Homemade cakes, tempting cheese and antipasto, and authentic deep-south barbecue flavours - are just a few of the culinary delights you can find in Eatons Hill.
Looking for some new cafes and restaurants to try in North Brisbane? Head to the Moreton Bay Region suburb of Eatons Hill to delight your tastebuds on this gourmet foodie trail.
Homemade cakes from Alfina Raciti have been tempting customers for more than 12 years, and that's why she first opened her cafe, Alfina's Cake and Coffee.
She used to make cakes for the school tuckshop and was encouraged, so she did, to take it a step further.
The choice varies depending on what Alfina likes to make but usually includes carrot or orange cake, vanilla cupcakes, caramel slice and melting moments.
Sometimes her 79-year-old mother makes baked goods for her. Her Nonna biscuits are very popular with customers.
“She did show me how to make them but I can’t make them as well,” Alfina says.
There's a cabinet of cheeses, meats and antipasto delights for those who want something savoury and the cafe hosts deli nights every second Friday from 6.30-8.30pm. The cost is $25 per head (includes a dessert and coffee).
Customers bring their own wine (including coffee and dessert) and pay $25 per head.
“I like the deli nights. They’re quite fun to do,” Alfina says.
“I try to have a really relaxed atmosphere that people enjoy.”
Alfina Cafe and Coffe
6 Bunya Park Drive, Eatons Hill
Phone: 07 3325 5820
According to owners Dave Tresch and Scott Geiszler, EATING your way through the menu at Bluegrass Barbeque is like taking a two-week foodie tour of the deep south.
The pair owns the restaurant that opened last June, with two other business partners sharing their passion for American barbecue and showcasing the range of styles available throughout America.
The guys say that every region barbecues differently, and they enjoy bringing together those flavours and techniques in their menu.
The restaurant in Eatons Hill is their third barbecue venue and follows success in Albion and New Farm.
“The menu is a melding of the other two restaurants. We’ve taken the best bits of both. So far, so good,” Scott says.
The restaurant smokes all their meats on-site and makes everything in-house except the mayonnaise.
They say their style of restaurant is suited to the Eatons Hill community because it appeals to customers of all ages, including families.
“It was a good opportunity to deliver barbecue locally,” Dave says.
The guys love to experiment with flavours and ingredients and even work on smoked jackfruit which will be the vegan equivalent of pulled pork.
They reckon there’s nothing you can’t smoke.
“That’s what I love about food. It’s like art,” Scott says.
Dave agrees, saying you start with base ingredients and add layers.
Although what they are doing is very much about the food, they have also worked hard to build a welcoming place.
“It’s like (the television show) Cheers. We get to know our customers. They’re just over at our place on a Saturday for a barbecue,” Scott says.
Bluegrass Barbeque is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
640 South Pine Road, Eatons Hill
Phone: 07 3264 7043
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