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Where To Get The Best American Food In Brisbane

posted by Cass Catsoulis April 16, 2016 17 Comments
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We are always trying to update our mind and stomach, and this post is no exception. We know you loved our post on the best American food in Brisbane from a couple of years ago, so we pulled it from the archives, gave it a fresh update and added a bunch of new restaurants to help you introduce your sheltered Australian palette to the holy grail of American foods. American food is addictive, growin’ and stickin’ around Brisbane and sometimes it can even stick to your hips for- days, weeks and months after that juicy pulled pork slider.

It’s one thing to say that hamburgers are American and that’s about as far as it goes….if you have been to the land of the free and dreamers you can back me up in saying there is oh so much more. It’s so much more than biting into pizza that’s bigger than your head, licking southern BBQ sauce or any sauce for that matter from your hands/ upper arm, although that certainly helps the American label stick.

So the question remains… How does one do American the right way in Brisbane? Well, its simple, don’t eat for a at least 5 hours before you go (maximum food engulfing capacity), wear some baggy clothes, be prepared to try some interesting but always tasty foods and get to one of our top picks below. Oh and maybe take some kind of bib or wash cloth as us Aussies aren’t used to dealing with allll that sauce!

Here are the best American Eats in Brisbane (the updated edition!).

Getta Burger – Carina/ West End/ Bridgeman Downs/Clayfield – has it all, from thick milkshakes with too much cream to handle, cheese, mayo and ketchup on just about everything, BBQ and burgers are their speciality – it’s a winner 

California Native – Coorparoo – West Coast inspired cuisine

Redhook – CBD – putting abitta Brissy’s laneway culture into the merican culture, the tucked away bar serves NYC street food and dranks for a big night or soul searching food nights

Ribs and Burgers – James Street – the name says it all

The Flying Cock – Valley – before the party, there is always food – the chicken schnitzel comes in all sorts of flavours, hit them up on a Wednesday night and get 2 for $20

Southside Diner – Southbank – retro American diner with booths and all

The Smoke BBQ – New Farm – Owned by a born and bread American guy, offering in-house smoked American BBQ these guys are pro’s

Shady Palms – Stones Corner – the pulled port sliders are everything

Pit Boss American – the all-American BBQ

Tippler’s Tap – Teneriffe – craft beer, wings and sliders what more is there really…

5 Boroughs – Stones Corner/ Ascot – NYC Street Food, housing insane burgers and sliders with plenty of needed sauce

Carolina Kitchen – Coorparoo/ Morningside – Southern inspired soul food

Yard Bird Ale House – Fortitude Valley/ Paddington – All- American

Ribbetts – Dutton Park – Ribs, Ribs and more Ribs

New York Dogs – Food Cart, Various Locations

Greaser – Fortitude Valley – don’t get scared by the name… they have music, food and beer, and a side of grease… they play the classics like Johnny Cash and have southern fried chicken wings like no-other, in Brisbane that is

Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall – Caxton Street – their menu may be smaller than others, but the portions are there, along with American vibes

Ribs and Rumps – Fortitude Valley/ Milton – Aussie take on Modern American food

Have I missed your favourite American-inspired restaurant in Brisbane? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll add them to the list!

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Caroline July 2, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Sloppies – Spring Hill

Danielle July 10, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Thanks Caroline!! Due to popular demand Sloppies has been added to the list, can’t wait to get there and try it out!! xxx

Basia September 28, 2015 at 4:55 PM

Hello Caroline

Hello have you been to Texas bar n grill in woolengaba.

Without doubt the best American style restaurant in Brisbane.


Teagan West September 28, 2015 at 9:13 PM

Hi Basia. I haven’t, but will have to check it out! Thanks for stopping by Brisbane Threads!

Jimmy July 2, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Nice list. The only problem with all (any) of the USA food places in Brisbane is that NONE of them serve Rolling Rock beer.

Mike July 6, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Completely outrageous that Sloppies in Brisbane is not on this list! It is by far one of if not the best American restaurant in not just Brisbane but all of Australia. Pretty biased list.

Danielle July 10, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Thanks so much Mike!! Due to popular demand Sloppies has been added to the list! Thanks so much for supporting your local restaurant!! Keep the suggestions coming! 😀

Naomi December 28, 2014 at 5:25 PM

New one in Brisbane cbd… The Buffalo Bar on Mary Street

natasha February 11, 2015 at 12:08 PM

That bbq joint. Burgers at Carina. Amazing!!!

drew February 11, 2015 at 2:38 PM

hudson corner is true smoked bbq.
bvld at springfield is also true smoked bbq.
that bbq joint do amazing brisket.
redhook in the cbd, amazing

Vince Rovere February 26, 2015 at 4:21 PM

The Manhattan Line in Lt Stanley Street, SouthBank. Awesome new American eatery and whiskey bar. Funky Urban atmosphere and great service

Teagan West March 29, 2015 at 9:39 AM

Hi Vince, sounds great! We’ll have to check it out and add it to the list. Thanks for stopping by!

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Nigel November 1, 2015 at 8:50 AM

Twelve Boar in Cleveland, QLD (Brisbane’s Bayside) amazing SMOKED MEATY pork ribs, buffalo wings (ACTUAL AMERICAN BUFFALO WINGS), smoked pulled pork burgers and beef brisket burgers.. oh man their onion rings are to die for. Everything so similar to what they serve in the states. They even do smoked BEEF RIBS!!!

Nigel November 1, 2015 at 8:54 AM

oh.. and run by an American which helps make it pretty authentic…

Teagan West November 1, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Oh awesome! Thanks for letting us know Nigel, we’ll add it to the list!

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