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Proud Mary is in the space previously occupied for 11 years by Watt at the Brisbane Powerhouse. It’s a colourful venue dedicated to soul food and Bloody Marys.
Proud Mary isn’t related to the iconic Melbourne coffee roaster, but it is named after the 1969 hit song by Creedence Clearwater Revival, which references New Orleans. The connection comes through in the menu, which taps into North American soul-food favourites such as buttermilk fried chicken, oyster po’ boy sliders and poutine. There are also larger dishes to share, such as DIY beef-brisket tortillas and a cold seafood platter.
The interior is filled with greenery, umbrellas and soft furnishings. A large mural by local artists Frank & Mimi sits behind the bar.
The breakfast menu offers croque monsieur and smoked-salmon tartine. On the weekend, the menu expands to more elaborate options such as a goat’s cheese tartine burger. The Queen Mary Long Brunch runs from 10.30am to 1.30pm on Saturdays and includes a $45 per person four-course set menu with the optional add-ons of bottomless Bloody Marys or bottomless bubbles. Coffee comes from Sydney’s Double Roasters.
The drinks menu features five different Bloody Marys, one of which mixes vodka, a secret Proud Mary mix and clamato juice (a combination of clam and tomato juice). There are also plenty of other cocktails, a bunch of taps with beer from local producers (Ballistic, Slipstream, Green Beacon) and a short, white-heavy wine list.