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Jazz City

’m watching my third season of BBQ Pittmasters. I don’t know whether my obsession with this show is about celebrating artisan craftsmanship, or well-cooked brisket. What Myron Mixon has taught me is that tender, tasty brisket has a charry crust and good pull on the slices.

Bar Fly: Brooklyn Social

’m so full; I think this might be how I die… death by fried chicken. Brooklyn Social is both late-night rock’n’roll bar and delightfully sleazy diner, decked out in dark wood, exposed light bulbs, and vintage signage.

GoodTime Diner

Describing itself as having the ‘gritty underground bar scene of Old New Orleans’, The Eastern’s newest diner is lacking a little in the good time feel department. It still looks very much like the ill-fated Greek restaurant (Anatoli) whose space it took over.

Skyline Drive-In Diner

Collect a carload for a retro-style dinner and movie ($10/head) at the recently remodelled Blacktown Skyline Drive-In.

Rocafelas

“If everyone’s going to evacuate and be scared of the area, I’m moving in,” declares Rocco Tozzi. He’s got more right than most to sound cocky: he’s the son of Kings Cross hospitality royalty - Antonello Tozzi – owner of Sugareef from the mid-90s.