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Top 5 Mexican restaurants in Byron

Celebrate taco Tuesday Byron style, or eat great Mexican food everyday in and around Byron Bay. Plus, enjoy cocktails and Mexican beer at the licensed restaurants. Here are the top 5 Mexican restaurants in Byron as voted for by our Facebook fans (listed in alphabtical order).

Chihuahua Taqueria

Brings food groups and flavours found throughout the streets and marketplaces of Mexico to Ol' Byron town. The menu includes all the good gear and more!

Chupacabra

Coastal Mexican taqueria in Byron Bay. CHUPACABRA brings the true taste of coastal Mexico through vibrant, light and wholesome dishes, harnessing the exceptional produce available (with support of a similar climate).

El Camino Cantina

Kick-back post surf with a giant margarita in hand, sombrero on head and unlimited corn chips and salsa! El Camino Cantina offers an authentic Tex-Mex experience you’ll never forget!

La Casita Brunswick Heads

An authentic, regional style of Mexican cuisine in a casual, mostly outdoor setting. Fully licensed with a mix of cocktails, beers, wines and spirits - no BYO or takeaway option.

Miss Margarita Byron Bay

A friendly place which blends the energy and flavours of Mexico with the beachy vibe of Byron. Daily HAPPY HOUR from 5pm to 6pm. Limited reservations in winter, a ‘walk-in’ only restaurant the rest of the year. 

Best of Byron

Discover our Best of Byron series. Find out where to grab the best coffee, brunch, burgers, fish & chips, Mexicanbreakfasts, pizza, ice cream, cocktails, and romantic dinners – according to you.

(note - businesses listed in alphabetical order as voted for by our Facebook fans - no 'pay for placement'. However, we do link to, and hope you will best support, business that advertise with byronbay.com)

Valentine's Day 2020 Byron style

Enjoy a Valentine's Day meal Byron style and experience the great food and exceptional hospitality the region is known for... maybe even stay out overnight.

Seafood for Valentine's at Fishheads

Freshest seafood available, served in a relaxed contemporary environment by the beach, join Fishheads and indulge in a complementary glass of sparkling wine, as well as a rose and a chocolate for the ladies!

Bookings essential - 02 6680 7632

A week of love at El Camino Cantina!

Celebrate Valentine’s Week at El Camino Cantina from Monday 10th – Friday 14th February.
Come in with your better half, galentine or group of friends and enjoy the perfect share-style menu!

The Valentines Day package ($49pp) is available all week and includes:

- Wings to share
- 2 tacos of your choice each
- Sizzling steak and chicken fajita to share
- February rita of the month – The Sweet Heart each
- Churros and chocolate-dipped strawberries to share

Naturally in love at the Byron at Byron Crystalbrook

Cheers to you with French sparkling flair and an exquisite four-course degustation featuring produce sourced from the best in Byron Bay.  

Then, spoil yourselves with a night away from home in our rainforest-enclosed Suite where you'll find local chocolates (our favourites) and breakfast for two the morning after.

Packages from $635 and dinner seatings available from 6:00pm, Friday 14 February. Dinner only packages available from $95 per person. 

Eat, drink, love at the Balcony Bar & Oyster Co.

Enjoy some of Sean Connolly’s signature dishes, made with love. We’ve put together a menu to have you indulging with out any of the hassles, not just for couples, available to groups also. V’days not just for two’s right?

Enjoy a meal with a view with us here on our Balcony in the heart of Byron Bay with our 3 course set menu for $69.

Azure Bar and Grill is at Elements of Byron Resort & Spa

In addition to their brand new lunch and dinner menus - the Valentine's Day special is available lunch and dinner on Friday 14th February. Bookings essential - 02 6639 1550

Entrée
- Fig salad, cashew curd, focaccia croutons, balsamic, local greens (vegan)
- Oven roast scallops (3), XO sauce, soft herbs

Mains
- 550g grass-fed fillet of beef, butter roasted eschalot, mushroom jus (to be shared between 2)
- Roasted market fish, brown butter, vadouvan, lime
- Sweet miso eggplant, smoked ponzu, golden sesame, green onions, soft herbs (vegan)

Dessert
Rhubarb & blood plum, crumble, vanilla ice cream

 

The best fish and chips in Byron Bay

Fish and chips is a holiday classic best enjoyed beachside. Byron Bay is home to several dedicated fish and chips outlets, as well as restaurants and eateries that serve up their take on this fried favourite.

We asked our Facebook fans to vote for the best fish and chips in Byron Bay – now, the results are in. Here are the top five in alphabetical order.

Beach Byron Bay


Beach Byron Bay is a relaxed fine dining restaurant that showcases the best of the region. With a stunning beachfront location and breathtaking views over the Pacific Ocean, Beach serves up an in-season menu of old favourites and innovative creations. You can grab classic fish and chips from their kiosk’s takeaway menu or experience a gourmet take on the dish from their sit-down menu.

Beach Hotel


Located across the road from Main Beach, the Beach Hotel is truly iconic. For more than 25 years, this casual pub has welcomed locals and visitors to enjoy a drink or two in the beer garden, a fantastic meal, and live entertainment. Their menu offers all the pub classics, including fresh fish and chips.

Fishheads


Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Fishheads serves up some of the freshest seafood in town. Take a seat on their laid-back, beachfront deck or grab your fish and chips to-go and enjoy on the sand. Either way, you’re in for a real treat. Plus - during the month of December for every fish and chips sold at our restaurant and our takeaway, we will be donating $2 to The Liberation Larder and The Homeless Breakfast Hub (the two organisations in charge of Byron’s Community Centre’s breakfast).

Fishmongers


Fishmongers delivers so much more than your basic fried fish and chips. This gourmet eatery offers chunky homemade chips, delicious salt 'n' pepper calamari, and famous tempura vegetables. If you’re feeling adventurous, sample their barbecued baby octopus.

Hunky Dory


Hunky Dory is a Greek-inspired seafood restaurant with locations across the country. The family-owned business began with a vision to offer healthy, fresh seafood in a comfortable, casual setting. Incorporating unique, house-made marinades and sauces, their menu serves up a delectable selection of fried classics, grilled fish, nourishing salads, and more.

Best of Byron

Discover our Best of Byron series. Find out where to grab the best coffee, brunch, burgers, fish & chips, Mexicanbreakfasts, pizza, ice cream, cocktails, and romantic dinners – according to you.

(note - businesses listed in alphabetical order as voted for by our Facebook fans - no 'pay for placement'. However, we do link to, and hope you will best support, business that advertise with byronbay.com)

Stone & Wood beer fans invited to exclusive brewery-to-door Beer Club

Those seeking guaranteed access to Stone & Wood’s limited releases, exclusive merchandise and special offers have been invited to join the Stone & Wood Beer Club, a community of beer fans who’ll receive monthly members-only video content and specials and beer packages direct to their door every two months. 

Guaranteeing members early and exclusive access to seasonal and limited releases including Counter Culture and the annual Stone Beer, the Stone & Wood Beer Club will also ensure drinkers who have trouble accessing these beers can enjoy consistent and timely beer deliveries, often before the rest of the country. 

The bi-monthly packs will feature variations of Stone & Wood’s limited-release beers, members-only merch, Stone & Wood event ticket deals and other exclusive offers. 

Membership of $15 per month can be purchased on a rolling basis or as a six-month membership as the perfect beery gift for someone else. 

 

 

New members who sign up before Tuesday 10 December will also go into the running to win a Stone & Wood Brew Experience for themselves and a friend, plus will receive their club welcome pack before Christmas Day

For more information or to join the Stone & Wood Beer Club, visit www.stoneandwood.com.au/beer-club

UPDATED: Best coffee in Byron Bay

Looking for the best coffee in Byron Bay? 

We asked our Facebook fans to vote for their favourite cafes in Byron’s township, and the results are in. Check out our updated (1 October 2019 - International Coffee Day) list below (in alphabetical order).

Barefoot Roasters

If you take your coffee seriously, head to Barefoot Roasters. Barefoot Roasters specialise in artisan coffee roasting, offering a dynamic range of fresh coffee blends and single-origin coffee for both retail and wholesale customers.

Tucked away in a small laneway in central Byron is the Barefoot Brew Room, where you can sample the best Barefoot’s roasters have to offer.

Bayleaf

Bayleaf has been a favourite spot for coffee in Byron for years. With a bustling atmosphere and hip interior, it’s the perfect spot to escape the heat in summer or cosy up with friends in winter.

Passionate about serving locally sourced, seasonal produce, the team at Bayleaf offer an inventive, ever-changing lunch and breakfast menu alongside their top-notch coffee.

Dip

A popular spot for breakfast and lunch, Dip serves up some of the best coffees in town. Using local, organic coffee beans, the skilled baristas at Dip help locals and visitors alike take on the day – even if that means lying on the beach!

The outdoor seats are the ideal place to people-watch as you enjoy your cuppa – you’ll want to sit there for hours.

Espressohead

For more than 15 years, Espressohead has been a local favourite.

Situated across from the courthouse, this tried-and-true cafe and eatery serves up impeccable coffee alongside creative meals. Locally sourced ingredients are always used where possible.

Folk Byron Bay

Soak up the lush garden atmosphere with a fantastic cup of coffee in hand at Folk Byron Bay.

The passionate team behind Folk are committed to quality and community. They serve a delectable range of made-in-house treats, as well as a variety of vegetarian and plant-based meals.

Best of Byron

Discover our Best of Byron series. Find out where to grab the best coffee, brunch, burgers, fish & chips, Mexicanbreakfasts, pizza, ice cream, cocktails, and romantic dinners – according to you.

(note - businesses listed in alphabetical order as voted for by our Facebook fans - no 'pay for placement'. However, we do link to, and hope you will best support, business that advertise with byronbay.com)

Espresso Cocktail Festival at The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co

Espresso Festival is back and we are losing our beans with excitement! Come and get edgy at The Balcony, celebrating all things espresso for the first two weeks of October. 

The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co will be shaking $12 Espresso Martini’s all day everyday and have a specialty espresso inspired cocktail menu available for all those keen to Espresso Yo’self!

Do you prefer your coffee in a martini glass? Well then get down here and brew it up with us on our Balcony.

1 - 15 October
The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co
Cnr Jonson & Lawson Street Byron Bay

 

MORNING MOONSHINE
coffee infused bulleit bourbon, orange infused raw sugar syrup, cold brew coffee ice cube

IRISH AIRHEAD
jameson, demerara syrup, orange bitters, coffee, baileys foam

CAPTAIN MARSHMALLOW
marshmallow infused bam bam rum, butterscotch liqueur, coffee & cinnamon syrup

HONEYPOT FIZZ
vanilla infused vodka, carters coffee liqueur, honey syrup, cold brew coffee, honeycomb gelato

COCONUT CAPPUCCINO
coconut fat-washes vodka, licor 43, coconut sorbet, vanilla syrup, cold brew coffee, aquafaba

BLACK SWAN
grey goose vodka cold drip infused with rwandan single origin coffee, served as a martini with a lemon foam

NEW, one-day immersive Stone & Wood Brew Experience

There those who enjoy a good beer – and then there are those who want to dive head-first into beer education, history and brewing. It’s no surprise that many Stone & Wood drinkers sit within this second category!

Great news for you guys: you now have the opportunity to get your hands dirty behind the scenes at the Stone & Wood brewery in Byron Bay!

The Stone & Wood Brew Experience is an all-day immersion that invites those seeking a deeper understanding of beer and the brewing industry to an all-inclusive day of brewing a Stone & Wood all-year or one of our Pilot Batch beers.

With groups limited to four pax and guided by two Stone & Wood crew members, participants also enjoy a brewery tour, Cicerone-guided sensory training, tastings poured straight from the tank and casual information sessions on our story and approach to conscious business.

Besides the hands-on brewing activities, packages include transfer from Byron Bay CBD, breakfast, lunch at the brewery’s canteen, beers throughout the day and a pub crawl through Byron town, plus an exclusive merch pack when you finish up.

Priced at $350 per person, the Stone & Wood Brew Experience runs every fortnight.

Further detail + bookings via the website www.stoneandwood.com.au/spend-the-day-as-a-stone-wood-brewer/

2019 Sample Food Festival re-cap

Perfect spring weather for a full day sampling all the food, produce, markets, demos and entertainment at the annual Sample Food Festival at Bangalow Showgrounds early September.

Attendees were spoilt for choice, with top restaurants offering $5 and $10 tasting plates. The 2019 Golden Fork awards went to Koobideh who took out the best $5 tasting plate for their Persian Meatballs and to Federal Doma Cafe who were awarded best $10 tasting plate for their Wood fire grilled lamb spareribs.

"The biggest thank you to everyone who made the 2019 Sample Food Festival such a wonderful day, our chefs creativity and skill, our passionate producers and stallholders, our phenomenal restaurants, our eager and curious guests, our talented artists, our knowledge sharing workshop facilitators, our talented & tireless entertainers, our friendly and diverse visitors, our kind and patient neighbours, our exceptional designers, our hardworking and supportive suppliers, our tireless team, our generous family and our beautiful friends. Thank you for spending your Saturday with us."

Rose Taylor, Sample Food Events

Next year Sample Food Festival is on Saturday September 5th, 2020.

Sample Food Festival 2019 restaurant line-up

Today we reveal the list of restaurants ready to tantalise your tastebuds at the Ninth Annual Sample Food Festival on Saturday 7th September at the Bangalow Showground. 

The 2019 line-up of restaurants include a hand-picked selection of 27 of our region's best, varying from award-winning and fine-dining establishments who focus on seasonal produce and menus inspired by the Northern Rivers, to inventive restaurants, chefs and caterers influenced by global flavours. 

There will also be a great selection of restaurants offering vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. This year we will also have a dedicated vegan market, full of plant-based delights!

With 27 of our region's best restaurants, chefs and caterers attending the festival this year, who will win the best $10 and $5 tasting plate?! 

  • Harvest Newrybar
  • Raes on Wategos
  • La Casita
  • Bang Bang Byron Bay
  • Shelter
  • Barrio
  • Scratch Patisserie
  • Macadamia Castle
  • Quattro / Olive & Luca Catering
  • Eltham Valley Pantry & Barefoot Farm Byron
  • Safya Byron Bay
  • Ilias The Greek
  • Paella Time
  • Shoza Gyoza
  • Butcher Baker
  • No Bones
  • Yulli's Byron Bay
  • Dirty Little Herbivore
  • Koobideh
  • The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co.
  • Luscious Foods
  • Salumi
  • Nimbin Valley Cheese
  • A Chef’s Pocket
  • The Northern
  • Fish Mongers
  • Federal Doma Cafe and Bellingen Qudo Cafe & Sake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Sample Food Festival 
Saturday, September 7, 8 AM – 4 PM
Bangalow Showgrounds, $5 entry

OVER 20 INDEPENDENT AUSTRALIAN BREWERIES COME TOGETHER IN BURLEIGH TO RAISE THE INDUSTRY BAR

Stone & Wood, Balter, Black Hops and Burleigh Brewing will be joined by 19 independent Australian breweries and distillers for the Backyard Invitational Gold Coast on Saturday 17 August, an all-inclusive beer festival and charity fundraiser open to the community. 

Held at the Surfstitch Warehouse in Burleigh Waters, Stone & Wood’s Backyard Invitational Gold Coast invites over 20 independent breweries, two distilleries and a local kombucha to share their products and connect with drinkers, with intimate tasting stands, industry talks and masterclasses. 

Alongside the breweries, including local farmhouse brewers Currumbin Valley Brewing, Kaiju! Beer from Victoria and Capital Brewing Co. from Canberra, there’ll be food trucks and live music throughout the day.  

Spread across two sessions (12–3.30pm; 4.30–8pm), tickets to the Backyard Invitational Gold Coast include entry to the festival, all beer, access to talks and masterclasses, a take-home beer cup and a $5 food truck voucher.

Profits from the Backyard Invitational will be directed to a Gold Coast charity via Stone & Wood’s national not-for-profit, the inGrained Foundation. 

The inaugural Backyard Invitational held at Stone & Wood’s Brisbane brewery site, opening later this year, helped raise $3,800 for Brisbane community radio station 4ZZZ last November.

Tickets for the Backyard Invitational Gold Coast are $60 each plus booking fee, available from Thursday 11 July for purchase at www.stoneandwood.com.au.  

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