Visiting Huskisson over the Big Husky Triathlon weekend? We have the rundown on where to go for a great coffee and food all the family can enjoy.
Finding the best coffee in town (for that early morning start) and a healthy meal is top on our list when traveling to new places for triathlons – and it’s not always an easy task!
Small towns like Huskisson on the NSW south coast may seem like they have limited dining options (and some do) however popular tourist spots like Huskisson are in fact scattered with little cafes and dining options with all the offerings we city dwellers appreciate. Only issue can be the extra wait for the morning brew or trying to nab a table!
Food on the go is often easy over the triathlon weekend. Elite Energy, the organisers of the Big Husky Triathlon weekend, have food and drink stalls around the race hub for this purpose. Apart from the usual snag on a roll offered by the locals (and we do like to support them!) sometimes there is a funky food van offering something different and a few coffee vans of course!
If you are looking for a relaxed lunch experience near the race hub or a tasty dinner with family and friends, here are the hot spots to head to over the weekend.
A popular stop for many and right in the center of all the activity is the Huskisson Hotel which is bustling with triathletes the whole weekend. We have had delicious breakfasts on their deck and plenty of tasty post-race meals – and its the perfect spot for a cold beer or your favourite drink post-race.
5 Little Pigs is also a popular spot where the bike leg and fun runners pass, with some healthy dishes including lots of gluten-free options. I loved the Fritters with Trout Salad. A review from a past Husky Tri visitor declared they have the “Best Burger Ever!” – my boys were pretty impressed!
Kick back and enjoy a meal or beverage in between all the racing and cheering!
Another popular spot to people (and race) watch is Angels Bayside on the corner where the bikes turn into town from the race hub. We enjoyed a tasty breakfast and they have some big tables if you are looking to enjoy a group meal. They also have live music over the weekend which gets some dancing!
My favourite cafe is Salty Joes – inspired by the beach-loving vibes of Southern California. I had an amazing green breakfast bowl or they also have morning smoothie bowls packed full of green goodness – if like to get your greens in early! They also do a fab coffee, and as the day goes on its burger and bowls and maybe a vino or shot of tequila post-race!
If you are happy to eat just veg, then Pilgrims looks good (although haven’t been yet) and it offers Mexican meals on Friday and Saturday night – yes it’s still all vegetarian!
If meat is your thing, or apple turnovers filled with fresh cream, then you will want to visit at least once the famous Huskisson Bakery for their meat pies and sweet treats! It opens early (great for race morning) and you can dine in but beware there will be queues out the door – maybe even around the corner!
Prefer an Asian meal? There are a couple of Thai and Japanese options in Huskisson town. Kanpai Japanese restaurant pictured above) is a popular spot on the corner right at the bike transition exit. Enjoy a Japanese beer on tap too!
Stonegrill Huskisson is a popular dining experience – cook your meat on a hot stone on the table! Good for group meals too but get in early for with a booking for race weekend!
Finally, if you feel like something a little special, the fanciest restaurant in town is The Quarters. Describing it’s menu as modern Australian, pulling inspiration from the Mediterranean and Asia, along with classic dishes and comfort food – and utilising local produce from the land and the sea – love it! Open for lunch and dinner on weekends, it also has a nice looking cocktail menu including my favourite Expresso Martini…my thoughts is this place may need to be saved for post race celebrations.
Every year we discover somewhere new. There is certainly a lot of options but our one tip is to be prepared to wait or get in early with your bookings. Race week is too late!
Where is your favourite place to eat in Huskisson? Let us know.