uxtaposed against the sparkling Coolangatta sea is the dark and grungy good-time den that is Eddie’s Grub House.
It’s a New Orleans-style dive bar and rock n roll personified with a dartboard in the corner and chalkboard pillars sporting cheeky messages and tiny works of art. Framed photos of Elvis and the like adorn the back wall while another is stacked high with a collection of spirits the King himself would be proud of.
Put simply Eddie’s Grub House is all the good things you won’t find anywhere else on the Gold Coast and if that’s not enough to persuade you, their new menu definitely will.
Eddie’s war cry reads “Whiskey, beer and fried chicken. All Marinated in Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll” and while this is true, burgers and hot dogs are the stars of the latest show.
The Menage Abbatoir consists of an all beef patty, two southern fried chicken tenders, bacon, cheese, an onion ring filled with red cheddar, Coopers Ale BBQ sauce and special sauce – it’s a doozey, good luck. Not quite that brave? The Philly Cheeseburger also packs an all beef patty simply plus cheese, sautéed mushrooms, onions and peppers. The Sloppy Joe Cocker is a beef party, chilli con carne, sour cream and shallots. Prepare to get saucy.
Onto to the hot dogs. They’re all made with Eddie’s signature jalapeno, course ground dogs rammed into a milk bun and served with fries of course. The O.G is literally that – a timeless hot dog classic filled with ketchup, mustard and red cheddar cheese. The Philly Cheese Dog boasts matching ingredients to the burger of the same name but dog-style.
If all that’s not enough to render you useless for the rest of the day add on some Texas Chilli Cheese Fries – they’re coated with Eddie’s fire dust, bacon and scallions and smothered in hot cheese sauce.
Forgive us for we have sinned.
HOURS: Tuesday to Thursday 12pm to 10.30pm, Friday and Saturday 12pm to 12am and Sunday 12pm to 10pm.
LOCATION: 171 Griffith Street, Coolangatta.
Words and photos by Kirra Smith.
Born in Byron Bay, it’s no surprise Main Street Burger Bar, newly opened in Broadbeach, is making burgers with as many good vibes as they can muster.
The Gold Coast version brings a trendy beachside diner vine with both indoor and outdoor seating, ceiling greenery, a copper bar top and walls lined with murals featuring classic images of Broadbeach in its heyday. The tunes are pumping and it’s the perfect place to chill out and people watch.
Oh, the food’s good too.
Think organic soft rolls, 100% organic grass fed beef, free range pork, happy chooks, local eggs, and fresh seafood, all sourced close by and all as fresh as can be.
The Harissa Roasted Lamb Shoulder burger is a fave with smokey-spiced lamb shoulder, mint and kale slaw, garlic hummus, aioli and red onion. If one simply isn’t enough go with Joe’s Got The Blues because a) it’s got blue cheese and b) there’s also double beef, double bacon, truffle aioli and lots of salad (for balance guys).
Vegans and vegetarians never fear, you too will be well looked after at Main Street. There’s a Vego Pattie burger made from beetroot, quinoa and halloumi and a Vegan Jackfruit burger with peanut satay, bean sprouts, carrot, spring onion, coriander, sesame soy dressing and sriracha hot sauce (we have it on good authority, it’s delicious too).
That’s not all though, there’s milkshakes and not just any old milkshakes. Caramelised Banana with a (optional) shot of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey or Vanilla & Malt with Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur. It’s all the fun of your childhood mixed with one of the best things about being an adult. Cheers to that!
So, if a balanced meal in the form of burgers and boozy milkshakes is calling your name, look no further than Main Street Burger Bar in Broadbeach. It’s the perfect addition to the newly renovated restaurant strip.
You can park for three hours for free at the Oasis Shopping Centre, which is plenty of time to down a burger and a craft beer or two.
LOCATION: Shop GO.53, Oasis Shopping Centre, Victoria Ave, Broadbeach
HOURS: 11.30am to 9pm daily
Words and photos by Kirra Smith
Perfectly cooked steaks and highly stacked burgers are at the top of most people’s go-to list of dinner choices. When paired with an icy cold beer, there’s nothing better.
Red Steakhouse & Burger Bar in Broadbeach, with a distinctly Texan saloon bar vibe, offer a delicious selection of both.
With a host of lunchtime specials, including a free beer, wine or soft drink with any burger or salad and 50% off when you order two courses per person, it’s the perfect place for a mid-week splurge or a weekend treat for the family.
To start, do not go past the Glazed Lamb Riblets with kecap Manis, tamarin, and chilli and sesame seeds; spicy, juicy and oh so tender.
If burgers are your thing try the Smokin’ Hot – an Angus pattie, double brie, crispy lettuce, salsa guacamole, jalapenos and chipotle lime mayo – or for something a little less spicy Le Chook is stacked with a grilled free-range chicken breast, Roquefort cheese, caramelized onion, rocket and garlic aioli.
There are also ten varieties of steaks to choose from and the Rib Eye comes highly recommended. If you’re in the business of choosing salads the Roasted Pumpkin with mushrooms, quinoa, sunflower seeds, toasted nuts and herbs with citrus dressing is to die for.
Red Steakhouse & Bar offer casual dining at affordable family-friendly prices and of course, are centrally located with plenty of parking available nearby.
We’ve got two $50 vouchers to give away so you can try it for yourself. Simply enter your details below and you’re in with a chance!
LOCATION: 18-20 Victoria Ave, Broadbeach (in the Oasis Centre mall)
HOURS: Open 7 days from 11.30am until late
Words and photos by Kirra Smith.
Burgers that glisten, concrete ice cream, thick shakes and cold beers. The apple of Surfer’s eye, this retro themed beach shack will have you coming back time and time again.
Your mouth will water in anticipation for Betty’s Burgers, Betty’s Classic; angus beef, lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese and Betty’s special sauce, go deluxe and add pickles and bacon. Enjoy with a side of crispy onion rings and a Peanut Butter thick shake.
Prefer the bird instead? Go the Crispy Chicken; southern fired chicken, lettuce, tomato and Betty’s special sauce. For the vegetarian, a Shroom Burger; crisp fried mushrooms filled with melted gouda and gruyere cheese, lettuce, tomato and Betty’s special sauce.
For the sweet tooth the Concrete Ice cream is a must, “concrete ice cream” you say? Rich, creamy frozen custard set and scraped from the barrel then mixed with the Betty’s goods like hot fudge sauce, dello mano classic brownie, Krispy Kreme doughnuts or marshmallow sauce.
With a menu offering the goods how cold you not be smiling ear to ear. A fun and funky fit out that can be described as french provincial meets a 70’s summer, bright bubbly staff and even a beach comber in store. Betty’s Burgers will be your new found addiction and forever happy place.
Open 7 days a week
11am – late
12-14 Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, 3420 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
10am – late
The Kitchens, Robina Town Centre, 19 Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina