Anyone visiting Mackay has to experience the Eimeo Hotel. It is not a high class establishment but an ordinary pub perched on a cliff with the most amazing ocean views. Most probably one of the best seaside views in Australia.
It has been privately owned by a local family for many years and has kept it's traditional charm.
Being situated as it is, it could easily be turned into a luxury 5 star hotel / resort, and probably will one day.
The pub was recently put up for tender and the owners turned down an offer of 13.5 million dollars for it!
The pub itself does great moderately priced lunches and you can either sit inside or out on the terraced balconies to take in that world class view.
This restaurant is now under new management and there have been some changes. I will be updating this tip soon...
Favorite Dish: Sunday lunch menus are pretty basic with dishes like...
BBQ Rump Steak...$15
Crumbed Prawn Cutlets...$16
The 'Specials Menu' includes...
T Bone Steak...?
The views are so spectacular that the food doesn't have to be top class to make it a popular place. The atmosphere is fantastic and I couldn't think of a better way to enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Locals and visitors alike can enjoy this place without busting the budget.
The Boomerang is a must for those looking for a 'good feed'. This hotel has been around for years and is a very popular eating establishment so it's best to make a reservation. You order off the board and they also have 'specials of the day'. Place your order, take a number and wait for it to be called. The best part is you get to help yourself from the large servery. A bit like Sizzlers. Soups [2 choices] hot veges, salads and pasta dishes. Plus great desserts! You can also just order a 'soup and salad' where you just grab a plate and help yourself. Don't let the outside appearance of the Boomerang sway you. Inside it is nicely decorated and well laid out.
Favorite Dish: They are renowned for their char grilled steaks. They also have seafood, chicken and mixed grills etc. The pumpkin soup is to die for!!
Take your pick of the local Football Clubs when you want a cheap meal. These establishments offer good meals at reasonable prices. There are always specials or you can order off the board. All football clubs have pokie machines and a bar plus TV's and TAB for racing enthusiasts.
Entry is a bit tricky though. You have to be accompanied by a member or be a subsiduary member of another club. Just ask at the foyer and they will advise you on how to get in. Worth the time as the meals are good and substancial though not restaurant quality.
Favorite Dish: Typical meals would be...Chicken Kiev and other chicken dishes,Steaks, Fish, Pasta, Prawns etc. There is always a buffet where you can help yourself to salads and vegetables.
Fratini's is a resturant I went to in my stay in Mackay i found the place's atmosphere wonderful. the outside seating over looks the bay and the patrons get the wonderful sea breases
Favorite Dish: My faveroite dish was the parmasana beef . The beef was tender and juicy na dthe cheese had the most wonderful bite to it. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a hearty yet delicate meal.