Take your tastebuds Stateside with South Bank’s American offerings …
The Manhattan Line
A fresh face to the South Bank dining scene, The Manhattan Line is bringing its own spin on American eats to the Little Stanley Street location. Blending a gritty New York City aesthetic with sunny Brisbane hospitality, the team has created a comfortable space that is perfect for a late-night tipple or an afternoon feast. The Manhattan Line is a one-stop spot for fries, wings, onion rings, hot dogs, American whiskies, beers and fun bottled cocktails.
Next Door Kitchen & Bar
Lock and load and prepare for an injection of authentic American fare. Next Door Kitchen & Bar serves up the goods with its Gangster Chicken Wings and Shot-Gun Sandwich, filled with maple bacon and Cajun prawns. Next Door draws inspiration from the Roaring Twenties, complete with a selection of prohibition-era cocktails such as The Hideout Julep.
Tomahawk Bar is known for its great selection of craft beer and perfectly paired food menu, which includes some great Southern-style soul food amongst its broad selection. The meatball sandwich, Baja fish tacos, American-style cheeseburger and popcorn chicken are just a fraction of the fare you can select from on the Tomahawk menu – just make sure you pair your meal with a nice American pale ale or IPA.
South Side Diner
An American Food Trail would not be complete without a visit to South Side Diner, home of authentic American eating. The breakfast, lunch and dinner menus boast some delicious fare ranging from simple appetisers like mac ’n cheese, corn dogs and buttered corn on the cob, to main meals such as twice-cooked beef brisket, Creole grilled chicken and Reuben sandwiches. Be sure to save room for a slice of cherry pie and ice-cream for dessert. To wash it all down, South Side Diner has an authentic selection of drinks, including Hank’s Root Beer, Dr Pepper and speciality shakes. For something a bit stronger, try the Americana-themed cocktails such as the Detroit Daquiri, The Rizzo Fizzo and the 57 Chevy or the cheeky Tootsie Roll hard shake. And just like an American diner, South Side pours bottomless cups of filter coffee.
Taking its name from the famous party strip in New Orleans’ French Quarter, Bourbon Street embodies Southern hospitality and the city’s love for good food and drink. The menu includes Creole-style dishes such as tomato Creole bisque, gumbo with smoked andouille sausage, crab cakes, sticky short ribs with grits and a range of po’ boys. If your mouth isn’t watering yet, maybe you’d prefer a traditional Louisiana pecan pie, or some ivory cream with crisp biscuit and sweet Creole sauce.
Live Fire Bar and Restaurant
Live Fire Steak Bar caters to carnivores that are after something succulent to chew on, but don’t let the name fool you – there is much more on the menu than just char-grilled beef. The kitchen serves finger-licking American cuisine ranging from barbecue smoked dishes such as hickory-smoked braised beef ribs and smoked beef brisket to barbecue pork ribs. Patrons after smaller meals can chomp on a LXF hot dog topped with herb and leek cheddar, Southern-fried hot wings with house-made ranch sauce or barbecue rub char-grilled chicken served with sides of onion rings, coleslaw or barbecued corn cobs. Herbivores haven’t been forgotten about either – Live Fire whips up a great Waldorf salad, complete with sliced apple, candied walnuts and shaved celery, topped with a blue cheese and herb mayo dressing.
When you’re craving a burger, look no further than Burger Urge. The New Yorker boasts American-style cheese, crispy bacon and pickles, while the Hawaii Six-0 blends the tropical flavours of wasabi lime mayo, pineapple, chilli sauce and marinated chicken. If you want some sides to accompany your burger, order a serve of spicy buffalo wings or tempura onion rings, and a milkshake to wash them down.
South Bank Surf Club
Forget surf and turf, the South Bank Surf Club cooks some delicious American eats as part of its modern surf club-style menu. Next time you drop in for a bite, consider ordering the barbecue pork ribs, some of Momma’s Finger Licking Buffalo Wings with blue cheese dipping sauce, a serving of South American spiced barbecue chicken or the pulled pork sandwich with New York pickles and mustard slaw.