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Drop into this Brazilian eatery in Mermaid Beach

D'Alley Eatery exterior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
D'Alley Eatery exterior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

On your daily grind around town, do you have your favourite spots to go to? Pre-programmed into your brain, you know where the coffee is always good, the joint where the breakfasts have minimal wait time and the bar where everybody knows your name. And that is some wise behaviour, let us assure you.

One place you might just want to throw into that mix is Mermaid Beach’s new drop-in spot for the tastiest Brazilian-style burgers and the freshest fruit juices, D’Alley Eatery!

Finding itself on the side of the northbound Gold Coast Highway, you’d be forgiven for zipping past this small hole-in-the-wall affair, and to do that folks, is a crying shame in our books. The venue works in two parts, as you enter the small shop space on the left to eye up what you feel like devouring, order, then pop next door to their cool alley come dining space to await your impending taste sensation.

Fresh squeezed OJ and D’Pappy Burger, D'Alley Eatery (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Fresh squeezed OJ and D’Pappy Burger, D'Alley Eatery (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

So, what’s up for grabs? Only some of the tastiest and freshest burgers you have most likely had in a very long time. Originally from Brazil, owner and Chef Pablo Schmitz Irion has garnered years of experience as a chef here in Australia and overseas before deciding to open the doors to his first food venture. The focus is on giving people food that has been entirely housemade and as fresh as you can get. Everything is made on-site; down to the lip-licking sauces and mayos slathered on every burger.

The selection of signature burgers should be more than enough to satisfy anyone, with aptly given names such as D’Chooky (chicken tenderloin) and D’Belly (pork belly) nearly stealing the show, if it wasn’t for the D’Pappy with house green mayo, salads, prime beef patty, bacon, cheese, and not forgetting pickles.

For the plant-based out there you’ll be pleased to hear the D’Musshy is by no means a filler on this menu: lashings of confit mushrooms and miso mayo married together is so utterly divine some carnivores may want to have a look in.

If this wasn’t enough already the eatery also dishes up some fresh-as-they-get fruit juices. Name your three ingredients, find yourself a seat, and await a tasty and nutritious libation your body will thank you for later.

D'Alley Eatery interior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
D'Alley Eatery interior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

As some time has gone by since opening D’alley, Pablo has introduced some mains plates to the mix — and people have lapped them up. You’ll see some Aussie favourites such as Chicken Parmy, but true to the ethos of the business, a daily specials board serving up some Latin American inspired dishes such as a Brazilian style Chicken Pie — with all the cheese — is on offer should you feel like something other than a whopping burger.

We think you should add D’Alley to your list of places you habitually hit up for some genuinely amazing burgers and other Brazilian goods.

Where: Shop 9/2462 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
When: Mon & Tues: 11.30am – 2.30pm | Wed – Fri: 11.30am – 9pm | Sat & Sun: 5pm – 9pm

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Steak & Frites Plate, D'Alley Eatery (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Steak & Frites Plate, D'Alley Eatery (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

10 epic Gold Coast burger spots

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

Among all of the possible naughty delicious food options out there in the wide world, burgers have to be the very pinnacle of quick and easy, yet damn tasty, chow options. This said, were you aware that Friday 28th May is observed as International Burger Day around the globe? Meaning, yes, you guessed it, you are fully expected to get out there and oblige the necessity to eat all the delicious burgers that you come across. No exceptions!

Now you can swing by any old drive-through in your car and grab a burger with the most minimal fuss, but we think you deserve better. That’s why we’re giving you a rundown on what we consider to be 10 of the best places on the Gold Coast for you to celebrate this very important food day.

Prepare to loosen those belts people!

Easy Street Diner
Blink and you might miss this beauty along the Gold Coast Hwy, so keep your eye peeled! What these guys knock out of their kitchen will have you coming back time after time. Menu items such as Jalapeño Bites, Pickle Poppers and their infamous Pork Belly Nuggets are absolute crowd-pleasers. But who are we to take the shine off their fantastic lineup of burgers, Give us the Royale with Cheese all the way!
Where: 12/2563 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

Zepickle (image supplied)
Zepickle (image supplied)

Ze Pickle
This Burleigh Heads corner spot is the very essence of lazy, street-side eating. Swing in when you clock off on Friday, grab one of their 12 craft beers on tap — and relax. Next, seize a menu and struggle to decide which of the next-level burgers you’re set on. The imagination that goes into their selection of burgers is top-notch, with examples like the Baja Fish Taco Burger and Southern Hick Chicken Burger; you’ll not just be wowed with flavour but the menu names also!
Where: 37 Connor Street, Burleigh Heads

Burger Shack
Palm Beach’s evolution into total-blown foodie nirvana is only helped along by this popular pull-up and eat spot. These guys haven’t been around for long but what they are cooking up is first-rate. The menu separates your proteins out and even has a sweet selection of vegan burgers that will keep your plant-based friends happy. Add into the mix, regular live music and you have the southern Gold Coast’s answer to celebrate this Friday.
Where: 1089 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Brooklyn Depot
Combining New York swagger and laid-back Aussie persona, the resulting Brooklyn Depot is a prime place to grab a cocktail or two and of course, a burger (or two). How does The Dubya BBQ Brisket Burger with Juicy beef brisket, depot slaw, onion rings, two mozzarella sticks, sweet baby rays BBQ sauce and Honey mustard sauce sound? Or perhaps the Flip the Bird with pulled BBQ chicken, crispy bacon, depot slaw, guacamole, and sweet BBQ sauce is more your thing? Either way, with vegetarian and vegan options galore, you’re spoilt for choice!
Where: 10 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise

Eddie's Grub House (Image: © 2017 Inside Gold Coast)
Eddie's Grub House (Image: © 2017 Inside Gold Coast)

Eddie’s Grub House
This rock and roll infused dive bar delivers teenage kicks and appealing burger action unapologetically to Coolangatta. As far south as you can go before stepping over the street and into New South Wales, the venue is a ‘pull up a stool and sink a few bevvies’ kind of hangout. Ideal if you find yourself needing a refreshment between happenings at Cooly Rocks On. In the realm of burgers, these guys bring out revolving weekly specials with all the best music genre names you can think of. Delicious and always a good time. We strongly suggest you swing by Eddie’s and let your hair down!
Where: 171 Griffith Street, Coolangatta 

Cluccboi
Crispy skinned fried chicken has never looked so good, and we don’t mind telling the Colonel so if ever we bumped into him. These guys don’t have a venue as such, only delivering to the lucky folks on the northern end of the GC and particularly the Southport area. Heck, get home on Friday and don’t even think about leaving the house then! If you haven’t come across them, their signature Sweet-and-sour pickles, cheese and special Cluccboi sauce are something to behold! Find them on Ubereats, Doordash, and Menulog.
Where: Undisclosed, Southport

Longboards Laidback Eatery and Bar (image supplied)
Longboards Laidback Eatery and Bar (image supplied)

Longboards Laidback Eatery and Bar
If you happen to bring your very best hunger game with you to Longboards, you won’t be disappointed. Seventeen handcrafted burgers on offer, including Beach Cheeseburger, the Vegetarian G-Banger, and the Mona Lisa, which arrives towering with wagyu beef patty, crispy bacon, melted brie cheese, garlic-butter mushrooms, caramelised onion, lettuce, tomato, and truffle aioli. Over the top? Maybe just a bit – but we aren’t judging! One of the best burger joints on the Gold Coast? Absolutely!
Where: Q1 Resort & Spa, Corner of Hamilton Avenue &, Northcliffe Terrace, Surfers Paradise

Rita’s Burgers
Not technically Gold Coast, but those south of the border – or those willing to drive – look no further than Rita’s. Cabarita is slowly becoming a place to hit upon the weekends, and we see Rita’s Burgers as an instrumental piece of that. If you’re a truffle fan, grab The Truff Nut with 120g grass fed beef patty, melted Swiss cheeses, smoked bacon jam, glazed balsamic mushrooms, local truffle aioli, oak leaf lettuce, served in a fresh sesame seed bun. There’s also plant-based and grom burgers thrown in there for good measure.
Where: 2/34 Tweed Coast Road, Cabarita Beach

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

Hard Rock Café
Let’s face it, you’re always ensured a fun time whenever you set foot into one of the many Hard Rock Cafes around the world. If the nostalgic Americana fit-outs and live music don’t do it for you, then a multi-award-winning stacked menu with all of your favourites on there probably will. Taking their burger game to the next level, these guys have a completely devoted section to steak burgers. Yes, you read that correctly. We suggest you hop to it, pull up a pew on the bacony overlooking the bustling Cavill Avenue below.
Where: Corner of Cavill Ave & Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Pattysmiths
When you have burgers on the brain and your eyes firmly on the fries, Pattysmith’s various outlets across the Gold Coast have got you comfortably catered for. As self-confessed ‘masters of the perfect patty’ and the graceful art of ensuring your food gets to you in picture-perfect condition, come Friday knock-off, we suggest you place an order for delivery with these guys and let them take care of the rest.
Where: Labrador, Merrimac, Miami, Palm Beach, Upper Coomera.

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Patty Smiths (image supplied)
Patty Smiths (image supplied)

10 reasons locals love Mermaid Beach

Mermaid Beach T-Shirts The Undercurrent
Mermaid Beach (Image: © 2021 The Undercurrent)

It’s the destination we all know and love. Relaxed, a little bit retro and constantly surprising us with new places to eat and play. It’s the much-loved suburb that flies under the radar when visitors come to town but to locals, it’s pure magic.

To show our love for this beachside beauty, here are ten things we locals love about Mermaid Beach.

The North Room
Recent receivers of a very prestigious hat, The North Room is an intimate restaurant serving up some absolutely stunning contemporary dishes that you’ll want to wrap your mouth around ASAP. Bookings are essential and they open for lunch Friday and Saturday and dinner Thursday to Saturday so you’ll want to get in quick. Huge fans of this place.
Where: 1/2527 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

Little Mermaid
There’s a lot to be said about infusing a space with tropical, feel-good vibes and Little Mermaid, on the highway, has done exactly that. Decked out with plenty of greenery, a laidback beachy feel, and tons of space for all your friends this is the place to be. The bar and restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which more often than not, is overflowing with folks having the time of their lives as the sun goes down. Little Mermaid has earned the love of locals for their tasty eats, creative cocktails, and generally cool aesthetic – so get there now.
Where: 2557 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

The Borrowed Nursery
Never before has a plant nursery gained such a cult-like following so quickly (or perhaps ever). The Borrowed Nursery draws plant lovers and photographers in droves due to its Instagram-worthy aesthetics and bespoke greenery. While you can certainly purchase the potted petals for your humble abode, you may also like to hire them for an event (which is quite the concept if you ask us). The stunning space also hosts workshops and yoga classes amongst the leafy greens but if that’s not your jam at least pop in for some healthy retail therapy and an Insta-snap.
Where: 42-44 Cronulla Ave, Mermaid Beach

The Borrowed Nursery (image supplied)

Lupo
Italian food is one of life’s greatest pleasures and particularly when it comes from Mermaid’s Lupo. Tucked away in the little complex that’s also home to Bonita Bonita, Lupo’s menu is one you’ll never forget. It’s a quiet, laidback space, low-lit & moody, and did we mention one of the very best spots for drinking incredible cocktails and filling your belly with goodness.
Where: 2460 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

Zeppelin Barbers
This is one for the fellas… Zeppelin Barbers is the best on the Coast if the man in your life is looking for a fresh cut. Jase and the team are absolute weapons with the scissors and they deliver quality chat and a frosty beer while they’re at it. Good vibes always.
Where: 2460 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

Mermaid Beach Surf Club
How good are surf clubs? Mermaid’s is right on the ocean with uninterrupted views, delicious meals that will fill you right up, and of course, a sweet selection of drinks to sip on. It’s an amazing spot to watch the sun go down with the crew and always provides a quality atmosphere with a buzz of people.
Where: 172 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach

Soak Bathhouse
It only opened recently but already Soak Bathhouse has become a firm favourite amongst those who are a little bit partial to some rest and relaxation in a beautiful environment (so everyone). It’s a stunning oasis featuring a magnesium pool, massage rooms, a sauna, spas, and a cold plunge pool. Plus you can get an LED facial and just generally kick your feet up and chill – tried and tested by us and we highly recommend it.
Where: 2532 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

Soak Bathhouse
Soak Bathhouse (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

The Glenelg Public House
Serving up premium steak and boutique wine (among other delicious things), The Glenelg Public House is an absolute must-visit in Mermaid Beach and just generally on the Gold Coast. If for some reason you’re not into steak, everything on the menu is top-notch and they have a selection of some of the best sides we’ve ever sampled. There are also small plate options and it’s all mind-blowing. We vouch for the gnocchi. Just. Trust. Us.
Where: 2460 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

Bonita Bonita
Mexican eats at their absolute finest can be found at Bonita Bonita. Taco Thursdays are a favourite amongst the locals and there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options should that be your thing. Right next door is Bon Bon Bar so you should also head in there for bulk margaritas before sampling all of the epic eats on offer.
Where: 2460 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

Mermaid Beach Bowls Club
Barefoot bowls is never not a fun time and so, there’s plenty of fun to be had at Mermaid Beach Bowls Club. Round up the crew on a Sunday afternoon for bulk beers and a little ball throwing (bowling) and then venture onto one of the many eateries (like those listed above) to round out the night.
Where: 2418 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

Surely we have convinced you that Mermaid Beach is the place to be by now?

Words by Kirra Smith.

Bonita Bonita Flat Lay
Bonita Bonita (image supplied)

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