As we are food-centric people, our last homage to Port Douglas has to be about all the possibilities for food. So, without further ado...
The PleaseThankYouHello guide to eating and drinking, Port Douglas:
Please can we be rich enough to eat Salsa every night. Thank you to the bakery for being open even when the sign says closed. Hello happy hour.
Coffee Grind/Java Blue (same owners, similar menues)
What to get: The bacon & egg Roll or Poached eggs
When to go: If you want breakfast, get there before 9.
he said: This is where I worked. Order the stockman's breakfast for me, just to piss off the cook.
When to go: Between the hours of 8am and 9pm, but before 5:30 on Saturday, Sunday, and any days that might possibly be holidays.
What to get: Your groceries. Look around for the 10% and 33% off labels, or shop the 2 for 1 sales on the days after cruise ships and tours have left.
he said: Watch out for the trolley pushers.
Lenards *Port Douglas location recently out of business :(
What to get: Chicken. Anything involving chicken.
When to go: When it used to be open.
she said: We weren't aware this was a chain until we described it as "this awesome place where you can get chicken all done up" to the Aussie girls. As mentioned, they specialize in chicken; chicken sausages, chicken kebabs, chicken cordon blue, chicken kievs, chicken enchiladas, chicken wrapped in bacon...
When to go: When you want something quick and delicious for lunch or dinner.
What to get: Crocodile pie. Or the Big Brekkie pie.
she said: For a cheap and easy dinner (and lunch the next day), get the family pie (beef and veggies) with an apple pie for dessert.
What to get: Doner Kebab
When to go: When you need a snack.
he said: they have kebabs which are a great drunk food.
What to get: Nachos, or a big juicy steak.
When to go: When you want more food than you can eat.
she said: They don't do take-away boxes, so either bring your own container to stow away the left-overs, or leave uncomfortably full.
When to go: When someone else is paying.
What to get: It would be hard to order something bad.
she said: Even if all you can afford is a drink, don't forget to check out the aquarium in the bathrooms!
When to go: Anytime, but dinner especially offers many delicious dishes.
What to get: Whichever special the waiter suggests, especially if it involves lamb.
he said: Relaxed atmosphere but excellent "modern Australian cuisine" aka food.
she said: Of all the places we ate, this is the one I would return to, even with the $100 bill (sans drinks).
What to get: Any of the appetizers. Especially the sesame toast.
When to go: Dinner
he said: Dang that sesame toast was so flipping good.
What to get: Ice cream! Along with 15 minutes of free internet.
When to go: When you don't feel like eating your ice cream out of the supermarket carton.
she said: Two scoops - Bailey's and Coconut.
On the Inlet aka "the place where they feed George the Grouper"
What to get: Prawn Bucket
When to go: 5pm for the Grouper feeding, get there early for good seats.
he said: Or you could just check it out on youtube.
Meridien Marinas Port Douglas
What to get: Fish and Chips, Calamari.
When to go: Around 4:30 when the tour ships haven't quite docked, but the food/drink deals to rope them in are up and running.
What to get: Seasoned bread with olive and feta or any dish involving fish.
When to go: Wednesday night Trivia Night
she said: Brush up on your local knowledge before going to trivia, for instance; Previous names for the town included Terrigal, Island Point, Port Owen, and Salisbury.
Rattle and Hum
What to get: Cheap pitchers and a game of pool.
When to go: Happy hours 5-6 and 10-11 daily.
he said: They have internet upstairs which I know how to steal.
she said: Try to pick a pool partner who isn't going to blame all their missed shots on the "baby sized Australian pool tables."
What to get: Drinks
When to go: Opening night… oh wait you missed it.
What to get: Drunk, or hit on by 19 year-olds.
When to go: Tuesdays for Karaoke, Fridays for the top 40 rock cover band, and anytime you might want to stay up past midnight (since it's the only place in town still open).
he said: You'll go here once at night, then you'll walk by during the day and notice that people actually eat food from here. With their mouths. You will be disgusted.
she said: But you'll still go back.
this is where you find it...
When to go: When the bars have closed and they've just begun baking.
What to get: Whatever's fresh out of the oven.
she said: I love bread.
he said: Me too.
'Till we eat again... pleasethankyouhello out.