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Whether you’re a dedicated epicurean or a more casual foodie, any visit to the NSW Northern Rivers should involve some food-based exploration. There are so many fantastic places to eat, shop and taste, with options to suit any price-point or predilection.
As local residents, we love exploring the best places to eat in Byron and the region. We like to share some of the hits (and occasional misses) to help you narrow down a few spots you’d like to try on your next visit.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve had occasion to take in the dining equivalents of something old, something new, something borrowed (well, sort of) and something blue. That means it’s time to tell you a little about some of our recent foodie finds in Byron, Lennox Head and Mullumbimby.
Baker & Daughters (28 Burringbar St, Mullumbimby) is a slip of a shop that turns out some cracking good food. As the name suggests, it is a new bakery in Mullum, but that doesn’t really do it justice. From sourdough to salads this place does it all and they have hit the ground running, having only opened in the last few months. The day we stopped it was heaving with locals swinging by for pies, bread, coffee, sarnies and more. We sampled a ham sandwich, beef pie and a buttery croissant. Thumbs up, thumbs up and thumbs up. My new favourite sandwich destination in the region.
And speaking of Mullum, the town has borrowed Lismore’s finest, as it is now home to the second outlet of another of our favourites in the area, Flock. Also opened in the last few months, the location in Mullum (55 Station St, Mullumbimby) has a great outdoor area and plenty of space. They’re even licensed. The Mullum menu is a little different to the Lismore original so probably best to try both! You can read more about them in earlier posts here and here.
At the other end of the age-spectrum, Penny Lane in Lennox Head (Shop 6/90-92 Ballina Street, Lennox Head) has been around for a little while, but for whatever reason we hadn’t visited until now. Warren from Boorabee Dorper first recommended them to me, and I’m glad we finally took his advice. We were there for breakfast and I had the best French toast I’ve had in ages. A really interesting menu, and they do dinners as well.
Another well-established Byron venue, Foxy Luu’s (Shop 4a, 90 Jonson Street, Byron Bay) was a place I’ve had on my radar to try for some time. After hitting the new Palace Cinema last week – which is great by the way – we had a cheap and cheerful dinner. Fresh and tasty with great dumplings and funky bao. A fun option that is family friendly.
And the something blue? Well, I stretched the analogy somewhat to refer to Kouzina (1/1 Acacia St, Byron Bay), tucked away in the treasure trove that is the Arts and Industrial District. When I think of Greece, I always make a highly predictable association with bright blue skies and ocean so it works. Yet another place I’d had my eye on, it was a very chilled lunch time visit once I made it there. The menu is, well, not a menu. You simply get a mezze bowl or plate (single or shared) and let the good people do their thing (be prepared for garlic!). They also do dinners as well, with a complete Greek feast, which I imagine would be quite the experience. A heads up that they will be closed through August so either go now or wait for Spring!
What takes your fancy from those options? Let us know if you try any of them or you have other food discoveries in the Byron region we should let travellers know about. Wherever you dine, always make sure you’re supporting real people making real food at real places.