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Gringos Mexican Cantina

Riding off the back of my lovely dinner at Tres a Cinco, I was keen for some more Mexican food. A quick look around led me to Gringos Mexican Cantina, which is not only close to where I live, but also made Zomato’s collection of best street food. I was sold. Initial impressions were a tad underwhelming; take away the obligatory Frida Kahlo references and hot sauce bottles, and this place may as well be a family restaurant in one of the quainter Sydney suburbs. The crowds however were a good sign; despite it only being a Wednesday, there was only one seat left for walk-ins, and everyone seemed to be enjoying their food heartily. The mural on the back…

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Big Dog’s Deli

After over a year of being engaged, Chris and I have finally booked our wedding venue! The original plan was to go back down to Melbourne around May to check out, and hopefully book a place, but obviously that couldn’t happen. Thankfully we weren’t planning on getting married until the year after I finish med school, aka 2022, so there was no harm done, and we were still able to get the venue we wanted for when we wanted. And in case anyone is curious, we’re getting married at Glasshaus Inside, aka probably the most beautiful, and most millennial place to get hitched in all of Melbourne.

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Belle’s Hot Chicken

Belle’s Hot Chicken has a special place in my heart. The first time I ever ate there was in Melbourne, and unbeknownst to me at the time, it was just hours before I was to receive the call that kickstarted my pharmacy career. Sure, it wasn’t a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but at the time, getting a job offer at a large hospital after 3 months of desperately looking for work was the best feeling in the world. As it turns out, I wasn’t the only one who’s come a long way since 2015. In the last 5 years, not only has Belle’s became a stalwart for southern fried chicken in Melbourne, it’s also expanded across…

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Arepa

My biggest fear when it comes to going out to eat in Sydney is finding a cool new place, only to have it close before I can make my way to it. Given how fast the restaurant turnaround can be, coupled with the fact that there’s usually a 6 month gap (minimum) between me finding a place and actually going to eat there, it’s happened more than once before and left me quite upset. And to be honest, I had half expected Arepa to be gone by the time I actually got around t eating there, but as far as new openings go these days, they’re rather tenacious, and have been doing a brisk trade for the last few months…

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Huxtaburger Redfern

Remember Huxtaburger? If you’re from Melbourne, you’ll know it as the very first gourmet American-styled burger to hit the city – almost 10 years ago! – and was almost single-handedly responsible for ushering in the new era of quality burgers that we now take for granted. So am I back in Melbourne then? Unfortunately not, but there is a silver lining here. Over the last decade, Huxtaburger has turned itself into a mini-empire, and is now slinging sandwiches across 9 locations and 3 states. And the NSW branch is in Redfern, though those who have been to the original Huxtaburger in Collingwood would find this location almost unrecognisable. Instead of a tiny diner with retro vibes and the bones of…

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Mary’s Newtown

Mary’s in Sydney is like what Huxtaburger is to Melbourne; it’s a stark divider from the before, where burgers are limited to either fast food, or sandwiches slapped carelessly together on the counter of a fish and chip shop. Their arrival marked the beginning of a change in the burger scene in their respective cities. All of a sudden, the burger was elevated beyond a greasy hangover cure. In came the brioche buns, the good quality beef (with the cheese melted over the top, of course), and the hunt for the perfect combination of sauces that makes you want another burger the moment you’ve finished your first.

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