The petite but mighty Red Hook has been flipping burgers and trucking duck tacos from its kitchen into our hearts since August last year. Located down Gresham Lane, the hole-in-the-wall drinking spot and takeaway joint is the casual place to refuel at lunch or catch up for after-work drinks.
Ticking every box, this on-trend laneway bar serves equally on-trend craft beer and American cuisine with a twist. A short but sharp menu of New York street eats tempts the tastebuds, and with sides such as deep-fried pickles, salt and vinegar shoestring fries and popcorn chicken, there is no excuse not to pair a snack with your beer.
If something more substantial is needed to fill the belly, the aforementioned duck tacos ($16) are a Brisbane bucket list must-eat item. Two delicious tacos (often served in a truck-shaped taco holder) are filled with purple slaw, fresh coriander and tasty tasty duck pieces in an east-meets-west fusion. Otherwise the Brooklyn cheeseburger, wagyu beef burrito or Bubba's shrimp roll should satisfy your appetite.
Overall the venue only seats about 20-30 people across chairs and benches within Gresham Lane. The bar itself is made up of lacquered chipboard, an unusual but aesthetically appealing difference, with copper piping features and a backlit noticeboard used to display witty messages.
Owners Bonnie Shearston and Tom Sanceau, the same duo behind Public on George Street, know what makes a venue work, and while Red Hook couldn't be any more different from Public, they understand city folk want an easy and unpretentious place to kick back and enjoy quick, easy food. Red Hook ticks that box too.