Whenever I come back from Melbourne I’m always a bit sad that the GC isn’t as grown up when it comes to food… yet.  In the past couple of years dining out and drinking coffee here has become much more fun because there’s so many more choices.   So I thought it was time I put down a list of my local faves (christened the ‘Golden Jam Jar Awards’).

Coffee

Check out my best coffee post.  Whilst reducing my dairy intake of late I’ve had a great opportunity to really taste coffee and am even more convinced the places on this list rock!

Dining out

So how to put these into some sort of order?  I guess I’ll start out with price (suggestions on how to classify these are welcome… suburb? food type?).  Note that I’ve yet to blog some of these places but have definitely visited each of them (if I have blogged, I’ve put a ‘*’ next to the link, if I haven’t blogged yet the link will go to the restaurant’s website).  Yum!

$ – under $15 per main

Burger Lounge, Kirra*

Barefoot Barista (Cafe), Palm Beach*

Blackboard Specialty Coffee, Varsity Lakes*

Borough Barista (Cafe), Burleigh Heads*

Commune (Cafe), Burleigh Heads*

Govinda’s (Hare Krishna = Vegetarian), Burleigh Heads

Guzman y Gomez (Mexican), Broadbeach*

The Deck, Currumbin Beach*

The Silo Cafe, Carrara Markets* (shameless plug – it’s our cafe, but it’s awesome!)

Top Noodle (Japanese), Coolangatta

$$ – $15-25 per main

Harvest, Newrybar* (Yes this is not on the GC but worth travelling for. NB: lunch and dinner can fall into the $25+ category.)

Justin Lane Pizzeria, Burleigh Heads*

Mecca Bah, Broadbeach

Oz Thai (for take away only), Palm Beach

Taboon, Varsity Lakes

Zullaz (Curry), Burleigh Heads (please try the goat [yes, goat] curry and their desserts!)

$$$ – $25 per main +

Allure on Currumbin*

Bazaar at the QT, Surfers Paradise*

Champagne Brasserie (French), Broadbeach

Hellenika (Greek), Nobbys Beach

Moo Moo, Broadbeach

Oskars, Burleigh Heads (an old fave)

The Little Truffle, Mermaid Beach*

My GC dining out wish list for 2012:

Bread and Butter (Tapas), Kirra

Glass, Marina Mirage

Chill on Tedder, Main Beach

Songbirds, Mt Tamborine

Ten (Japanese), Broadbeach

Verve, Broadbeach Waters*

That’s a rather short list, so suggestions welcome! (although I do intend to revisit those places I haven’t blogged about as yet so that will give me plenty to do 😉 )

Brisbane wish list: Montrachet (French), Pintxo Spanish Taperia, Ortiga, E’cco, Harajuku Gyoza, Anouk

Melbourne wish list: Too many to mention…!