Dubbo has plenty of tasty secrets that you need to know about when you visit
It's reasonable to say that Dubbo's been on our radar for a long time, we all know about the Western Plains Zoo and have most likely visited, or want to visit at some point in our life. However, what Dubbo hasn't been letting us in on is their thriving food, coffee and bar scene.
Invited by The Little Big Dairy Co to visit Dubbo, we decided to make a mini-escape of it, and in the process discovered what is possibly one of Australia's best-kept foodie secrets. Lodging ourselves at Lazy River Estate made for a fab first impression and what followed was an onslaught of food and drink that we'll be remembering for a long time.
Scattered throughout Dubbo's city centre are tasty cafes and restaurants, there's a new craft beer brewery, we even found ourselves a sassy little Speakeasy! With only two days to play, we managed to cram in some serious eating and drinking that went like this...
Local Coffee Co
Where: 124 Brisbane Street
Our first stop was at the Local Coffee Co. and a very delicious cold Brew was ordered to kick start the day. Popular with the locals, for good reason, the owners are all about quality coffee and encouraging customers to be as sustainable as possible with one of the walls in the cafe dedicated to promoting Keep Cups and climate-change facts, they even have a bucket for customers to drop their batteries into for recycling.
Where: Brisbane Street
Owned by the very friendly Henry Doliveiro, this hidden little gem offers up an impressive menu that is super fresh with Black Tambourine being known for making everything in-house. Don't be deceived by the hole-in-the-wall exterior, there's room to sit out the back if you prefer to relax and hang around for a while. We couldn't resist the French Toast w/ Maple & Bacon and a cup of their much talked about coffee, which lived up to the hype.
Where: 33 Bultje St, Dubbo
Best way to describe the Press cafe is, think The Grounds of Alexandria just without all the tourists. Another favourite of locals who enjoy sitting amongst the lush greenery in the light-filled outdoor space. Press was a dining highlight and complemented with exceptional service, you only have to look at their Instagram to see what we mean about the food.
The vanilla and hemp seed waffles - vanilla bean ice cream, crushed pistachios, fresh berries & white chocolate ganache (see top pic) was to die for, as was the avocado, local feta, tomato salsa & pistachio dukkah on sourdough and the eggs with salmon.
Where: Level 1/88 - 90 Macquarie St
Yes, you read correctly Dubbo has its very own Speakeasy, The Establishment Bar. Completely unexpected, what owner Tenelle Bond has managed to do so incredibly well is transport you out of the country via its slick interiors and sophisticated cocktail offering.
Seeing a niche in the Dubbo scene, and somewhere to grab a coffee after 4pm for those little get togethers that wasn’t a pub, Tenelle has brought her knowledge and passion to the venue, creating something special for community. Elegant and reasonably priced there is a drink for every taste. The Salted Caramel and Jaffa cocktails were a highlight!
Devil’s Elbow Brewery
Where: 10 Commercial Ave Blueridge Business Park
Opening on the 1st July 2019, the idea for the Devil's Elbow Brewery came about after four mates took a trip to South Africa and decided they wanted to bring a metropolitan city bar experience to Dubbo, with a community feel.
Each of the eight beers on tap have their own story to tell and are mostly connected to the history, culture and location of Dubbo, even the name - Devil's Elbow - references a corner in the local lake “Devil’s Hole”. The massive venue which holds up to 400 people features beautifully crafted recycled timber tables, a pizza oven imported from Italy and live music on the weekends.
When it comes to eating the menu is extensive, but it was hard to go past those pizzas, and whilst any choice would have been a good one, we took the vegetarian option with a prawn & avocado salad and the corn with Sriracha Hot Sauce and shaved parmesan.
Whilst our two days came to an end pretty quickly there was still a long list of venues to dine at that we didn't have time to explore. If you're planning on taking a visit to Dubbo here are some other venues you might want to check out.
- The Gallery Cafe: located in the Western Plains Zoo
- The Auctioneer: 46 Wingewarra St
- Dahab Cafe:197 Brisbane St
- Church Street Cafe: 15 Church St
- Alchemy on Victoria: 54 Victoria St