The following is a guest post by Georgia Smail, Chief Food Writer at Dimmi.
The Best American Restaurants To Celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia
Australian locals would be forgiven for not realising that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. This American holiday has never gathered that much steam on Australian shores.
But on November 27 – the fourth Thursday of November – 316 million Americans will sit down to roast turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie in a feast to rival the rest.
For American expats living in Australia, the absence of such a holiday must sting a little each year. Which is why we decided to compile a list of the very best all-American restaurants in major capital cities, based on diner reviews and ratings on dimmi.com.au – Australia’s largest restaurant booking network.
American expats and Aussies looking for an all-American feed on November 27 can make a restaurant booking online. Then just sit back, relax and enjoy pumpkin spice in spades.
Who: Dove & Olive
Where: Surry Hills
A Surry Hills favourite, Dove & Olive specialise in the hybrid cuisine that is Italian American – with Modern Australian overtures. Think tender steaks, chicken schnitzel and fries baked to perfection – and that’s just the $9.90 cheap eats menu. Dove & Olive caters to parties of all sizes, from intimate dinners for two to full-blown dinner parties for twenty or more. The food is hearty and more than enough to fill bellies, Thanksgiving style.
Who: Bridge St Garage
Where: 17-19 Bridge Street
Subdued lighting, diner-style seating and gourmet burgers are the name of the game at Bridge St Garage. Adding a Latin American twist to the American-style diner, the menu features both traditional Argentinian and classic American comfort food. There’s a four person minimum and you’ll need to make the restaurant booking at least 24 hours in advance. Don’t delay, this one will fill up fast.
Who: Gramercy Bistro
Where: 162-164 Commercial Rd, South Yarra
With all the benefits of an American menu, but with a distinctly European atmosphere and conveniently located just outside the Melbourne CBD – Gramercy Bistro really is the best of both worlds. Enjoy small plates packed with flavour, or go all out for a satisfying burger or steak. Just don’t forget to come back in the morning for their Buttermilk Hotcake Stack or American Waffles – breakfast is served until 3pm, with bacon.
Who: Third Wave Café
Where: 189 Rouse St, Port Melbourne
An American BBQ to put the rest to shame. The meat at Third Wave Café is marinated and smoked for hours on end using different woods to get the flavour just right. Enjoy lamb shoulder, beef brisket or your choice of pork or beef ribs, or go for an American classic like the Rueben sandwich. Diners with big appetites can even attempt the 3 course American BBQ feast for two – available for a limited time only and including starters, mains, sides, dessert and even a couple of beers thrown in.
Who: The Old Crow
Where: 172 Newcastle St
With a unique spin on classic American fare, The Old Crow serves up the very best cuts of pork shoulder, Angus beef flank and more, then slow-cooks, smokes and braises them to perfection. Even the snacks and small plates are packed with flavour, with chilli jam, hot sauce and beetroot ketchup just a few of the secret ingredients.
There’s a set menu for parties of eight or more, but you can also make a small booking for two. Reservations are essential at this Perth gem, so don’t delay.
My fellow expats, how will you be spending Thanksgiving?