If you’ve paid the occasional bill, wondered what a tax return was, and can kind-of-not-really remember the awkward time that was high school, congratulations! You’re officially grown, so good on you for getting this far! And while being an adult means relishing Netflix and wine any damn night of the week, we also know there’s still that fairy-bread loving kid inside! So whisk your worries away and head to these sentimental restaurants catering to that big kid at heart.
The Low Road Café ǀ Windsor
Alas, since it’s no longer socially acceptable for adults to have tantrums, next time that you feel angry, don’t get upsetti – have spaghetti! Spaghetti on toast that is. Pair it with their whipped cream and sprinkles ice coffee, and you’ll be smiling in no time.
Little Clive ǀ Annerley
Alongside watching Saturday Disney or Blinky Bill, eating your way through a mammoth stack of syrupy pancakes was one of the best ways to start the morning. To reminisce on those good old days, head over to Little Clive, who upped the ante of their epic pancake stack by topping it with fairy floss.
Piggy Back Café ǀ Jindalee
Nothing makes one feel more youthful than a solid cup of jo. Let’s face it – coffee is basically the nectar of the gods and taking its amazingness one step further is Piggy Back café. Their beautiful rainbow lattes are not only super aesthetic but will have you feeling like Peter Pan in no time!
Mylk & Ko ǀ New Farm
Imaginary friends may be long gone, but one childhood fantasy that still lives today is the magical unicorn – and it comes in the form of a yummy cocowhip sundae! Even the most serious neigh-sayers will fall in love with the coconut-based soft serve topped with sparkly glitter and rainbow sprinkles.
DoughLord ǀ Brisbane City
No list of nostalgic childhood food would be complete without edible cookie dough, and DoughLord is one place that does it best. Thanks to watching way too much of Cookie Monster as children, we at the G&G now can’t go a day without munching on DoughLord’s crumbly Peanut Butter Brownie blend.
Billykart Bar ǀ West End
While mac ‘n’ cheese had a rep as that thing you eat when there’s nothing else left in the fridge, it’s still pretty damn delicious and the definition of ‘OTP’. To get your macaroni on, check out Billykart’s bite-sized version which comes fried with decadent truffle oil.
Melt Brothers ǀ Mt Gravatt and Brisbane City
When we were little, toasties were king. Flash forward to modern day and it continues to reign as our go-to choice for lunch. Combine two childhood foods into one and grab Melt Brother’s M.C Cheesy mac ‘n’ cheese meal. Bonus points if you snag some tater tots as well!
Nutri Hitt ǀ Hamilton
What food best encapsulates childhood memories, you ask? We’re not too sure, but peanut butter and jelly is a strong contender for the top of the list, especially Nutri Hitt’s sweet and crunchy version that is peanut butter jelly, on a nutty base, wrapped in divine dairy chocolate.