After several years of pop-ups, Bluebonnet has finally become a permanent restaurant serving Texas-style barbecue, with smoked meats, salt and pepper the key ingredients. Order a serve of braised beef cheek or settle in for a seared tomahawk steak.
There are 10 Victorian and small-batch beers on tap, plus a cocktail menu divided into three sections – signature, stalwart and seasonal.
A corrugated-iron roof gives the dining room, split into separate zones, a relaxed vibe.
About 20 minutes’ drive north of Melbourne’s CBD.
124-126 Lygon Street, Brunswick East bluebonnetbbq.com.au Open seven days for lunch and dinner