The fact alone that Stones Corner has free street parking had us sold, but when we discovered their incredible range of restaurants and cafés, we almost had a heart attack (and not just because we ran all the way there immediately. Just kidding, we don’t run). More than just our fave annual festival location, we’ve located the top places to visit if you ever have the pleasure of being within a stone’s throw of the area.
If you’re looking to spice up your life, you’ve gotta check out Chili Coco for authentic Thai Cuisine. You’ll find it hard to choose between their pad Thai, panang curry or massaman beef, but for us it’s a Thai between the salt and pepper soft shell crab and chilli basil crispy chicken. Eating with your mates? They’ve got a list of specials that’ll keep your group satisfied – or one G&G writer.
Dreaming about cheesy enchiladas, but also have a serious craving for some chicken korma? Who doesn’t feel like that at least once a week? Choose between your two loves no longer, because IndiMex has conveniently put them side by side on their menu, dishing up funky Indian with a Mexican twist. Sip a margarita while you wait for your curry and dunk some garlic naan into your guacamole – no one will bat an eyelid here.
Stop by this cosy café for a coffee hit and stay for the mouth-watering aromas coming from the kitchen (a contrast to our own, which just smells like burnt toast most of the time). Stones Throw offers house blends or single origins that change weekly, or be a certified health god with one of their smoothies – and make sure you fuel up for the day with a breakfast chimichanga.
Not just your typical tuna and avo sushi, Doujo serves up a menu of delectable Japanese eats that aren’t the usual suspects. Re-hydrate with Orion beer and a side of Takoyaki, or dig into their wagyu steak – but we’re really melting over their crispy pork sirloin roll stuffed with oozy cheese. If you’re feeling traditional, their chicken katsu rolls are a must.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day (or so we’re told), so make every meal count with all-day breakfast at Suburban Café. Sit outside with the fam as you smash a plate of avo and baked pumpkin on sourdough, and watch the “kids” enjoy a stack of buttermilk pancakes (which you helped them finish, of course).
Lady Marmalade is a Stones Corner veteran, and if you haven’t stopped by for a weekend breakfast special you should make it your top priority. Tuck into raspberry sherbet chia pudding with pomegranate, coconut yogurt and toasted almonds for a light snack or devour chilli cheese cornbread waffles, topped with savoury mince, chorizo, black beans and a fried egg. Top it off with a cheeky soy latte and you’ll be fuelled up to belt out the Moulin Rouge classic song.
If you’re a burger fan, 5 Boroughs is another restaurant to add onto your list of must try spots. Serving up New York inspired street eats, their menu is jam packed with classic burgers, as well as bar food with a twist. Think traditional beef burgers accompanied by ginger pepper caramel chicken wings, slow cooked BBQ pork ribs and a side of house made panko fish fingers. Wash it all down with a local pale ale or 5 Boroughs bottomless iced tea and you’re in for a finger lickin’ good time.
Anywhere that serves dirty fries is top notch in our books. Shady Palms loads their fries up with brisket, cheese, bacon bits, mustard, BBQ sauce and ranch – because you can never have too many condiments. They’re best paired with more greasy goodness like deep fried pickles and Southern fried chicken. All this with a booze menu, live tunes and breakfasts to cure your hangover the next morning? Can we just move in?
An epic menu of pub grub, regular food truck events, weekly trivia and plenty of craft beers on tap – the Stones Corner Hotel is the local we all wish we had just down the road. Between the 8 chicken parmies on the menu and the lineup of craft brews at the bar you might find yourself asking for a little more time to decide what to have. Best order some bacon and cheese garlic bread while you mull over the choices.
Whether you’re in the mood for pizza, pasta, sharing (or not), steak, or just an ice cold brew, The Bent Elbow has got options for you. A pile of sticky pork ribs and crispy soft shelled crabs might not help combat that wobbly flab under your bent elbow, but at least it’s delicious. Anyway, you’ll work it off doing the hard work of lifting their 12 tap beers to your lips, including a chocolate porter and an Italian blood orange cider that needs to be consumed in bulk to be believed.
So maybe the next time the traffic crawls to a stop on Logan Road you should take it as a sign – stay a while and eat your way through the Stones Corner cafes and restaurants!
Words by Sophia Lunn and Taylare Maddern, the gourmands who find that sticks and stones don’t break their bones, but Stones Corner is their first stop when their hungry.