Statler & Waldorf's Australian Bar Award displayed proudly in front of a portrait of their namesake Muppet characters.
"The venue was named after two old, and constantly complaining, Muppets characters, to remind the owners that everyone can be a food critic these days, but not to take it too seriously.
"The rustic, homely décor in the front room imparts a relaxed and welcoming ambience that makes it a perfect place to settle down for a meal, whilst the Beer Garden out back provides a cool and quiet space, equipped with table tennis and card games, to help you escape from the rigours of life.
Front room sitting area
"The only stress you may experience is when trying to pick just one dish from a seasonal menu that includes a tempting array of culinary delights.
"For those with an appetite, their simple but delectable, fall-off-the-bone BBQ Lamb ribs, drizzled in honey from their own rooftop hive, and served with some in-house baked sourdough to mop up every tasty morsel, is sure to hit the spot. Or perhaps something more refined, like their deliciously tender Confit Duck Leg with sweet, caramelised quince, roast potato, and pink peppercorn.
"Many customers settle on a small snack in the form of their sweet potato wedges, served in a quaint terracotta flower pot, with a delicious house-made raita dipping sauce, which are a perfect, salty accompaniment to enjoy with any of the rotating range of local craft beers on tap.
Craft Beer and BBQ Lamb Ribs
"Whatever your choice, their quality ingredients, friendly service and, of course, their offer to add bacon to any dish for just $3, is guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face, and a satisfied feeling in your belly.
"Even nestled amongst a variety of bars and restaurants in the Caxton Street Precinct, Statler & Waldorf Gastronomy Pub manages to stand-out, with its friendly staff, inviting venue, and amazing selection of food and drinks. Their menu declares their promise to “use seasonal produce, local when it’s better, ethical where viable”, so you know that they do not compromise on quality.
"It therefore comes as no surprise to learn that this passion to provide great service won them the Australian Bar Award’s “Pub of the Year for Queensland” in 2014.
Beer Garden Bar out back, with games and entertainment.
"A framed picture on the wall proudly proclaims that there is no free Wi-Fi, and suggests that you try talking to people instead. This is a welcome omission, as it allows diners to turn back the clock and make meal times more of the social event that they used to be, aimed at bringing people together to laugh, share and talk over great food and drink.
"This idea is what sums up Statler & Waldorf for me, making it one of my favourite Brisbane venues and a must-visit for all Brisbane foodies."