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CHUPACABRA

Shop 12A, 3 Clif­ford Street, Suf­folk Park There’s no room for bur­rito bash­ing in th­ese pages, but if you haven’t tried real-deal Mex­i­can food be­fore, you need to get to this breezy taque­ria pronto. Head chef Evan White has been mas­ter­ing the art of coastal Mex­i­can fare for years, and it couldn’t be more com­pat­i­ble with our cli­mate. Wake up your palate with bright, zingy flavours. The flame-grilled corn is a rev­e­la­tion, but save room for the lime-licked ce­viche, Cape By­ron steak tacos and zuc­chini blos­som que­sadilla.

HAR­VEST NEWRYBAR

18-22 Old Pa­cific High­way, Newrybar Vil­lage With the kind of coun­try charm that sparks sea-change day­dreams, Har­vest Newrybar is a fine-din­ing restau­rant with a 116-year old bak­ery, edi­ble gar­den, chick­ens and bees. Head chef Alas­tair Wad­dell has teamed with for­ager Peter Hard­wick to cre­ate a menu of na­tive Aus­tralian cu­riosi­ties. Dine in or pick up some lo­cal good­ies from the deli next door.

LIGHT YEARS

3/17 Law­son Street, By­ron Bay Pic­ture Hanoi in the 50s with a lib­eral dose of pink and a killer sound­track. This Viet­namese restau­rant and cock­tail bar of­fers mod­ern share plates and ad­dic­tive street food in a retro-in­spired set­ting.

BAR­RIO BY­RON BAY

1 Porter Street, By­ron Bay Fran­cisco Smoje’s cook­ing is sim­ple but so mem­o­rable, cen­tred around the wood-fired oven and char­coal grill.

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