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Never do I acutely experience such intense hunger pains than I do at lunch. That coffee which quelled my appetite at breakfast has longed since evaporated and hours without consuming anything but liquid caffeine has left me ravenous and hangry. I need something delicious, and I need it now before I go postal.
As a Wynnum local, I've worked my way around the bayside suburb trying bites from the quick and easy, to the more substantial, often pulling in somewhere at a whim when I'm so hungry I can barely think straight. There have been some hits, some misses and some in-betweeners. For the purpose of this article, these are seven lunches I can personally vouch for and are of the takeaway variety. Even better, they are priced to make you smile, where you can get a quality lunch for around a tenner!
1. Pierre's Golden Chicken – 89 Bay Terrace
Forget Woolies, Red Rooster and KFC, when you have a Pierre's on your doorstep - photo courtesy of Facebook page
The lady who owns Pierre's (let's call her doll face) is a gem and has been warmly serving top-notch barbecue chicken and everything chicken related for decades to the Wynnum populace. Their crumbed chicken tender baguettes with slaw are tasty AF, as are their hot chips with their special blend of, you guessed it, chicken salt. Keep an eye out for their lunchtime quarter chicken special with chips and gravy. For dinner time, you could go Woolies down the road or you could grab a chook from Pierre's. You know what I do….
2. The Gravy Train Café – 187 Florence Street
Speaking of gravy, it's a long way from gourmet at this station stop, located adjacent to the Wynnum central train station. That doesn't mean they don't do a quality hearty feed though. Instead of politicians who visit the Gravy train namesake with their snouts in the trough, just ask their regular tradie clientele who you are bound to see in their fluorescent droves at lunchtime. The historic shopfront feels a little bit western saloon, but the roast pork and gravy sandwiches are what keep me coming back.
3. Bay Blends Superfood Smoothie Bar - 56 Edith Street
Instead of salty, Bay Blends serves up the sweet treats for lunch
Move over salty lunches and make way for the sweet superfood scene. Bowls of acai, pitaya and coco are all the go-go at Bay Blends, layered with fresh fruit, granola and raw treats. New owners have just taken over the business and are now offering savoury options as well as rye bagels with a range of fillings. During the winter they were serving up a comforting and delicious homemade pumpkin soup. Get in mah belly.
A good bakery is always on my radar for a lunchtime grab 'n go, and with close to 10 bakeries there is definitely no shortage in Wynnum. Its the Vietnamese influence is what sets Golden Baguette Bakehouse apart from the rest however. As well as serving up sweet breads and delicious condensed milk Viet coffee, I get giddy for their Banh mi. In addition all the signature baguettes you can shake a finger bun at, Golden Baguette have a range of Asian plates including stir-fries and curries. It's a bakery sure, but it's also so much more.
5. Kebab Zone - Shop 9/89 Bay Terrace
Kebab Zone also sell authentic Turkish treats that I also takeaway with my kebab
Not only for a late night messy devouring, a kebab is also a daytime delight, and the authentic Turkish feel of the small shop front Kebab Zone and the lines out the door definitely grabbed my attention on a lunchtime tour of duty looking for a feed. I've also bought the baklava and Turkish delights home for afternoon tea and felt they were as good as those I'd had at my favourite Turkish restaurant in Brisbane. The actual kebabs are packed full and better than any foodcourt or kebab chain I've tried. Don't be put off by the frenetic pace inside the shop, it's all very hectic but the business just shows how many others sing the praises of these wraps.
It's a conveyor belt of sushi, it's a sushi train and it's got Wynnum's best sushi and Japanese dishes. Grab the udon noodle or chicken katsu curry for around $10.00 if you're feeling more peckish. Every Wednesday they offer all plates for $2.90 and you can always have your favourite Japanese morsels made to order from the massive menu.
7. Pelican's Nest by the Bay - 143 The Esplanade
My favourite takeaway lunch in Wynnum would also have to be one of the best fish and chips I've had in Brisbane at Pelicans Nest
There's nasty fish and chips and then there's nice fish and chips. Fortunately, Pelican's Nest falls into the latter category. You can't talk about takeaway lunches in the bayside suburb Wynnum and not mention seafood. In my humble opinion, Pelican's Nest is the best on the bayside with their fluffy golden cooked chips and huge menu from the ocean. I often get the battered fish and salad deal with sides of squid or mussels. Freshness seems to be the theme with quality fillets used and the chips deep fried in clean oil. It's also the perfect setting to eat lunch, overlooking the wading pool and jetty, or you can grab a takeaway and find your own patch along the waterfront to watch the world go by.
Where else can you get a quality takeaway lunch in Wynnum for a great price? As one of Brisbane larger suburbs with places to eat aplenty, I'd love to hear your tips!