ON TREND: Lake Macquarie was missing a dedicated burger restaurant – until now. Burger Bros. at Belmont 16s is proving a hit. Word is starting to spread and Burger Bros. is fast becoming the eatery of choice at Belmont 16 Foot Sailing Club.
Food & Wine visited last week and can vouch for the $13 “Southern Bro” –southern fried chicken, smashed avocado, cheddar, shredded cos, slaw and black garlic mayo.
There is a strong craft beer focus at The Boat Shed Bar + Galley, where Burger Bros. can be found, and a host of members’ specials.Thursday is “Independent’s Day” where four local beers are offered for $6 per schooner, and on Wednesday burgers are $8 if purchased with a drink (conditions apply).
Burger Bros. at Belmont 16s.
The club began as a one-room clubhouse opposite Sharp Street in Belmont and was granted a liquor licence in 1952. A larger club was built in stages on land by Mill Creek and in 1980 the Spinnaker Room was completed. The Brian Ellis Boat Shed openedin 2011 and by 2015 it had transformed intoThe Boat Shed Bar + Galley with 16 craft beers on tap and a huge cocktail list.
Burger Bros. is open Wednesday to Sunday. Children are welcome.
Burger Bros. at Belmont 16s.
New at Mayfield Burger Bros. at Belmont 16s.
Westside Pizzeria has been doing a brisk trade sinceopening in Mayfield just over a month ago. It is open Wednesday to Sunday, 5pm to 9pm, and offers hand-stretched, stone-baked pizza with a thin crust and loads of flavour.
Slice of heavenJohn Standret opened his sixth Domino’s franchise in Cameron Park last week. He also owns Domino’s Newcastle City, Mayfield, Warners Bay, Wallsend and Glendale.
“I live locally, so when I got the opportunity to open in the area, I jumped at the chance to set up shop,” he said.
Domino’s Cameron Park is equipped with technology innovations such as the GPS Driver Tracker and On-Time Cooking as well as digital menu boards, in-store Wi-Fi and a new store design. It is located at Shop 4, 119 Stenhouse Drive, Cameron Park.
Picnic in the ParkGrab a blanket or chair and some nibbles and head to Picnic in the Park at Toronto foreshore thisFriday, November 10, 5.30pm to 7.30pm. You can enjoy live music from National Music Academy’s Vocal Revolution Choir and free games including giant Jenja or Yahtzee. This event is aninitiative of the Sustainable Neighbourhood Alliance, Toronto Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Group, Ability Links,Lake Mac LibrariesandLake Macquarie City Council.
Meet the MoBroWhile men the country over are putting down the razor this month in the spirit of Movember, Doughheads have launched their MoBro’s doughnut. Theywill donate $1 from every MoBro sold tothe Movember Foundation.
It’s all about raising funds and awareness for men’s physical and mental health.
The MoBro doughnut is dipped in Glee espresso icing and then stuffed with fresh banana and salted caramel and topped with a dark chocolate moustache.
The MoBro’s movement is the latest partnership in Doughheads’ monthly charity initiative. Headchef Kallan Bragg has setthe bar for male members of the Doughheads team, having already trimmedand styled his moustache into the faithful horseshoe.
Communal feastStreet Feast returns to Market Street Lawn this Saturday, November 11, 4pm to 8pm. Bring arug and dine under the stars while enjoying live local music.
Coffee to goAfter a couple of false starts Barista Miss has opened at 79 Regent Street, Lambton. Gillian and her team know their coffee and serve a simple all-day menu with smoothies and milkshakes to keep the kidshappy. Barista Missis open 6am to 3.30pm, Monday to Friday, and 6am to 2pm on Saturday.
Also, Blackwood Apothecary has opened at 75b Regent Street, New Lambton.
Name changeCaves Beach Hotel is now known asCaves Coastal Bar & Bungalows – and that’s not the only change. The dining area has been revamped and every Sunday in November, from 4pm to 6pm, children eat free and can play on a jumping castle(weather permitting). There is also live entertainment. On Fridays there is a free barbecue from 4pm to 6pm.
Organic tastesCrowne Plaza Newcastle’s Seasalt Restaurantis hosting A Taste of Tamburlaine on December 1.Mark Davidson, managing director and chief winemaker from Tamburlaine Organic Wines, is matching organic wines to afive-course menu. Tickets $120 per person by phoning4907 5075.
Grow Your OwnMusic festival Grow Your Own is branching out to include home-grown talent in all its forms. And that includes our farmers and producers. Bungwahl’s Burraduc Farm is already on board, known for its buffalo dairy products, with more to be announced. The festival is on December 22 atTuncurry Footy Fields, Beach Street, Tuncurry. Tickets are on sale now.
Friendly faceThe Autumn Rooms has taken over 127 Darby Street and is the creation of Becci Fowler, of The Tea Collective, and her partner Ben Richardson.Becci says Ben is “the face” of The Autumn Roomsand has ownership interests inThe Junction Hotel, The Sunnyside Tavern and The Premier. Oh, and he’s a nice guy.
“He took a year out last year and went down to Melbourne to train and build a strong relationship with Proud Mary Coffee Roasters as he wanted to bring his skills to Darby Street,” she told Food & Wine.
The Autumn Rooms is now open for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.
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