Looking for a bite to eat in Townsville without the kids kicking up a fuss? Whether you’re a local looking for somewhere new to try or planning to visit the beautiful Townsville region soon, we’ve got your back. We’ve compiled a handy list for your breakfast, lunch, and dinner needs, to help you make meal times stress-free just as they should be.
Townsville RSL is a favourite with locals and a common meeting place for a bite to eat and a catch up with friends and family. The menu features classic meals such as barramundi and chips, chicken parmigiana, seafood platter, juicy ribs and fresh salads. If you’re after great value for money and a full belly, Townsville RSL is the place to go.
Who doesn’t love a juicy burger? Grill’d is loved for its huge variety of burgers, including beef, chicken, pork, lamb, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Served with a side of Grill’d’s famous seasoned chips and a refreshing cold drink, and you’ve got yourself a satisfying meal. There’s not one, but two kids menus catering to younger kids (under 7) and older kids (8-11). If you haven’t tried Grill’d, you’re missing out.
This popular fresh food market really has it all, from fresh fruit and veggies, meats, seafoods, baked treats, coffee, and more. If you do stop by, make sure you try one of the pretzels from the Artisan Bakehaus – they’re mouthwatering.
A favourite with Townsville locals, Centenary Hotel has everything kids of all ages could want. A children’s menu featuring spaghetti bolognaise, nuggets and chips, steak and chips, and grilled chicken and vegetables (to name a few), and a big area with a playground and massive jumping pillow to burn off some energy. However, be prepared to hear “please, just 5 more minutes?” Once you’re ready to leave.
Situated on the North Ward only a short walk away from The Strand, Funky Ice and Bubble Tea is a favourite with kids and adults alike. What’s better than a cold sweet treat after a swim in the ocean, or a long day of exploring? Opt for a refreshing shaved ice dessert, a sweet bubble tea or a chocolatey smoothie to fulfil your craving.
6. Kirwan Tavern
Looking for a classic pub meal with kid-friendly options? At Kirwan Tavern, kids eat FREE on Thursdays (with a paying adult). On top of that, there is a kids’ playground at this modern pub – they’ll definitely have a good sleep after a meal and a big play.
What’s a trip to the beach without some fish and chips? Mackerel, coral trout, calamari, barramundi, prawn cutlets, fish cakes and more – Tobin Fish Tales has it all. Pair your fish fillet with crunchy hot golden chips and a cold drink, and you’ve got a classic beachy meal. Why not bring your meal down to the shore and eat it while looking out over the ocean for a true North Queensland experience?
A classic family-style restaurant, Ribs and Rumps is all in the name. Delicious juicy beef, lamb, and pork ribs and rumps – or a chicken parmigiana or scrumptious burger if you’d rather opt for that! The large kids menu at Ribs and Rumps offers plenty of variety for the pickiest of eaters – plus, each kids meal comes with a complimentary soft drink and ice cream.
Breakfast, lunch, and high tea; at The Balcony Restaurant, you’re well looked after. At The Balcony Restaurant, you can enjoy an array of sweet treats such as waffles and pancakes, or savoury meals including risotto, southern fried chicken, and battered fish. Delicious.
If you’re looking to introduce your kids to food from other cultures, Gyo Japanese Tapas Bar and Restaurant is a great starting point. The menu features donburi, udon, okonomiyaki, lunch and dinner bento boxes, and of course, a number of sushi rolls.
Feature image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland. Photographer: Ellie Bullen.