American BBQ is a trend that seems to have stuck around for a few years now, and we certainly aren’t complaining. The smokey, sticky flavours from South America are stealing taste buds all over Perth, and when the meat is so tender and juicy, what’s not to love? These restaurants are serving up some of their best BBQ meats and sides from coleslaw to corn and beans in between. So get your sticky fingers around these joints ASAP (you may want to leave your vegetarian friends at home).
Why travel to South America when you can Uber over to Side Door BBQ for traditional American BBQ food. When it comes to their meats, everything is slow-cooked and deeply-smoked because good BBQ cant be rushed. They’ve got smoked and non-smoked meats, and starters like pork belly lollipops. And when it comes to sides, they’ve got them down-pat. From pickled slaw to collard greens and even cornbread, you’re sure to get a real American BBQ experience here.
497 Beaufort Street, Highgate
This neat little restaurant is dedicated to bringing traditional American BBQ smokehouse food to the people of Perth. The food on the menu here is influenced by ‘low and slow’ style of cooking, made famous in America’s southern states. The meats are carefully prepared and smoked in-house, and the food is locally sourced, so you can feel guilt free when chowing down on your beef cheeks and pig ribs. Sides you should try include BBQ corn with white sauce, potato salad and their famous BBQ Beans. And if you really can’t decide, why not give the Old Faithful Platter a go – 1KG of BBQ, 3 sides, sliced bread and shaved onion.
86 King Street, Perth
Firewater Grille is nestled within Perth’s Duxton Hotel, and it’s bringing the heat. The concept behind this restaurant is for diners to have an interactive experience. The décor here is designed to create an ambience that is unique and can differ for each meal (think fine dining meets steakhouse). Some of their best dishes are the char-grilled steaks sourced from the Margaret River Region, Maple-brined pork served with mango, apple puree, confit fennel, brussel sprouts and sweet potato chips, as well as the Narrogin spiced lamb rack served with spinach, chickpeas, potato rosti and coconut curry sauce. But the best part about this eatery is its location. Being right next to Perth Concert Hall, you can eat your heart out before your show (and dabble in a few cocktails too).
1 St Georges Terrace, Perth
If the name wasn’t a dead giveaway, this place is pretty serious when it comes to their meat. Former chef at Cantina and The Old Crow, Ben Atkinson is at the heart of this meatery, so you can expect good things. The fried chicken is a must-try, but their pulled pork sandwich is also a winner. Sides include mash & gravy, mac & cheese and of course coleslaw. If you’re heading there in the evening, quaff down a cocktail (or two), the Smokey Tommy’s has tequila, lime, agave and mescal, making it the perfect Friday arvo drink.
465 William St, Perth
Brooklyn Lounge is the perfect dining and drinking spot for Claremont locals. You can expect some seriously drool-worthy dishes like mac & cheese, buffalo wings and of course 12 hour slow cooked bbq ribs. If you’re after a cheap cheat meal, they’ve got weekly specials from $10 hot dogs to $1 Oysters. But their cocktail menu is not to be taken lightly. They serve up some mean cocktails from classics like the Espresso Martini to in-house creations like Berry J Blige – fresh raspberries, mint and lemon juice with a smooth kick of wild turkey rye whiskey and a hint of ginger.
22 St Quentin Ave, Claremont