Food + Wine 09

If you haven't already, rush out and grab a copy of the Weekend Australian Magazine and drool your way through the Food + Wine 09 special.

As well as launching several new writers, including John Lethlean, Necia Wilden and James Halliday, it has a very eclectic list of restaurants which 'best illustrate the way we like to dine out today.'

It includes eateries from all around the country which would make a great starting point when next dining out in an unfamiliar city.

Brisbane restaurants to make the top honours include E'cco Bistro, Philip Johnson's amazing eatery in Boundary Street, and new kid on the block, The Buffalo Club in the Valley. According to the review Ryan Squires is serving up '16 courses that channel the cutting-edge masters of Europe and America, via tropical Queensland, as thoroughly and inspirationally as any left standing in this increasingly empty circle.' High praise indeed.

On the honourable mentions lists were -
Wasabi, Sunshine Coast
Urbane, Brisbane City
Montrachet, Paddington
Depot Emporium, Fortitude Valley

There's also a great story on duck with Rocklea Market listed as the best place to buy fresh Burrawong ducks (Saturdays) and the Meet-Ting Place at Paddington as a stockist for Bendele Ducks which hail from the South Burnett.

My best duck tip comes via David Pugh of Restaurant II and Queensland Chef of the Year – Chinese Barbecue in Ann Street in the Valley has the best budget duck meals around. For under $10 you can get a great meal with more duck than you really want.

Share your best duck tips.