After playing host to Brisbane's decadent Lobster Shack pop-up, Petrie Terrace is now home to the city's newest American-themed eatery and watering hole. Open in the spot formerly known as Sandy's Goodtime Bar, Fat Belly Jack's is the inner-city area's new home of fried chicken, bourbon, whisky and beer.
The new venture actually comes from the folks behind the aforementioned short-term lobster and Champagne venture. Indeed, they were so impressed with its success that they decided to settle into 48 Petrie Terrace for the long haul. This time around, though, they're all about Nashville-style poultry pieces cooked in a southern-style batter, then dunked in spicy coatings that range from mild to 'really fucking hot', as well as specially paired boilermakers.
Food-wise, patrons can choose from burgers, wings, tenders, and either quarter or a half birds, which all come with bread, pickles and a choice of sides. And as far as those accompaniments go, Fat Belly Jack's is slinging bacon-fried greens, Memphis slaw, creamed corn, mac 'n' cheese and crinkle cut fries.
With bare brick walls on display, neon signs a-blazing, and a soundtrack of American blues, rock, soul, funk and country music, the venue leans into its theming; however, other than the chook, it's the huge back bar that's the focal point. A sizeable range of American spirits sits alongside a rotating lineup of US beers, plus Fat Belly Jack's special boilermaker menu. Spanning from high-end to more affordable options, the lineup includes the likes of the Baller Boiler, pairing Deep Creek IPA with five-year-old Willet Pot Still Reserve whiskey, as well as the Poor Boy, which combines a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon with a shot of Jameson.