25 amazing food experiences you have to try in Gladstone
THE GLADSTONE region is full of a weird, wacky, and wonderful variety of eateries.
From so-called loaded milkshakes to, well, food we can't even put a name on, here are some of our best.
Whether you're a local wanting to try something unique, or a tourist who has just Googled "best places to eat in Gladstone", you're in with some luck with this list.
1. Camelot Motel & Licensed Restaurant
DO YOU look for a healthy, hearty meal when you dine? Check out this vegetable stack and stuffed chicken breast.
2. Brass Bell at Harbour Sails
Did someone say dessert? Check out this delicious Turkish delight panna cotta, accompanied with chocolate ganache, liquor berry coulis and vanilla ice cream.
3. The Yacht Club
Who doesn't love a good feast - and of fresh seafood! The Gladstone Yacht Club is right on the water, creating the perfect setting to wine and dine, with a mix of pub classic food and something a little bit more fancy!
4. Yaralla Sports Club
This club has three main dining options, but people go crazy for the chicken parmies at Pacino's. And just look at these bad boys, can you blame 'em?
5. The Dock at East Shores
Seriously, if you can fit your mouth around this beast you deserve a medal. If you find yourself near the East Shores precinct stop by The Dock and get their special house burger.
And don't forget to pick up a nutella-injected donut for the trip home!
6. Thai Takeaway Van
Gladstone residents absolutely rave about this place! The mobile business absolutely nails the cuisine classic Pad Thai.
7. Mamma Mia La Pizza (this business will close its doors permanently on February 25, so make sure to visit before then)
Anything pizza is usually a winner, but you've never seen slices of food this big before! We also recommend trying the dessert nutella pizza.
8. Bakin' Bits Boyne Island
You can't go past this local business's selection of breakfast pies, melted egg, cheesy goodness, bacon and hearty beef is everything a good Aussie breakfast includes - not to mention making it work in a meat pie!
9. Diceys Irish Pub Restaurant
A personal favourite of mine is the Dicey's seafood plate. You can't go wrong with prawns and bacon, oyster's Kilpatrick and baby octopus.
Diceys also do a mean rack of ribs, if you're up to the challenge.
10. Rocksalt Bar and Restaurant
Known for their high-quality customer service and even better food, Rocksalt is pretty much famous for its crispy skin pork belly.
But if you're going for the tapas menu, make sure you try the stuffed mushrooms. Delicious!
11. Outlook Cafe
Simple, elegant and scrumptious are the three words we use to describe the grilled haloumi stack at this cafe with a view.
12. The Black Duck
Lamb lovers, look no further than this delectable lamb shoulder share plate for two. But just in case this huge hunk of pull-apart meat wasn't enough, it comes with a tasty side salad.
13. Daniel Shisha Restaurant
If you love shisha and kebabs, than this place is where you need to be.
The restaurant is the only of its kind in the Gladstone region, so stopping by to try some yummy, authentic Turkish food is a must.
14. Lightbox. Expresso + Wine Bar
There's nothing that this place can't do well, but have you ever seen a more beautiful burger?
Not to mention their selection of tapas, big breakfast range and amazing coffee, you need to drop by the Lightbox if you're in Gladstone, end of story.
15. Tondoon Botanic Gardens Savour the Flavour
These guys are always changing things up with a fresh menu made daily, but a favourite and a menu regular is the Oreo cheesecake.
But, there's pretty much a flavour for everyone, and all kinds of desserts, hot food and a cafe-style menu to choose from.
Get down to the gardens for a scenic walk and a big bite to eat.
16. Rydges Resort
Red wine and rump steak done to perfection, what could be better? Probably nothing. Rydges if one of Gladstone's many CBD eatery treats for the juicy steak lovers to the fresh seafood fanatics.
18. The Empty Plate
We are pretty sure this restaurant cooks with magic, because everything on the menu is always 11/10.
So much so, we found it hard to pick just one dish.
But there was one thing we couldn't get past - the loaded shakes.
This restaurant gave new meaning to milk, ice cream and chocolate sauce - but you need to try them for yourself.
20. Codies Place
The king of finger food share plates, right on the beach, this newly opened business is a must if you're in Agnes Water.
21. The Tree Restaurant 1770
Serving up all of the classic beachside restaurant foods, this Seventeen Seventy restaurant is very well known for its baked Spanish eggs dish.
And they don't do small portion sizes either.
22. Sol Foods Organics
A little bit different, the cafe puts a health twist on all your favourite foods.
Instead of picking one dish, we picked a range of dishes, as this business is always changing up the menu.
23. Green Turtle Cafe & Bar
Don't worry we didn't forget the vegetarians - check out this delicious meat free pizza from Agnes Water cafe and bar, Green Turtle.
Of course, they also cater for the meat lovers, and the breakfast, lunch and dinner lovers.
And the dessert lovers...
24. The Junction Cafe
Once a hidden beauty, now a well-known eatery of Tannum Sands, this cafe does the best Thai beef salad you have ever eaten.
Seriously, I talk from personal experience.
Go there, now.
25. Say Espresso Bar
Waffles, pancakes, everything breakfast is cooked with love from this Tannum Sands business.
And can we talk about this plating? Definitely Masterchef worthy!
Do you have one we should add to the list?
Send us the name of your favourite place, and a photo of your favourite dish and we'll make sure it makes the list!