Well known amongst locals, Tribeca NYC prides themselves on having some of the freshest, most authentic and on-trend American dishes on the Gold Coast. More often than not, a Gold Coaster will tell you for the best ribs you’ve got to go to Tribeca on Chevron Island, and that’s not by chance, these boys have done their research!
Brothers Shannon and Brandon Pollard have each had a successful stint in professional sports and therefore spent copious amounts of time in the States. During their athletic careers they fell in love with American cuisine (who wouldn’t?). Since returning to the Gold Coast, the duo along with their mother Carolyn have put their best foot forward in presenting the Coast with some of America’s most loved dishes. They use annual trips as a chance to study everything from culinary style and taste to wait staff attire at New York City’s top restaurants and hidden-gems. As a result, Tribeca’s menu can change in a New York minute. Sahnnon and Brandon have changed the menu 5 times in 16 months to keep their ‘Taste of New York’ up to date!
There is a restaurant in NYC that serves a whopping 38 kinds of Mac ’n’ Cheese and the boys have brought their favourite, Buffalo Crab Mac ’n’ Cheese, back for us to enjoy (yay for research!).
Just because there are simple dishes like Mac ‘n’ Cheese on the menu, don’t be fooled, this ain’t no regular American joint. Its a small venue with a sophisticated fit out. Yes the ribs are finger licking good, but you’ll be eating them with pinkies out.
Some of the other sinful items on the menu include the Ron Jeremy Jr Hot Dog, the Sinatra Supper which is a 1/2 Rack Pork Ribs, Teriaki Chicken Wings, Grilled Prawns and award winning Kinkawooka Black Mussels(yes please!), and of course ribs. With a current emphasis on seafood in NYC, Brandon recommends the prawn fireball and tells us it is his favourite dish. We liked them, but we’ve got to give a shot out to the tacos too.
We aren’t the only ones recognising how fantastic the food at Tribeca is. They are currently finalists in the QLD Taste Awards their grilled prawn salad and for the pepper prawn chicken. However in our opinion, nothing compared to the fall off the bone Harlem Rack Ribs served with a side of potato salad, they were truly one of the best dishes we’ve tried in a while (Fo real!).
Wednesday get a rack of ribs for $22! It’s a steal and everybody knows it, so you’ll have to book in advance if you want to take advantage of this amazing deal. It’s not uncommon for them to be booked three weeks in advance!
Pre-paid coffee cards. For $11 you can get a card that will get you small coffees for $2.75 and for $17 you can get large coffees for $3.75.
Their killer selection of wine is so good they have made award-winning wine writer, Tyson Stelzer’s top places to get wine on the Gold Coast list. Regarding Tribeca NYC’s selection, Tyson has said “You don’t need to go to a five-star venue to get five-star wine.” Other venues on the list include Moo Moo, Palazzo Versace and The Fish House.
Drink specials from 6pm-7:30pm
Coming soon – Little Italy Thursdays featuring authentic Italian/NYC style meatballs.
Almost any dish can be made gluten free. Take that coeliac!
Hump day is always a fun time, the week is half over and it’s a downhill slope to the weekend. You know what else is a fun time? Cheap and delicious foods. Combine the two and you’ve got yourself the best day of the week.
Here you go hungry ones (listed from north to south).
At Misono Japanese Steakhouse (within Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa) you can enjoy quite the delicious feast for just $45pp. Choose from steak, chicken and salmon or steak, chicken and scallops plus Miso Soup, salad, steamed rice and vegetables. It’s quite the feast.
Where: 158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise
Pork belly ramen certainly sounds like the goods and of course, Après Surf has you covered there. Just $10 for the tasty treat, get it while the nights are still chilly.
Where: 2376 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
What’s not to love about The Cambus Wallace, tucked away in Nobby’s. On Wednesday’s there’s $15 whisky glazed ribs and soulful jazz tunes. So. Much. Goodness.
Where: 2237 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach
Bine Bar & Dining are serving up $1 dumplings every Wednesday so you may shovel as many into your face as you can afford. There’s vegetable, pork and chicken and prawn flavours so get down there for a feast.
Where: 1/28 Chairlift Ave, Miami
Miami Marketta is the place to be on hump day with tons of tasty tapas plates to share with your mates (or not). From just six bucks a pop, you can afford to splurge.
Where: 23 Hillcrest Pde, Miami
It’s ladies night at Ze Pickle and for $20 gals, you can get yourself a Chee-ze Burger and a glass of house wine. Bottoms up.
Where: Cnr or Park Ave and Connor Sts, Burleigh Heads
Overlooking (and right on top of tbh) the ocean is Currumbin Beach Vikings, the much-loved surf club for young and old. They do $10 meals on Wednesdays, think fish and chips, steak and schnitzels. At Where: 741 Pacific Pde, Currumbin
The Kirra Surf Club is always a fun time and particularly if you’re down that way on a Wednesday. Grab yourself a (super filling) $16 schnitzel chips and salad and a frosty beer to wash it down.
Where: 15 Marine Pde, Kirra
Southerners get excited, at The Coolangatta Hotel on Wednesday’s you can eat all the oysters for just $1 each or $1.50 for Kilpatrick. Yes please.
Where: Cnr Warner St and Marine PDe, Coolangatta
Words by Kirra Smith.
Yes, Americana fans, whether it’s the 4th of July or you just want a super-sized hot dog with the lot, the Gold Coast can cater to you. While it may not be widely acceptable to light fireworks and party in American flags here, you can get behind the land of the free and brave’s favourite pastime – overeating. Love ’em or hate ’em, those red-blooded yanks know what they are doing when it comes to grilling’ up dogs, burgers and ribs; and here are the Gold Coast’s top spots to get your American on.
Easy Street Diner
The team at Easy Street changed the American food game on the Gold Coast big time. Besides the super cool and Instagram worthy all American diner interior, the food is so good you’ll be back for more! It’s the optimum hangover hangout but be advised they’re usually super busy, even on a Monday. Food-wise, they’ve got it all, from Mac ’n’ Cheese to burgers to fried chicken (yes, even fried chicken with waffles and maple syrup). The most ordered burger on their menu though? Look no further than the Double Royale with Cheese, it’s simply double the meat, double the cheese and double the experience. Extra points for ordering in your best American accent à la Pulp Fiction.
Where: 2563 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
The guys at Brooklyn Depot set the bar high for all the other American eateries on the Coast. Get in there and chow down on bourbon-glazed beef brisket, good ole’ Texas Style Short Ribs or grab the Statue of Liberty hot dog sprinkled with potato chips. Not full yet, well wash it all down with one of their delectable assortment of authentic 1950s style shakes, we suggest The Nutty Professor with the sweetest combo of Nutella and Peanut Butter and a shot of Kahlua can be added for a little 18+ zing.
Where: The 4217, Beach Road, Surfers Paradise
Coined as a ‘clean-cut dive bar’, expect to see all the nostalgic odes to North American yesteryear at this Broadbeach hotspot. If you’re not there to catch live action sports, you must certainly go for the food. If it’s you and someone else, we highly recommend the Fat Freddy’s Feast: two burgers, loaded curly fries and four pieces of fried chicken wings. And if there’s space, a Chocolate S’more thick shake to wash it down! The effort at Fat Freddy’s has been to reinvent American Diner classics and provide late night eats until very late, seven days.
Where: 50 Surf Parade, Broadbeach
Eddies Grub House
All marinated in blues and rock n’ roll, Eddies Grub House is the go-to spot for a killer burger or fried chicken in Cooly whilst serenading you in the smoothest soundtrack of any bar around. The usual burgers can be found here but if you’re seriously hangry, go for The Triple BBQ Heartbreaker with 3 x char grilled 120g beef patties, TRIPLE bacon, TRIPLE cheese, red onion Boozy BBQ sauce and a special sauce. You might need a mate to tag team you on this one. While you are there, pick up an order of the cheese-topped and gravy slathered Chizzle and Grizzle Fries — outstanding. Then, settle yourself in, but don’t forget to taste your way through their impressive American whiskey collection.
Where: 171 Griffith Street, Coolangatta
The Loose Moose
Ok, we cheated a little on this one, but as Canada is a very close cousin to the USA, it’s still worth including. This Broadbeach venue promises ‘dirty food made clean’. So, if you’ve been craving Buffalo Wings (do you think you could handle them tossed in the Ass Burner sauce featuring the Carolina Reaper Chilli Sriracha, the hottest in the world?) or one of their four seriously awesome Hot Dawgs, go crazy and keep a relatively clear conscience (until you devour that Snickers Brownie at the end). Another Loose Moose selling point is their extensive bar selection, offering 130 whiskeys, 30 rums, 20 gins, 60 bottled beers, plus a large selection of vodka, cognac, tequila, wine and 25 beers on tap!
Where: Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach
Luckie’s Diner – The Collective
Pork Belly Nuggets are the gift that just keeps on giving, and if you haven’t dropped by The Collective in Palm Beach to try them out, we suggest you rectify this stat. The whole Luckie’s menu reads like a fantastical and delicious excuse to grab some friends and indulge in the guiltiest of cheat day meals. Share a variety of side plates to get started before chomping down into one of their classic burgers. You’ll be planning your next visit before you know it.
Where: The Collective 1128 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
House of Brews
House of Brews might be more famous for their controversial cocktails and endless selection of quality beers, but their food menu is definitely worthy of a mention! The Onion Ring Tower with Boston cheese sauce is the perfect start to your evening snack attack. Now can we introduce you to the Ultimate Wing Bucket… 100 wings for $100! You do the math, how few people can you invite to achieve your maximum wing annihilation? If there’s room, the usual Mac ’n’ Cheese and Cheesy Fries should round out your meal. It doesn’t get more American than that!
Where: 17 Orchid Ave, Surfers Paradise
Born in New York in 1965, the people of the Gold Coast rejoiced when the experts in American bar and grill diners opened in 2019 at Robina Town Centre (still the only location in Queensland). Arguably the founder of the iconic ‘Happy Hour’, TGI (thank god it’s) FRIDAYS is where it’s at all week! Offering all your favourite American dishes like Mac ‘n’ Cheese Bites, Wings (with five different sauces), ribs, burgers and some of the most decadent desserts around, make sure you leave enough room to fit in one of their ultimate cocktails.
Where: Robina Town Centre, Robina
Hard Rock Cafe
Every major city’s got one; Hard Rock Cafe is the ultimate American restaurant/sports bar (but interestingly, the first Hard Rock Cafe actually opened in London in 1971). But how many can say their iconic neon guitar sign caught on fire? Yeah, ours was a flaming’ guitar back in 2004! You can’t go wrong ordering the Original Legendary Burger (the burger that started it all), but of course you’ll need a side of Golden Onion Rings some beer or cocktails to wash it down, just make sure you save room for the Hot Fudge Brownie — the ultimate American experience for all the family.
Where: Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise
Words by Alex Mitcheson.
It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of a new restaurant opening on the Coast every five minutes, we get it. However it’s important to remember there are MANY places that have been around a little while now worth a (re)visit. One such place is Ribs and Rumps, located on the waters edge at Marina Mirage.
In the spirit of appreciating ALL the delicious foods on offer around the Coast, we’ve collated the three top reasons to visit Ribs and Rumps.
All of the meats:
As you might expect, Ribs and Rumps specialise in all things meaty. Recently the menu has been updated to include some tasty new treats and of course, all the old favourites. If ribs (and lots of them) are your thing, opt for Ribs, Ribs & Ribs – it’s 1kg of their famous combo, pork, beef and lamb ribs, served with coleslaw and fries, mash or herb and garlic potatoes.
That’s right friends, never again do you need to choose a measly single serve cocktail. Ribs and Rumps have just introduced said jugs of cocktails and, as you might imagine, they are going gangbusters amongst those who don’t mind a refreshingly delicious beverage (or three). Nothing in the world sounds better than an entire jug filled with Sour Watermelon Mojito right? Right.
There are very few places on the Coast where you can eat and drink while gazing longingly at giant yachts you’ll never be able to afford. Happily, at Ribs and Rumps, you can do exactly that. The venue overlooks the marina and is usually jam packed with spectacularly shiny vessels bobbing away in the sunshine. If not, you can always just watch over the sparkly water and that’s not so bad either is it.
Sounds like it’s about time for a trip to Marina Mirage doesn’t it gang? See you there for a sunset session.
LOCATION: Marina Mirage, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
HOURS: 11.30am to 10pm daily.