City Lane Townsville
City Lane Townsville opened in June 2014 and is labelled as Townsville’s first creative laneway project and a great place to eat, drink and have fun.
Melbourne has the finest laneway culture in Australia and City Lane is meant to encapsulate that feeling. In the CBD to purchase some Yen for our first trip to Japan, we took the opportunity to check it out.
Arriving via the laneway beside the Sturt Street Post Office (one tick for the authenticity) we were surprised by some brick wall art in the shared carpark. I knew artwork was there of course (a proposed subject had been controversial) but was surprised by it’s size.
City Lane Townsville Restaurants
The Courtyard City Lane
We dutifully walked along the lane and checked out the others, but to our mind the Courtyard seemed too inviting to pass up. So we wandered on in. After a friendly hello the waitress let us choose our table, gave us our menu and told us to order at the bar.
My eyes wanted to look at all the knick knacks and gnomes eek, but my stomach won the battle momentarily as I searched the Americana menu. After a few changes I settled on the Three Pulled Pork Soft Tacos with coleslaw and beer, while Marty chose the Fried Chicken Burger, French Fries and a salted malted caramel shake. $45 total.
The meals were delivered amazingly promptly looked appealing and both passed the taste test. I secretly thought mine trumped Marty’s though. There was a mixed Soft Taco which included a fish taco which I have been desperate to try but I couldn’t order it because I have had Ciguatera poisoning twice in the past so can’t eat certain fish. But next time I shall ask if the Barramundi is farmed Barra in which case I can eat it. Confusing I know.
I can imagine relaxing at the Courtyard
after work with friends – oh that’s right I don’t work as such.
Our first City Lane visit was an unqualified success, and far more convenient than flying to Melbourne. Other City Lane Restaurants include Born Wild (Whole foods), Donna Bionda (Pizza/Italian), Harri Dumpling, Sakana (Sushi Bar), Syros (Greek Street food), Zizigo (Korean) and The Tap House (Tapas, Share Platters, Beer).