44 ultimate food experiences on Sunshine Coast
1. Fancy burgers
Head to The Burger Bar on Brisbane Rd at Mooloolaba for the Wagyu beef burger with blue cheese, red wine and mushroom sauce.
2. Hot wings
If you like your chicken wings spicy, High Tide at Mudjimba does a good little basket.
But if you like them authentic, Taps Mooloolaba has the blue cheese sauce at the ready. It also does a mean mac 'n' cheese spring roll.
3. Green tea
It's ice cream (always a plus) but with a strange twist that will leave you delighted, but also feeling like you've been tricked into a healthy dessert. Try it at the Cherry Blossom at Sunshine Plaza or at most Japanese restaurants.
4. Panna cotta
The panna cotta at Little Humid in Noosa is simple, delicious and just like your Italian grandma would make it.
5. Cheese platter
A cheese platter is sure to feature on every Sunshine Coast foodie's bucket list. Try the platter at Maleny Cheese.
The Silva Spoon in Cotton Tree offers delicious cakes, hot chocolate, coffee, and tea as far as the eye can see... why on Earth would you order English Breakfast?
7. Rocky road
The rocky road at the Noosa Chocolate Factory is freshly made the same morning and available in 40% cacao milk, 77% cacao dark and (if you're lucky) in 37% cacao white chocolate.
8. Yum Cha
Head to Embassy XO at Sunshine Beach and prepare yourself for a barrage of delicious, modern Asian dishes. The hardest part? Pacing yourself through to dessert.
9. Sunset cruise
Enjoy dinner and a show with a cruise along the Mooloolaba River and canals on sunset, courtesy of Mooloolaba Canal Cruise.
10. Coffee cupping
You don't actually eat it (or even drink it), but cupping is a must-do for every coffee connoisseur. Learn how cuppers come up with the flavour profiles of your favourite bean as Kai Coffee offers free cupping on Tuesday to Fridays, from 8am-8.30am.
11. Ice cream curls
Watch as ice cream is beaten from milk, cream and vanilla before your eyes. Catch the Icecream Curls van at Havana Night Markets at Peregian Springs, from 4pm-8pm, on the second and fourth Saturday of the month.
If you don't mind a sense of humour during dinner, then check out Lefty's on Duporth Ave at Maroochydore. The quirky owner is a gem and guarantees a great night out provided you get stuck into the sangria and leave your reservations at the door.
13. Woodfired pizza
Bulli at Marcoola is a must-try for any pizza lover. Wood-fired pizza to take away or it's BYO if you want to dine in ... it's a cheap-as-chips meal out.
14. Pizza crunch
Did you know that pizza is about 130% better when it's dipped in batter and deep- fried? A pizza crunch is a Scottish delicacy, served with freshly cut chips and be sure to ask for some "chippy sauce" to season. Fryer of Whitby at Brightwater is a British fish and chip shop and its chips are positively delicious. If deep-fried pizza isn't your bag, you can try other classics on the menu such as black pudding and haggis.
Grab some fresh Mooloolaba prawns from the fish market and eat them in the park across the road.
16. Late-night pizza
A New York slice from the convenience store when you've left Ocean St haunts at 3am is essential eating.
17. Piano Bar on Ocean St
The only difficult thing about the food is knowing what to choose...but seeing as it's tapas, you can try heaps. Great food, music and ambience.
18. The Boat Shed at Cotton Tree
You'll be safe to try most things on the menu here but the trick to this dining experience is to get there early for lunch. Then once you've eaten, get a spot under the trees and enjoy one or two beverages overlooking the Maroochy River until sundown. Best. Day. Ever.
19. Little Boat at Marcoola
Do yourself a favour and get here for breakfast. The brisket croquettes are to die for. Take a friend and make them order gingerbread waffles and share.
20. Sausage roll
Banjos Bakery at Sunshine Plaza and Warana has the best sausage rolls. The flakiest pastry, the juiciest meat ... they're cut into smaller sizes so you might need two..
21. Beefy's Pies
Classic Sunshine Coast tucker ... the party pies are the juiciest.
22. Mudjimba Bakery
Need to fill up quickly after a surf? Get yourself a chicken and salad roll and bee sting.
23. Lamb rogan josh
Bombay Bliss at Coolum is the best we've had so far.
They're a mixture of a muffin and croissant and La Boulange in Coolum makes the best of them.
A South African favourite. Many places stock it, including a shop on Wises Rd, Springbok Foods in Noosa, and Food Store opposite Kawana Waters State College.
Grab a serve of San Churro churros with an affrogato coffee after the movies at Sunshine Plaza.
27. Food for fishes
Peeling fresh prawns at a picnic table by Pumicestone Passage and using the shells as berley for fishing; simple yet satisfying.
28. Eumundi Markets
The momo stall and the okonomiyaki from the Japanese stall are just some of the offerings to be found at the Eumundi Markets.
29. The Pocket Espresso Bar
Try the coffee and stay for the atmosphere in this small Moffat Beach local haunt. You may need to wait for a seat during busy periods, but take the chance to try out the newly-adjoined restaurant, The Jungle.
30. Slow-cooked meats
Try the American-style slow- cooked meats at Dirty Moes in Mooloolaba. The share plate is amazing, as are its espresso martini and other cocktails.
31. Real French fries
Or try anything else on the seafood-heavy menu at new French restaurant Periwinkle Restaurant at Peregian Beach.
32. Rick's Garage and Diner
One of the famous burgers at this rock 'n' roll-themed Palmwoods establishment. Oh, and a whiskey if you must, at the adults-only upstairs American whiskey (not whisky) bar.
Try the delicious vegan, gluten-free tapas and other delights at Elixiba on Ocean St, Maroochydore.
34. Local beers
Locally-brewed beers such as Your Mates and 10 Toes are on tap at Blackwater Trading Co at Moffat Beach and at Drift Bar in Caloundra.
35. A mountain-top picnic
Take your favourite picnic fodder and go for a hike. Mount Tinbeerwah is an easy climb without the crowds but there are a few others to choose from, depending on how fit you are.
36. Nitrogenie at Noosa
It is another ice cream novelty, but ...
The buttered nut pancakes at Cafe by the Beach at Moffat Beach are divine, but you may need to take a friend to help you finish.
38. Cocktails and open mic
The sangria or any of the cocktails at Guru Life in Rosemount are fantastic. The Sunday open-mic nights usually attract some good talent.
Cafe Zabe at Tewantin has some great offerings, as does the Black Bunny Kitchen at Alexandra Headland.
40. Loaded milkshakes
Customers rave about the loaded milkshakes at The Nines emporium at Maroochydore. These huge creations are topped with different treats each week.
41. The simple burger
Food Store Kawana Waters on Nicklin Way is regularly voted the best hamburgers on the Coast. If you like your burgers the old-fashioned way, you can't go past this store.
42. Indian curry
The Curry Bowl at Kawana is a local favourite, with a saffron rice served with every curry.
Remember jaffles, with their satisfying crunch and cheesy warmth? The Cock and Hen cafe at Twin Waters makes a great pulled-pork version.
44. The vegetarian burger
The Shroom Burger at Betty's Burgers in Noosa is delicious, but consider a period of fasting before taking on this concoction of mushroom, gouda and blue cheese.