If you're looking for a slice of America's west coast on Australia's east coast, one Coorparoo bar has you covered. That'd be California Native, a surf shack-style establishment made for the beach, brew and beef lover inside all of us.
It's a hangout that will make you want to go on holiday — or you can just pretend once you walk through their doors. Spying a surfboard hanging from the ceiling and sauntering past a Californian maple tree will definitely help. Devouring US and Mexican-influenced meals will as well.
Starting your visit with a plate of house-made corn chips is a must, and not just because they're delivered to every table. From there, whether sizeable salads, just as hefty steaks or the kind of authentic tacos you won't find at your average chain joint are your thing, you won't be leaving hungry. As far as a signature dish goes, the mouthwatering Monterey Bay Toasty Fish Sandwich is preceded by its glowing reputation. Wash it all down with a beer or wine from the region, some tequila, or a Baja Sands Margarita; when in a Cali-Mex restaurant, and all that.
Find California Native at 420 Cavendish Road, Coorparoo. For more information, visit their Facebook page.