Bristol may not be known for its perfect weather, but Quay St Diner brings a touch of sunshine to the city with its menu of Californian-inspired fare. The vibrant all-day restaurant boasts beach shack-style interiors, with sanded down wooden surfaces, burnt orange banquettes and colourful surfboard hanging from the walls.
Quay St Diner serves breakfast every morning from 9am, with guests able to kick-start their day with the likes of huevos rancheros (a Mexican dish featuring baked eggs), or toasted ciabatta topped with chargrilled bacon and two sunny side up eggs. You can wash down your breakfast with fruit juices, raspberry lemonade or a selection of teas and coffees.
Later in the day, diners can chow down on a run of tacos, burgers and hot dogs which are all powered by the custom-built Santa Maria charcoal grill. Highlights from the expansive offering include the buttermilk fried chicken burger which is topped with Monterey Jack cheese, coleslaw, pickles and chipotle mayonnaise, while those in a particularly gluttonous mood can indulge with the eight-inch Nacho dog: a pork hot dog topped with Mexican chilli beef, queso cheese, jalapenos and crushed up nacho chips.
It’s not all about the carnivores here though, with vegetarians able to enjoy the likes of sweet potato tacos filled with feta and avocado, while vegans can tuck into a faux hot dog from Moving Mountains.
Round off your meal with Quay St Diner’s selection of luxe ice creams, with flavours ranging from chocolate and sea salt to vegan chocolate and orange. The sweet-toothed trend continues at weekend brunch too, when you’ll find dishes such as pancake stacks topped with fresh fruit and maple syrup, or cinnamon-dusted churros to dip in warm chocolate sauce.
Competitive pricing and a well-curated list of wines, beers and ciders are further reasons to take a trip to Quay St and soak up some carefree Californian vibes.