The inaugural Forkies Awards just wrapped up and with winners announced in over 10 categories, we’ve got some ‘best in the region’ cafes, restaurants and bars to share with you!
Recognising the regions best tastemakers and booze shakers, The Forkies celebrates the freshest, most inventive and memorable venues, determined by the experts; Moreton Bay Region locals. This is who you've chosen.
The real MVP of The Forkies, taking out the most votes in any category, Valori Espresso Lounge has officially been dubbed your favourite place for a caffeine fix. Not only a great place to energise you for the day, the team at Valori Espresso are so warm and welcoming they also took out the Service with a Smile award for their friendly demeanour and excellent customer service.
Let’s raise a coffee cup to the team at Valori for keeping us sane and getting us through the day!
Where to find them: 71C Landsborough Ave, Scarborough
After already being dubbed the best burgers in Brisbane by The Courier Mail earlier in the year, Beardy’s Bar & Kitchen has just taken out several awards in The Forkies. Now officially the best Tinder date venue in the Moreton Bay Region, it’s time to swipe right and find a date to take out for a burger by the Redcliffe Peninsula. This award goes hand-in-hand with their position as the #3 favourite drinking hole!
If you find yourself with a headache the next morning, don’t worry – Beardy’s was also named the third runner-up for best hangover meal AND best customer service. That’s four awards at once!
Where to find them: 405 Elizabeth Ave, Kippa-Ring
Feeling like you want to get a bit fancy tonight? Mon Komo Hotel was recently voted as the best venue to get dressed up for a night out in the Moreton Bay Region! Obviously, you’ll want to get your special occasion up on the ‘gram right? You're in luck, all the delicious food and drinks are pretty darn fancy and Instagrammable too! We hear they've also got some pretty delicious snacks and were named second runner-up for the best place to treat yourself on cheat day.
Where to find them: 99 Marine Parade, Redcliffe
Do you like to support local businesses? Dining at Gather & Feast in Caboolture will do more than just support them. With a menu inspired by the Moreton Bay Region’s seasonal produce, Gather & Feast create dishes using the produce from their local farmers! It’s a full circle of support for local businesses! Thanks to this commitment of using fresh produce, Gather & Feast also walked away with the Fitspo award for the best venue to nourish your body and soul while earning second runner up for most delicious smashed avo.
Where to find them: 7 James St, Caboolture
Where all the good stories start is within a tap-room style venue near Brisbane called Brendale Brewing. As voted by you, Brendale Brewing is now the official go-to destination to unwind and drink away your daily cares.
It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, so we’ll drink to Brendale Brewing, cheers!
Where to find them: 2/62 Kremzow Rd, Brendale
Got a splitting headache from your night at Brendale Brewing, the best drinking hole in the Moreton Bay Region? No problem, My T Burger is the official unsung hero of Moreton Bay Region – saving us one hangover at a time. When the head is pounding and the belly is growling, My T Burger is the place to go to restore our will to go on. Thank you to the team at My T Burger for turning our hangover frown upside down.
Where to find them: 104/53 Endeavour Blvd, North Lakes
If there’s one thing that Moreton Bay is renowned for, it’s having the best and freshest seafood around, particularly at Tempest! Walking away with a new title of best seafood near Brisbane, the Tempest team offer a fine dining restaurant or teppanyaki experience where you can watch the skill of the long-time chef, Yugi, throw about the food and cook it right in front of you!
Tempest was also the third runner-up for the best use of local produce, picking their seafood straight from the Moreton Bay!
Where to find them: Boat Harbour, Bird Opassage Parade, Scarborough
Do you want to afford a home loan AND eat smashed avo at the same time? Evolve Espresso is the place to be! Affordable, delicious and friendly, Evolve Espresso are helping fill your soul with a healthy treat while giving millennial’s a chance to save for their first home deposit.
Where to find them: Unit 2/241 Goodwin Dr, Bongaree
Whipping up the best sweet treats in the Moreton Bay Region, Samford Patisserie is now the go-to place to ease your sweet tooth. Treat yo’self with a famous Banoffee Pie, one of the dozens of sweet treats on offer at The Samford Patisserie & Cafe. Dangerously delicious and a real Patisserie favourite, the Banoffee Pie is made from wonderfully rich caramel, yummy banana and fresh cream; topped with a drizzle of caramel and a sprinkling of flaked chocolate. Made fresh on the premises this decadent dessert is something you must try.
Where to find them: Shop 7/11 Main St, Samford Village
Enter now for your chance to win ONE of TWO unique culinary experiences in the Moreton Bay Region during the Tastes of Moreton Bay month-long foodie celebration!
PRIZE 2 - Hinterland Experience
A luxury hinterland accommodation stay for 2 at Mercure Clear Mountain Lodge with Buffet Breakfast and 2x tickets to Samford Harvest Presented by Alastair McLeod on the 21st September 2019