We’ve been told that the Palace Hotel is a restaurant which you must go to when you’re in Broken Hill. Not only is it one of the only two places where it’s legal to play two-up all through the year, but it’s also one of Broken Hill’s most iconic building, where Priscilla was filmed.
It’s also surprisingly busy, as we found out when we rocked up only to be told there’d only be a table available at 8:30. Luckily there’s a bar and pool table to keep us occupied whilst we wait, and if you go to the hotel side of the building, there’s quite impressive artwork to be seen on the walls!
Shoestring Fries with Herbs and Yoghurt (Lge $8.50)
The dining space is rather fancy, with a really unique outback atmosphere from the bush paintings on the wall. Service can be slow when it’s busy, but we’re not in a rush so it’s not an issue for us.
We'd been given a little town tour by the uni on our arrival to Broken Hill, some 5 week ago now, and had driven past this cute little corner takeaway store. It's called Hocko's Chicken Shop, but we had misread it to be Hocko's Chicken Soup so when we rocked up on a cold day expecting some warm chicken soup, we were a little surprised to when we read the menu.
There's no chicken soup in sight, but there is plenty of fried chicken and burgers which sounds just as good!
There isn't a great lot of places open at night in Broken Hill- the pubs are really the only the place to go. We'd been to Tydvil Hotel previously with friends for drinks but spied the waffles from the bistro at the last minute and decided to go for some waffles instead of a drink- and they were so good we decided we'd come back for a proper meal!
Tydvil bistro is a small dining area next to the pub. It's nicely set up, but like any pub bistro the service is minimal- grab a table, grab some menus, order at the counter and wait for your food to come. They specialise mostly in steaks and schnitzels, with a complete menu dedicated to schnitzels and various toppings you can add on top.
Although we've ticked off the 'eating a meat pie in the outback' off our list of things to do whilst we're here in Broken Hill, we're not sure last time counted since it was in a cafe instead of a bakery and we did get the fancy flavours which technically doesn't count as a 'meat' pie. So this called for another meat pie for lunch, and we sneak out to the bakery around the corner to have a real meat pie.
Cheese and Bacon Pie ($5)
From what we've heard, there's two main bakeries in Broken Hill- Mac's and Baxter's. We're keen to try both but Baxter's is much more convenient for us, with their bakery just round the corner from where we're working and their cafe in the only major shopping complex.
The bakery itself is a small building sandwiched between a couple of houses. Blink and you'll miss it. It's a tiny bakery with only one pie display cabinet and one cakes display cabinet, but business is good as we notice plenty of locals driving over just to purchase pies and pastries for takeaway for lunch. It's more of a takeaway style business but we're lucky enough to snag the only table outside the bakery to chow down our treats!