If there is a threesome more made for each other in the world than spicy chicken wings, hot dogs and boozy milkshakes, we have not heard of it. Nor do we want to, thank you very much.
So, it is with great pleasure and very enthusiastic typing fingers, that we bring you news of the opening of Fat Freddy’s Beach Bar & Diner, Broady’s new venue we have been (im)patiently waiting for quite some time now.
As they say though, good things come to those who wait and wait we did, so now good things we have.
And yes, you guessed it, those good things come in the form of spicy chicken wings, loaded hot dogs and boozy milkshakes, all of which are extremely delicious and will be discussed in further detail in a few paragraphs.
Fat Freddy’s, underneath Avani on Surf Pde, is an impressive new space drawing on the classic US diner experience and breathing fresh, new life into Broady’s eating scene.
As you enter the space you’ll come face to face with some of the most controversial celebrities of our time including Charlie Sheen and Britney Spears (love you) to name a few. There’s bar and luxe, leather booth-style seating and an outdoor deck perfect for balmy Sunday arvo sessions.
Behind the absolutely stacked bar there are nine screens so you can catch all of the sport your competitive little Aussie heart desires.
Let’s get back to the food though because there is a lot of goodness to discuss. Executive Chef Braden White has worked some absolute magic on the American diner classics you know but have definitely never loved as much as you’ll love these.
The Crumbed Jalapeno Poppers are a taste sensation, as are the Breaded Bacon Bits (no words can explain but the flavours are American maple syrup and candied chilli – amazing).
Mac and Cheese Croquettes are made with four cheeses, truffle mayo and Parmesan and all of the good things in the world.
Bigger dishes come in the form of the New York Street Dog, a Po Boy complete with a poached Moreton Bay Bug and an array of exceptional burgers. There are also BBQ Pork Ribs, Flame Grilled Southern Chicken and Loaded Tater Tots and it’s probably the best US-style menu we’ve ever sampled (including in the US).
So eat all the things, then wash them down with a boozy milkshake or two why don’t you.
We were quite partial to the Pablo Escabar which is an Espresso Martini slash thickshake with ice cream foam and shaved chocolate and so, so yummy.
There’s also a Miami Vice Splice-Cream with Midori, lime, ice cream, pineapple and coconut foam. Perfect for a balmy afternoon treat.
Spiked Sodas are on the menu too and you probably shouldn’t go past the Monica Lewinski with Wyborowa Vodka, Fay Freddy’s Passiona, lemon and unicorn hair. Trust us.
Not to mention there’s an impressive selection of cocktails, tap and bottled beers and of course, an extensive selection of American bourbon and whiskeys.
On top of all that, Fat Freddy’s is home to a luxury gaming lounge complete with private parking and venue entry.
How fun is Freddy. Get in there Gold Coasters, it’s going to be a very good time.
LOCATION: 2663 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach (entry via Surf Pde)
HOURS: 11.30am until midnight daily
Words and photos by Kirra Smith
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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.