Here we are in June and that means the year is almost half over. As always what (and we cannot stress this enough) on Earth is happening.
Anyway, another month over means another slew of local venues opened that you may or may not have been able to keep up with.
So here’s a little list that you should definitely tick off before even more come into our lives. Which they are, at a rapid rate.
The little sister venue of Mermaid’s Japanese eatery institution, Itoshin, is Little Itoshin found in Miami and offering the same calibre of tasty eats in an intimate, brightly coloured setting. With big servings and exceptional quality, Little Itoshin is already a firm favourite and since you may both eat in and takeaway, there’s no excuse not to test it out ASAP.
Where: Shop 6/110 Mountain View Ave, Miami
Found up north in Parkwood, Ida’s Kitchen is a sleek breakfast and lunch spot offering up delicious dishes, five-star coffee and some of the best baked goods around. Fresh, simple ingredients are used to create dishes like Kimchi Waffles (with karaage chicken – EPIC) and Shroom Fritters and maybe a little Lemon Cheesecake for dessert. It’s the goods guys.
Where: 250 Olsen Ave, Parkwood
Stoked Wood Fire Pizza
Love you pizza. Especially of the wood-fired variety, all fresh and crunchy and with some of the best toppings about. The crew behind Nook brought us Stoked last month and having been there several times, we’re pretty happy about it. There’s a Mexi-pizza that’s the coming together of the two great cuisines and a seafood one that you’ll go back for time and time again. Best.
Where: Stockland Burleigh Heads, West Burleigh Rd, Burleigh Heads
Yes we’re cheating a little here but when Pipit opened in Pottsville last month, we knew we had to cover it. It’s a contemporary venue celebrating northern rivers produce and wood-fired cooking with a menu that changes often and a chef-chosen selection of dishes that we highly recommend sampling. If a roadtrip for exceptional eats is up your alley, pop Pipit on the list, it’s next-level.
Where: 8 Coronation Ave, Pottsville
A health conscious haven across from the beach in Coolangatta, Earth Pantry has an array of nourishing goodies to soothe your soul (and your hungry belly). The menu is packed with very-good-for-you smoothies and bliss bowls plus tons of breaky and lunch favourites with a healthy twist and takeaway goodies too. Highly recommend the Sushi Bowl with seared miso salmon, it’s the absolute goods.
Where: 8/110 Marine Pde, Coolangatta
Cychos Buffalo Wings
You know what we’re really grateful for? Fried chicken. What a tasty treat. Which is why it’s a really good thing that Cychos Buffalo Wings opened up a venue in Southport recently. They’re serving up some of the very best burgers and wings around à la their quite famous local food truck and you should go there TODAY and try it out.
Where: 6 Young Street, Southport
We also love pies A LOT. So it was with great happiness we welcomed Pie Pie into the Burleigh Heads fray. They’re offering up gourmet pies, the likes of which we’ve never seen (looking at you Danny Dorito) and healthy bowls in case not eating pies is your thing. Silly you. Find them on the highway for all your exceptional pastry eating needs.
Where: 1887 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
Words and photos by Kirra Smith