & Honey Chicken Sausage. We’d eat them all day long.
Where: Benowa Gardens Shopping Centre, Ashmore Rd &, Benowa Rd, Benowa
Words by Bianca Trathen.
We’ve come quite the distance from our caveman ancestors, these days we’re pretty lucky; we can wander into the local supermarket decide between cuts and then potter home to sizzle them up.
The love and taste for a good steak have never changed or indeed grown old (we mean it with the utmost respect for our vegan comrades out there). We think steaks are delicious and can’t imagine for one minute a world where they don’t exist (shudder).
Like most cooked dishes, it’s sometimes best to leave it to the pros — by that, we mean people in tall white hats who are culinary wizards. It begs the question: where does one go to experience the best sensory sensation you can have with steak on our fair coastline? Well, read on to be enlightened on the very best venues you can visit to get your daily dosage of iron.
Harry’s Steak Bistro
Primely positioned in the epicentre that is Burleigh Heads, Harry’s Steak Bistro sets the benchmark pretty high when it comes to damn fine steak. The menu reflects some clever thought as you’ll also see great Aussie produce in the form of delicious Ballina prawns and succulent New England lamb ribs. If you’re the type of person who isn’t scared to put their hand in their pocket, the Signature Cuts section of the menu is there to please your discerning tastes. Oh, and how could we forget, there are unlimited fries to go with all of that as well. Winner.
Where: 1744 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
Glenelg Public House
This Mermaid Beach gastro-style pub has a solid reputation as the place to go for incredibly tasty steaks. Make no mistake, this status hasn’t been garnered through anything else but top-notch produce and devoted, knowledgeable chefs. The steak selection is immense, with meat coming from all over Australia catering for all palates and not to mention budgets. Whilst you’re there you’ll enjoy a pleasant low-lit and sultry décor which will certainly make you feel quite relaxed. Food aside, the drinks list is worth noting, with some carefully considered wines and impressive cocktails that will make you leave that little bit happier.
Where: 9/2460 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Previously known as Cav’s Steakhouse in its previous Labrador location (and famous for its recognisable fake cows that changed costume every so often), this institution is a steak lovers dream. You know there is a strong chance this place is the goods when the menu has a separate section denoting steak toppers, with the option of adding garlic prawns, pork ribs, and the likes to your already delectable steak. Well played. The venue is a firm favourite with the locals and so focused on bringing you the very best cuts of meat they boast their very own butcher shop. Yep, you read that right – so your quality of entertaining at home just got that much better. With great views and a rooftop bar to top things off; a trip to the new Runaway Bay Steakhouse should be firmly at the top of your list.
Where: 6 Bayview Street, Runaway Bay
When a waitperson brings a sizzling smouldering plate of something appealing to your neighbours’ table you can be forgiven for feeling waves of jealousy. Well, no more! If you opt to check out Black Angus — which we strongly suggest you do — you’ll be treated to your tantalising steak arriving at the table on one of their trademark volcanic hot rocks. The experience isn’t just for your eyes and ears, as the rock is intended to continue cooking your meat at the table, ensuring your last bite is as hot as the first. Dinner with a show if you ask us!
Where: 2893 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise
Moo Moo has been impressing locals and visitors alike with its sophisticated décor and saliva-inducing menu for the last 15 years. Feel like it’s time for a date night? Well, their famed 1kg spice-rubbed Wagyu rump cap could be the decadent choice for a couple who have managed to escape the kids at home.
Where: 2685 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach
Shopping can be quite the vocation. Should you find yourself at Pacific Fair after a shopping odyssey like no other, and feel it’s time to refuel, then we highly recommend you get yourself a good hit of protein and iron from Outback Steakhouse. The no-fuss service and casual atmosphere will be much to the liking of some people meaning you can walk in and dig into some tender meat in no time. And if you’re not feeling red meat for whatever reason, the Not Steaks section of their menu has you well and truly covered.
Where: 1608, 2-30 Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach
Nineteen at The Star
If James Bond ever made his way to the Gold Coast, we’re sure he would drop by the much-coveted Nineteen to eat some incredible food and sip martinis. The lavish décor and incredible views aside — the selection of mouth-watering steaks here are downright impressive. From grass-fed Victorian rib-eye to grain-fed Queensland Angus sirloin — not to mention an entire section devoted to just Wagyu — this is the kind of place where skipping lunch is a very wise move.
Where: Level 19, The Darling at The Star Gold Coast, Casino Drive, Broadbeach
Words by Alex Mitcheson.
Burleigh’s Andrew Loveday has become a household name thanks to his award-winning snags. In over 20 unique and mouth-watering flavours (think spaghetti bolognaise, smokey bacon and maple and Thai curry coconut) they are an Australia Day must-have.
In 2015 he was crowned National Sausage King for his Texan BBQ sausages and more recently, Queensland Sausage King for the same flavour.
We sat down for a chat with the man behind the snags to learn some tips on how to cook the perfect BBQ.
Five favourite sausage flavours for Australia Day?
Vegemite and cheese, we have those year round, Texan BBQ, plain beef, charcoal chicken and there’s gotta be a lamb one in there – we have about five or six flavours of those, it’s hard to pick a favourite.
Any tips on how to cook a sausage perfectly on the BBQ?
The first thing is don’t have the pan too hot when you start, don’t prick holes in it, because that will make them burst and go everywhere. Just keep turning them as much as you can to let the little bit of fat that will come out (which is a good thing) and keep it moist.
How you came to be a butcher?
Dad said I had to get a trade before I left school so I’ve been a butcher for 25 years.
How does it feel to be the National Sausage King?
When we won it was pretty awesome, it’s been a long time coming, we’ve been in the industry a long time.
Tell me about the awards you’ve won?
We start at the Gold Coast regional awards and once you win that you go to the state competition, which is held at the EKKA. From there you go to nationals, this year we’re off to Tasmania.
Which is the most popular flavour?
The Texan BBQ, which is the one we won the awards for and then the steak sausages, which are smokey bacon and maple flavoured is probably the next most popular one.
Why are your sausages the best?
It’s the quality that goes into each sausage.
We also cater for allergy sufferers, a lot of our sausages are gluten free and we also do one called an AIP – Australian Auto-Immune Protocol Sausage (no soy products, a lot of coconut aminos and a lot of root vegetables) – plus we can also do any blend people want to put together.
My daughter has an autoimmune condition and she asked me to make something for her, so I invented them.
BBQ or tomato sauce?
Don’t need it.
Any hints or tips for cleaning the BBQ after cooking?
Shut the lid. No, just a good scrape with the scraper and maybe some paper towel to clean it off.
What do you love most about the Gold Coast lifestyle?
Just the relaxed atmosphere. I’m a country boy so it’s pretty much like a big country town, everyone’s friendly.
You’re not a Gold Coast local if you haven’t… tried one of our snags.
Being a local business we have to ask for your favourites…
Beaches: Burleigh, hard to go past it
Restaurant: I like to go to Girven Road for a burger
Pub: The Burleigh Hotel or Shark Bar
Café: There’s a little place in Burleigh, Social Brew, we like that place
Hours: 6am to 6pm daily.
Address: Treetops Shopping Centre, corner Bermuda St and Reedy Creek Rd, Burleigh Waters.
Words and photos by Kirra Smith.
They say the best things in life are free. And although this remains true for the most part, whoever came up with this sentiment must have momentarily forgotten about delicatessen-style foods. We’re talking about all those specialty goods like mouth-watering dry-cured meats, artisanally produced cheeses, and all of those delightful dips and spreads — ultimate charcuterie board goals.
When it’s time for a picnic or a lazy Sunday afternoon in the sun with wine in hand, these foods are the perfect accompaniment. But getting your hands on such fare is no easy task. You must know where to look, folks. Head to the supermarket deli counter if you must, but if you yearn for divine savours — and believe you deserve the very finest — read on as we run you through the Gold Coast’s best gourmet deli’s.
Manolas Bros Delicatessen
After a recent swoon-worthy refurbishment, Manolas Bros has only gone and cemented themselves as one of the Coast’s ultimate spots to treat your tastebuds. Not content with just being a continental style deli, you are also now spoiled with wood-fired pizzas, an extensive bar offering, and heaps of takeaway options in the form of some robust filled-to-the-brim food hampers. All we can say is specialty dishes, baked goods, and festive sweets are some of the many reasons people keep coming back to this Surfers Paradise foodie hub.
Where: Shop 3G, 14 Capri on Isle of Capri, 15/21 Via Roma, Surfers Paradise
The Standard Market Company – Southport Brickworks
Your one-stop place to fill your larder with the finest goods the Gold Coast’s CBD has to offer. Specialising in freshly baked breads, cheese, olives and imported gourmet goods, your next picnic will be elevated to lofty new heights. But this isn’t all; their very own butcher counter will tease you with expert cuts of free-range and organic meats, alongside a vast selection of handmade sausages crafted with flavourings from all around the world. Around the world in 80 snags, anyone?
Where: 107 Ferry Road, Southport
Barbosa Fine Food Deli
Cheese is life. A fair statement in anyone’s book (sorry vegans), but with cheese, one must have suitable chutneys, relishes, pickles, and crackers; luckily for Barbosa Fine Food Deli at the Kitchens in Robina Town Centre has all the above plus more. Grab yourself an organic Fairtrade coffee and discuss your next blissful charcuterie board with any of their friendly staff: they’ll help direct you through their incredible assortment of imported and Australian goods. And for those with a craving for fresh truffles, look no further, truffle season is upon us, and these guys have got you covered.
Where: The Kitchens, Robina Town Centre
Golosi Food Emporium
This hidden in plain sight place of delectable goods is Burleigh Heads’ ode to fine foods — and we suggest, if you haven’t already, to make this a regular place to stop by. Even if you’re having trouble conjuring up a list of things you might want, don’t fear. Once you step inside, the vast assortment of fare will quickly have you imagining cheese boards and snack plates from your wildest dreams. And if you plan on having yourself an easy dinner one evening, their selection of fresh pastas and divine ready prepared meals are by no means a shortcut.
Where: 3/45 James Street, Burleigh Heads
Ambarella Fine Foods
This enclave of gourmand food and drinks ensures an authentic paddock to plate experience with every visit. Whether you’re looking to stock up on farm-fresh vegetables, lusting for one of our city’s largest selections of cheese, or adamant you must have yourself only the best superbly baked European style bread, then, you’ll find all of these under the one roof here in Burleigh Waters. However, searching out the best goods is tiring — and hungry — work. We suggest you take a rest and fuel up at their café and juice bar, where fresh over-filled sandwiches/wraps and squeezed-on-the-spot juices await you.
Where: Shop 12/1 Santa Maria Court, Burleigh Waters
Quince Fromagerie Cellar
On the southern end of the Coast, the Cornerstone Stores have been a haven of boutique goods impressing locals for the last three and a half years. Integral to this space is the cutest looking wine and cheese shop, Quince Fromagerie — but don’t be fooled, this is a serious case of good things come in small packages. Friendly shop manager Rafa is on hand to lead you through the diverse selection of gourmet goods and cheeses, and if you ask nicely, he may even give you a taste of some. We’re also pleased to say wine plays a role here, and should you want to pair one of their many bottles with anything edible you purchase, go right ahead, you cultured thing, you.
Where: Shop 5/570 Gold Coast Highway, Tugun
Those with family ties to Eastern Europe or Russia often know only too well how hard it can be to find foods from the old country here in Australia. One place that disrupts and challenges this status quo are the good guys at Russian Delights. This long-established business has been procuring and distributing various foods from several different cultures for over twenty years and shows no sign of slowing one bit. Specialising in smoked sausages and cured meats, they pride themselves on only stocking the very best produce made by the strictest traditional recipes and welcome customers from all varying backgrounds to come and enjoy their selection of international goods. Trust us when we say, locals who know their meats, get it from here.
Where: 1/35a Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads
Words by Alex Mitcheson.