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Gourmet grub for the discerning diner prepared to splurge...
Set inside the historic Ford’s Store, this fine-dining establishment specialises in steak and seafood. The wonderful seafood platter for two ($100) overflows with local scallops, oysters, fish, octopus and salmon.
Receiving a slick makeover meant the loss of its appealing dingy charm, but thankfully the authenticity of the Spanish flavours remain: its seafood paella is still one of Melbourne's best...
There are no surprises at this bar-grill; it’s linked to Scotty’s backpackers and offers up cheap backpacker meals of the lasagne and pasta type, as well as free wine (ask when!)...
Thurlby offers light lunches and cakes accompanied by fresh-picked herbal teas, as well as other herb-based products including soap and aromatherapy treatments...
The groovy local café-bar has changed hands (and names) a few times in recent years, but it’s still a good spot for some simple food and a drink. This place hosts some of the best live musicians touring the Surf Coast.
In South Broken Hill (follow Crystal St west from the train station), this glorious old milk bar is a slice of 1950s nostalgia...
Old-school Italian joint in homey surrounds and a hearty, dependable menu with all the favourites: pizza, pastas, steaks and seafood. Nothing cutting-edge, but its traditional feel is what makes it a local favourite.
Devotees flock to this century-old, wedge-shaped printing-press building to feast on fragrant modern Thai dishes, and to sip delicately flavoured and utterly delicious cocktails. Sit at shared tables or at the bar.
A friendly and colourful haven serving good coffee, excellent home-style burgers and interesting dishes such as the chilli-infused Eggs on Fire...
Fran’s Devonshire Teahouse is in Fran’s house, where she cooks up legendary pies and pastries...
One of several cool eateries to hit Burleigh Heads, Justin Lane is located in a rehabilitated arcade. This pizzeria and bar is a fun and vibrant place with heaps of buzz energy, hustle and bustle...
An urban-island feel permeates Yeppoon’s best restaurant, which serves up Oz-Asian fusion cuisine with interesting takes on local seafood. Loll beneath the fig tree, or clink silverware in the indoor woodsy surrounds.
With stained-glass-window character and a fine pedigree among the state's food critics, Sajo's is a fine place for a meal – for dinner try the seared spice-crusted kangaroo – but it's also a lounge bar of distinction.
An unassuming little takeaway that's been here forever, serving decent pizzas, basic pastas and fish and chips, plus home-made pies, pasties and sausage rolls...
On-site bar and restaurant at Adel's Grove , with a big open-air deck. A two-course set menu dinner and breakfast are included in room rates (though nonguests can eat here too)...
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