The explosion of Smith Street

Smith Street has just become the most searingly-hot dining destination in Melbourne. Here are the ten new eat and drinkeries you need to know about

Bebida

This stalwart of low-key good times is getting a facelift to match the recently upgraded menu. Head in for tapas, veggie burgers, Kooinda beers and easy listening tunes in the courtyard. 325 Smith St.

Smith St Alimentary

The crew from Brunswick Street’s café-cum-deli, Alimentary, are opening a second house of ready-made meals, meats, and fresh baked breads right next to their Smith Street restaurant Gorski and Jones. 302 Smith St.

Habitat

An ex-1806 bartender has opened this sleek, slender eatery and cocktail bar where you can get your hands on poached eggs and a hot Bloody Mary on a weekend morning and French ciders and classic cocktails most other nights. Go now and go nuts. 129 Smith St.

Los Barbudos

In 2012 we predicted a spate of rum bars, and the team behind Lily Blacks and Mr Wow have answered the call, Los Barbudos is serving rum cocktails and Cuban tunes. Oh, and this just in: The dudes behind Chingon and Dr Juicy Jay's Crab Shack are setting up a permanent Cuban food truck in the garage out the back! All aboard for chicken and rice, and fat Cuban sammiches. 95 Smith St.

Po' Boy Quarter

Po’ boys! Gumbo! After months of delays, the Gumbo Kitchen food truckteam is finally on track to open their permanent diner. There’s going to be booze too. 295 Smith St.

Saint Crispin

Cavallero is gone, and in its place is this excellent new restaurant by chef Scott Pickett (co-owner of the Estelle) and Joe Grbac (ex-Press Club) where they’re doing sharp two- or three-course set menus of local produce. 300 Smith St.

Jimmy Grants

It seems George Calombaris’s new favourite thing is making souvlakia (If you haven’t had one at Gazi, go now), and in a few weeks he’ll be giving Yah Yahs fans a new last port of call. 113 St David St.

Bistro K

Opening just over a month ago, this little mod-Korean joint is offering big smiles, fancy plates of slow-roasted pork and dehydrated kim chi chips along with rice wine cocktails. 366 Smith St.

Lee Ho Fook

Restaurant titans Peter Bartholomew and David Mackintosh (backers ofPei Modern, Movida et al) are sticking gun chef Victor Liong (last seen pinching dumplings at Sydney’s Mr Wong) into the old Boire site to craft some fancy Chinese. 92 Smith St.

The Birmingham Hotel

This erstwhile sketchy corner pub has been cleaned, gutted and glammed up with industrial knick-knacks. Fear not though, it’s still all about $10 counter meals and footy on the big screen. 333 Smith St.

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First published on 27 Jun 2013. Updated on 19 Mar 2014.

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