Words by Kale Armstrong.
Scarborough: The place to be. A picturesque beachside paradise lined with some of the best and busiest bars and eateries in town. But the foreshore is only the surface of what lies within. Will you leave the comfort of the familiar? Will you venture into the suburbs for the most precious of hidden gems?
Nestled on the corner of Scarborough Beach Road and Gildercliffe Street, you might not see Pizzaca Caffe as you pass by. But it’s there, and the locals know all about it. Pizzaca are pumping out amazing food and drink from dawn ‘til dusk. Start the day off right from a list of sweet and savoury hot cakes, eggs benedict or a tasting plate. In the evening, dig in to those classic Italian comfort foods: woodfire pizzas, home-style pastas, juicy steaks, chilli mussels and even a parmi that you can top with spaghetti bolognese. Pizzaca is a family affair, served with love, straight from the heart.
161 Gildercliffe Street, Scarborough
My fellow Perthians. There comes a time in every freedom loving person’s life where they must abandon their fears of bad cholesterol and high blood pressure, and give in to the ravenous carnal desires that underpin our very being. Inspired by the easy going lounges of New York’s boroughs, Brooklyn Lounge is the home of delicious, mouth-watering, food porn. Think double patty beef burgers oozing with bacon filled mac and cheese, buffalo wings dripping with blue cheese sauce, fries loaded with every meaty, cheesy, creamy edition that your heart could possibly desire. Top it off with a slice of Biscoff cookie pie, ice cream and caramel sauce and you have what makes the United States one of the best damn countries on Earth. God bless America!
117a Brighton Road, Scarborough
Harvest Boulangerie Patisserie
Welcome to a buttery carb-filled nirvana. It’s no secret that the French do it best, and Harvest Boulangerie Patisserie is living proof of that. Famous for their traditional pastries, breads and coffee served with a complimentary friand, Harvest has become so popular that they’ve had to start listing the times that their creations leave the oven on a chalkboard to avoid disappointment. If you’re ever so lucky to grab one of their ham and cheese wrapped croissants straight out of the oven, you will discover a whole new definition of Parisian bliss.
117B Brighton Road, Scarborough
Chances are that you’ve run into Lady Latte before and never even known it. From humble beginnings as a popular food and coffee van – which you can still find on Sunday mornings at Stirling Farmer’s Market – to opening up an official home base in 2016, Lady Latte is the personification of everything there is to love about the coastal suburb. Masters of caffeine – and everything in between – you can also find these exquisite espresso experts serving up breakfast and brunch dishes that are the key to brightening up your day. From creative twists on well-known classics to a list of gourmet jaffles that are basically concentrated deliciousness, Lady Latte is the perfect spot for that overdue catch-up.
41 Edgehill Street, Scarborough
General Public Food Co.
Evan and Sarah Hewitt’s suburban bar and restaurant is the living embodiment of a hidden gem. Whether it’s your morning coffee, a fried chicken taco or some fries loaded with melted cheese, pulled pork and sour cream, General Public has got you sorted. But it doesn’t stop there. Serving up sensational pizzas that champion locally sourced ingredients and a naturally fermented dough, prepare to have your mind blown from the very first bite. Pair that with six rotating beers on tap and a swag of delicious WA wines, and you’ve got yourself a solid night of eating and drinking on your hands.
5/19 Doric Street, Scarborough
Drift Kitchen + SKØL
Mani and Ben Noble’s busy little beach house is a Scarborough institution. Serving up humble and delicious breakfasts from Drift Kitchen – with coffee from Leftfield Coffee – it’s not hard to fall into holiday mode and soak up the coastal vibes. As the sun stretches overhead, you might find yourself floating over to the heritage courtyard at SKØL, a Scandinavian Bar and Eatery inspired by family history, tradition and simplicity. Featuring a terrific menu by Chef Quentin Flipo, each dish pairs perfectly with SKØL’s list of local craft beers, wines and Instagrammable cocktails. Whether you’re being served on the front porch or by the fireplace, at the heart of Drift Kitchen and SKØL is a tight knit team creating a neighbourhood vibe that is uniquely Scarborough. “We love our locals and we love new faces,” say Mani and Ben. “They’re why we enjoy what we do, and will continue to do so for many years to come.”
16A Calais Road, Scarborough
From one iconic Scarborough institution to another, previous Indi Bar General Manager Mathieu Bourget’s Il Locale is serving up some of the best Neapolitan pizza in town. With a passionate and humble team of Scarborough locals, it hasn’t taken long for this pizzeria to build a strong bond with its community. Combining local and imported D.O.P ingredients – including Stracciatella and Burrata from La Delizia Latticini – Il Locale’s three-day Caputo and Manitoba fermented dough is the perfect vessel to carry the very essence of quality toppings. Smashing the pizza game like Maradona smashes goals, these pizzaiolos are the real deal. This is where Nonna gets her pizza, and you don’t question Nonna.
16C Calais Road, Scarborough
Fam Bam Burger Bar
When was the last time you had a truly incredible burger? Welcome to Fam Bam Burger Bar, where burger dreams come true. A popular neighbourhood spot celebrating Canadian and Aussie roots, these delicious custom blend burgers are packed full of flavour and nostalgia. Want chicken salt on those chips? Done. One dollar buffalo wings on Wednesdays? Sorted. What about a classic Aussie burger? You know the one, loaded with almost everything you could possibly fit on a toasted bun, plus a few slices of beetroot because why not? Of course! This homely local refuge beams with chill vibes to all who pass by. The perfect place to grab a feed with mates and enjoy the very best of what life has to offer.
16E Calais Road, Scarborough
Header Image: Fam Bam Burger Bar