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Cheap, fast and tasty. Open fairly late on weekends.
(02) 4751 5187 – 240 Macquarie Road
Oriental Hotel (The Ori) – Springwood
Food is a little on the pricey side, but they have beer. Not the most relaxed pub in the mountains.
(02) 4751 7788 – 112 Macquarie Road
Bunker – Springwood
Not the place for a dirty canyoner, but a good spot for a nice (but pricey) dinner and cocktails. Modern Australian food. Live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
(02) 4751 6615 – 150 Macquarie Road
Finn & Co. Cafe
Good locally roasted coffee. Open 7am including weekends. Would appeal to the hipster crowd – but good if you need an early coffee.
(02) 4751 9961 – 107 Macquarie Road
The Lapstone Hotel (The Lapo) – Blaxland
Recently renovated, can be pricey but good food. Never a comment about dress, except for when a 9-year-old in stinky thermals with crusty blood on his head from a leech attack turned up. And I’ve been told it has the cutest bar staff in the mountains.
(02) 4739 1266 – 15 Great Western Highway
Monte Pizzeria – Blaxland
Opposite the Lapo, and still serving after the bistro closes, reasonable food at a reasonable price. Avoid the garlic bread.
(02) 4739 6969 – 15 Great Western Highway
Michaelangelo’s Italian Restaurant – Blaxland (4 star?)
This fancy modern Italian restaurant has opened a wood fired pizza section. Whilst technically the pizza is for takeaway only, there are a couple of outside tables which can be utilised. The pricey but delicious inside restaurant probably wouldn’t take too kindly to dirty canyoners. Not open Sundays.
(02) 4739 0485 – 176 Great Western Hwy
Blaxland Thai Restaurant (2 star)
Reasonably pricedThai food aimed at an Anglo crowd. Sweet rather than spicy.
Thai Ruk Thai – Blaxland (2.5 star)
Slightly less sweet than the other Blaxland Thai place. Reasonably priced. Near the Lapo.
(02) 4739 0273 – 17 Great Western Hwy
Good fish and chips.
(02) 4739 1837 – 31 Ross Street
Kickaboom – Glenbrook (2 star)
Previously the Jazz Apple Cafe, this place has been renovated and is under new ownership. All the character has been removed and it is now a beige hipster joint. The coffee is good though.
(02) 4742 5847 6 Ross Street
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