Vegans, avert your eyes.
Porkies is not for the faint of heart. You could almost believe you were deep in the heart of Texas, if not for the Australian chatter that fills the room, or the familiar faces across the many TV screens – but this is no place for highfalutin airs. It’s a place for greasy-fingered goodness, free soft drink refills and definitely for an elastic waistband. Me, I’m still dreaming about the sticky, sweet, smoky 16-hour burnt ends and garlicky stadium fries.
208 Railway Parade, Bayswater
Old Faithful Bar & BBQ
Old Faithful can be credited with introducing me, and arguably the rest of Perth, to American barbecue. Unusually for a barbecue spot, though – you could bring your meat-averse friends here. You might even get jealous of them. This inner city meat mecca has sides just as good as its mains – rubbed broccoli, kale caesar salad, brussel sprouts with sriracha mayo, fried potatoes with blue cheese sauce… not to mention a drinks list that can more than hold its own. That being said, the lamb ribs with chimichurri will get me every time.
86 King Street, Perth
Frank’s Texas Smokehouse
Frank’s is another place that feels like it’s been transplanted from the middle of Texas, then plonked into an old car yard in Vic Park. Somehow though, it’s as if it’s been there forever. With an outside area perfect for big groups on balmy evenings, wallet-friendly drink specials and meat that’s ready to go as you order (no waiting!), this is the perfect spot for a Sunday catch up with mates. My pick is for the moist brisket – a classic barbecue staple done to perfection.
767 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park
Side Door BBQ
Barbecue is one thing, but brunch and barbecue is a dangerous combination – as if we needed any more tempting. Side Door offers brunch Thursday through Sunday, but if you can’t make it then, their lunch and dinner menu features heaps of options, even for fussy eaters and those a little more territorial over their plates (read: you don’t HAVE to share). Add in a Sweet Peach iced tea with rum, and what more could you ask for?
497-499 Beaufort Street (Rear), Highgate
This is American barbecue done with an easy, breezy Freo attitude. With friendly service and live music providing extra ambience, Holy Smokes should be your next date night dinner. They’ve got all the classics you’d expect – smoked meats, wings and slaws – but they also have a killer lineup of sliders and a some specials you won’t be able to resist: think Philly cheese brisket tacos or chicken and waffles with buttered greens.
Shop 8, 17-23 Collie Street, Fremantle
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Cover photo of Old Faithful Bar & BBQ in town.