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10 Gold Coast places to get a schnitty

The Schnitzel Celebration Platter, The Bavarian (image supplied)
The Schnitzel Celebration Platter, The Bavarian (image supplied)

There are a few things that are quintessentially Australian, and you must admire the fact they exist. You know the stuff we’re talking about here, like Vegemite and musk flavoured lollies and the holiest of meals — the Schnitty. AKA the Schnitzel.

Now to be truthful, the Schnitzel has roots that can be easily traced back to Germany. But let’s not be caught up in details here; the simple fact of the matter is this humble dish of crispy golden wonder is a pillar of modern Aussie society. Your go-to when you come out of the surf, the mid-week treat when you’re out with friends, and the fuel needed to keep your Sunday session going. Where would our food menus be without the Schnitzel? (Shudder) It doesn’t bear thinking about!

So when you crave this crunchy delight, we’d like to extend a hand in helping you find where you might partake in some mighty schnitzels. Here’s our rundown of some fine places where you can get your Schnitty on the Gold Coast.

The Bavarian (Broadbeach + Coomera + Robina)
When it comes to supersizing the whole German experience, The Bavarian venues in Broadbeach, Coomera, and Robina are second to none. Grab yourself huge traditional-style glasses of beer, and be sure to bring your best hunger game because the food here is plentiful! Apart from obscenely good food specials, our pick would have to be their Schnitzel Celebration Platter which includes the original, the Garlic and Parmesan (GP) and the Jagerschnitzel — perfect for cutting up and sharing, if you want to that is!
Where: Oracle Broadbeach, Westfield Coomera or The Kitchens, Robina Town Centre, Robina

Schnitz Classic Schnitzel (image supplied)
Schnitz Classic Schnitzel (image supplied)

Schnitz (Pacific Fair & Robina)
If there’s one thing these guys know how to do well, it is serving up colossal-sized plates of crisp Schnitzel to their loyal customers. The diverse menu offering four proteins (chicken, pork, beef or vegan) and four crumbs (traditional, corn crunch, spicy or cheese & herb) gives you a multitude of ways to enjoy your Schnitzel. You can even ‘health-things-up’ a bit with the options of wraps and salads. With delivery to your door around the Gold Coast, Schnitz is a dead set winner when it comes to bread crumb coated goodness.
Where: The Patio, Pacific Fair, Broadbeach and Robina Town Centre, Robina

Fisherman’s Wharf
With eye-catching vistas right around the Broadwater, you might find it hard to focus on the delicious-looking menu you have before you. With regular live music and a friendly atmosphere added into the mix, you don’t have a better place to enjoy yourself a tasty Chicken Schnitzel with chips and salad (for under $25) as the sun sets on another glorious day on the Gold Coast.
Where: 60-70 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach

Harbour Vue Tavern (Coomera Waters)
Another stellar venue to enjoy waterfront views whilst tucking into their famous 250gm Chicken Schnitzel with gravy. These guys are the complete package with a plethora of weekly specials, live music, karaoke evenings, and a wholly dedicated weekly Parmi night. Come and enjoy yourself as much as you want, as they’ll then take you home with their courtesy bus when the evening is over. — Epic!
Where: L1/941 Harbour Village Parade, Coomera

The Avenue's Sea-nitzel (image supplied)
The Avenue's Sea-nitzel (image supplied)

The Avenue
Whether you’re looking to dance the night away or celebrate the end of the week with a few drinks and some food, The Avenue has got you well and truly covered. Drop in early to experience some first-rate food and to start your night off right before you no doubt decide to stick around for their nightly live music, comedy, or drag queen-themed evenings of fun. Special shout out to their Sea-nitzel which is topped with king prawns, avocado, garlic cream sauce with beer battered fries & garden salad. Schnitty game leveled up.
Where: 3-15 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Bavarian Haus (Surfers Paradise)
When it comes to true nostalgia from Europe, the Bavarian Haus in Surfers Paradise is well up on the list of places you need to visit. The traditional German-style décor and long-style tables are the perfect spot to bring your gang and get into some hearty food. Speaking of Schnitzels, you spolit for choice with pork or chicken, both made in-haus served with fries and cabbage slaw. But for the hungry folk, The Wood Chippers Classic Schintzel is topped with mashed potato, knackwurst sausage and gravy, also served with fries and cabbage slaw. And let’s not forget their sizeable collection of flavoursome imported German beers too wash it all down.
Where: 41 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Burleigh Heads Bowls Club
We’re huge fans of spending a leisurely afternoon partaking in some carefree barefoot bowls, and where else is a better place to do so than in vibrant Burleigh Heads. Combine your visit with their weekly trivia night or weekend live music. We can’t think of a better way to end the day of laying on the beach by escaping the sand to snag yourself one of the Coast’s best Schnitzels with chips and salad for under $20! Be rude not to, right?
Where: Connor Street, Burleigh Heads

Southport Yacht Club (image supplied)
Southport Yacht Club (image supplied)

Southport Yacht Club
An award-winning dining venue in its own right, the Southport Yacht Club welcomes visitors with open arms and makes sure they leave with big smiles. Yes, you can expect fantastic waterfront views and first-rate service, but the menu is where the venue shines! Try a relaxed atmosphere to fix your schnitzel cravings as you choose between steamed baby potatoes or beer-battered fries, not forgetting the options of peppercorn, mushroom, or red wine jus to accompany the golden goodness.
Where: 1 MacArthur Parade, Main Beach

The German Club Gold Coast
If cosy home-style cooking in a uber-friendly atmosphere is right up your alley, then look no further than the Gold Coast German Club. You’ll experience a proper submersion into German culture as everyone is made welcome — member or not. Your Schnitzel choices include chicken, pork loin or the Jaeger served with creamy mushroom sauce, beer battered chips and salad. And as a side note, try and make some space for dessert because the Germans certainly have it covered when it comes to sweet things.
Where: 3 Jondique Avenue, Merrimac

Bine Bar & Dining
We are just going to say this is one of the best places to grab yourself a hard-earned beer and bask in the dipping afternoon sun. When the evening rolls around, keep sipping beers long into the night because why not? And to ensure you have the energy to keep going, be sure to order The Naked Schnitty (chicken or mushroom) with your choice of sauce for $20. Drop in on a Thursday for their Parmi and Beer evening because we all know that adding Napoli sauce and melted cheese to a Schnitty takes it to the next level.
Where: 1/28 Chairlift Avenue, Mermaid Beach

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Bine Bar & Dining (image supplied)
Bine Bar & Dining (image supplied)

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)

7 mouth-watering steak restaurants on the Gold Coast

Black Angus (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)
Black Angus (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

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 Rib fillet, 250g, full blood wagyu (image supplied)
Glenelg Public House Rib fillet, 250g, full blood wagyu (image supplied)

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

Cavill’s Steakhouse
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

Black Angus
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

Dry Aged Sirloin, Nineteen at The Star (Image supplied by The Star Gold Coast)
Dry Aged Sirloin, Nineteen at The Star (Image supplied by The Star Gold Coast)

Moo Moo
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

Outback Steakhouse
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.

11 of the best Gold Coast restaurants for seafood

Omeros Bros (image supplied)
Omeros Bros (image supplied)

Everyone loves a bit of oceany goodness on their plates, do they not? Okay, maybe not everyone but WE DO, so here’s a tale of tasty feasts from the sea and the best local Gold Coast venues to enjoy them at.

If you’re in the market for a seafood extravaganza, here are 11 exceptional Gold Coast venues to hit up ASAP. 

Restaurants

Omeros Bros Seafood Restaurant
A stunning space overlooking the water at Marina Mirage, Omeros Bros have been serving up the highest quality seafood for as long we can remember. If you’re a fan of all the ocean eats, grab yourself a platter and let the good times (and full bellies) roll. Next-level indeed.
Where: Shop 55/74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach

Kiyomi
Part of The Star Gold CoastKiyomi is a stunning Japanese venue showcasing the highest quality seafood in an array of dishes you’ll probably never forget. Executive Head Chef Chase Kojima has received a prestigious Chef’s Hat, so you know you’re in for an absolute treat.
Where: The Star Gold Coast, Casino Drive, Broadbeach

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Seafood Buffet (image supplied)
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Seafood Buffet (image supplied)

Terraces Restaurant
Located within the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort at Main Beach, Terraces is a much-loved seafood buffet (currently serving an ocean-to-plate dining experience) that’ll make your mouth water on sight. The produce is the freshest and tastiest and you can go back for seconds or thirds. It might be time to loosen that belt…
Where: 71 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach

George’s Paragon
Every local knows, George’s Paragon is where it’s at when it comes to seafood on the Gold Coast. Their legendary and huge seafood platters include fresh king prawns, smoked salmon, mixed oysters, barbequed bugs, barbequed prawns, garlic prawns AND battered prawns. The extensive Greek-inspired menu is perfectly complemented by the restaurants’ perfectly positioned location overlooking the marina at Sanctuary Cove.
Where: 46 The Promenade, Sanctuary Cove

Moana Restaurant and Bar
Moana can be found at Capri on Via Roma serving up the freshest of seafood, all locally sourced and with a focus on the flavours of the Pacific Rim, and let us tell you, there is many a tasty morsel on the menu. The Tahi is made up of the fish of the day, juicy prawns, scallops, bugs on rice and white wine beurre blanc sauce. YUM.
Where: Capri on Via Roma, Isle of Capri

Moana Restaurant & Bar (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

Seascape Restaurant + Bar
Pop your fancy pants on and get up to Seascape Restaurant + Bar. Perched above the Surfers Paradise oceanfront, you’ll experience some of the most incredible seafood of your life. It’s locally sourced and mouth-watering the whole lot of it.
Where: 4 The Esplanade, Soul, Surfers Paradise 

Choofas Smokehouse and Seafood
At the southern end of the coast, you have the casual dining option of Choofas to satiate your need for all things seafood and delicious. The selection of seafood is huge meaning there is likely something for everyone. You also have the option to eat your prawns there or take them home with you to enjoy at your leisure. With a well-stocked bar full of drinks to boot, this Coolangatta gem is a seafood lover’s dream come true.
Where:  150 Griffith St, Coolangatta

Rick Shores
I’m not sure we have to say much more here than… Bug Roll. Rick Shores famed the Moreton Bay Bug Roll with Sriracha, Bug Mayonnaise and Gem Lettuce. It may only seem like a few ingredients but it’s mighty big on flavour and reputation. Yes, every dish on the menu is top-notch and the magical view adorns many an Instagram account… but people, Bug Roll!
Where: 43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads

Rick Shores Moreton Bay Bug Roll (image supplied)
Rick Shores Moreton Bay Bug Roll (image supplied)

Takeaway

Charis Seafoods
The biggest seafood retailer in Queensland, Charis Seafoods has been supplying the freshest of foods to hungry locals for quite some time. Whether you arrive by boat and just want some freshly cooked fish & chips or you’re in the market for some fresh prawns, everything here is the goods, so feast to your little hearts’ content.
Where: 371 Marine Parade, Labrador 

Two Wise Fish
Being hungry + craving seafood = two deciding factors to take you to Two Wise Fish. It can be found in Mermaid Waters and is up there with some of the best takeaways we’ve ever sampled. Get the seafood basket, and maybe some fresh fish for you to take home and throw on the barbeque?
Where: Shop 1/64 Karbunya Street, Mermaid Waters

The Jolly Roger
If healthy fish and chips are something you’d like to sample, look no further. The Jolly Roger offers Keto fish and chips and it’s all very delicious. The crumbs are made from an almond meal as opposed to flour and there’s also the healthier option of zucchini chips. YUM. Oh, and there’s beer on tap to sip while you’re waiting too.
Where: 3/110 Mountain View Avenue, Miami

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

The Jolly Roger (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)
The Jolly Roger (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)
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