Whether it’s a takeaway dinner to feed the family or a gastropub feed for a crowd, Toowoomba takes the combination of beers and burgers very seriously!
Fully licensed, Phat Burgers pumps out gourmet burgers all with delightfully cheeky names – try the Redneck (beef patty, bacon, egg and pineapple), the Foghorn (crumbed chicken, bacon, cheese and chilli jam) or the famous Burghoffer (which is ‘bigger than Clive’). They are huge supporters of local produce; all their beef is grass-fed and sourced from the Darling Downs.
Address: 513A Ruthven Street
Phone: 4638 4738
The Royal on Ruthven
With a beer garden practically begging for a Sunday session, The Royal has a huge menu of all your regular pub favourites, including a steak sandwich, a beef burger and a crumbed chicken burger. Settle into the outdoor courtyard with a pint and you might happily lose your whole afternoon.
Address: 189 Ruthven Street
Phone: 4632 4665
The Federal Hotel
The Fed has a great family bistro with classic pub favourites and affordable kid’s meals. The sports bar is perfect for a casual drink or catching up with friends – along with whatever is playing on FOX Sports. The steak sandwich with caramelised onion is legendary, as is the pulled pork burger. There’s even a vegan burger if that’s more your style!
Address: 111 James Street
Phone: 4632 3262
The Southern Hotel
The Southern offers several dining options, including family bistro Fire+Ice, the sports-loving Bar 839 and casual Café Inferno. The big southern burger has a 200g house-made angus beef patty (and all the toppings), which the southern fried chicken burger will have you dreaming of the south (or at least the southern!). There’s also a vegetarian friendly burger with portobello mushroom.
Address: 111 James Street
GPO Bar & Cafe
The old post office is a heritage-listed sandstone building in the inner-city. With three delicious burgers to choose from (beef, chicken and pork) and a strong beer list of craft and premium brews, GPO is just as much a classic as ever. If the weather is nice, try for a table outside or on the verandah, which is always a beautiful vibe.
Address: 140 Margaret Street
Phone: 4659 9240
The Met Hotel
The newly refurbished Met has a cheeseburger and a buttermilk fried chicken burger – both with optional bacon (that would be a yes from us!). The short and simple menu is in keeping with this trendy pub owned by a young local family in town. There’s an emphasis on craft beers, and the live music will round out the night nicely.
Address: 348-350 Ruthven Street
Phone: 4613 3220
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