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Lone Star fried chicken, calamari, loaded fries and fries with sauce
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Places to lunch or brunch around Church Street, Parramatta

From slow-cooked lamb shoulder to vanilla smoothies, Church Street has plenty of tasty dining options

By Time Out in association with City of Parramatta and Transport for NSW

Locals of Parramatta have it good. So good that they have an entire street referred to as ‘Eat Street’. Work on the light rail is progressing, but you can still head down to Church Street and immerse yourself in the flavours it has to offer. Kickstart your day with a healthy brunch and wash it down with a smoothie, or dig into a Texan feast complete with juicy baby back pork ribs dripping with smoky barbecue sauce. If you’re the type to take photos of your food take heed, because this one’s for you. And here's a bonus: Church Street diners can enjoy free parking (terms and conditions apply).

Places to eat around Church Street

Nutrition Station Parramatta
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Nutrition Station Parramatta

Sometimes, you just want to eat a burger without feeling like a nap straight afterwards. Nutrition Station in Parramatta is a health-conscious chain venue that dishes up juicy beef burgers with the usual trimmings but omits cheese and subs it with herby mayo and pickled onion on a light sprout bun. Your tastebuds and your gut will both thank you later. There's also fresh salads, comforting breakfast options and set lunch plates plus an extensive smoothie menu. It’s open from 7am to 9pm every day so you can satisfy those breakfast, lunch and dinner cravings.

Itihaas Indian Restaurant

Restaurants Indian Parramatta

Go on a culinary journey through India with Itihaas Restaurant. Start in the north with a rich serving of buna gosht, a Punjabi dish featuring tender pieces of lamb simmered in a thick, spicy gravy. Then travel down south and treat yourself to a large, crisp dosa with silky sambar and coconut chutney. Itihaas is open for lunch from noon to 3pm and dinner from 5pm to 10pm, and offers plenty of options well suited to either occasion. There’s even a three-course banquet priced at just $44 per person which is well worth taking advantage of, and free parking for customers when they dine in after 6pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

Buffalo wings and deep-fried southern food
Photograph: Supplied/Lone Star Rib House

Lone Star Rib House

Restaurants Pubs Blacktown

For those looking to get their hands dirty, or covered in sticky, smoky barbecue sauce, there’s Lone Star Rib House. The closest some of us can get to a true Texan steakhouse, it serves delicious southern fare, and the lip-smacking eight-hour slow-cooked pork or beef ribs is the belle of the ball. The venue also offers its own designated chicken schnitzel and chargrilled steak menus, seafood options like an all-American fish fry, and salads too but don't be fooled, these salads are loaded with either ranch or caesar dressing. If you’re looking for carb-on-carb action then buckle up pardner, you’re in for a wild ride. Lone Star offers free parking for those dining after 6pm on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays too and is open every day. Check out its three-course menu packages for $45 throughout the festive period, or its lunch specials from 11.30am to 3pm from Monday to Friday.

A waitress taking restaurant orders
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Kouzina Greco

Family-owned and run Greek restaurant Kouzina Greco offers traditional family recipes with a contemporary approach, and it’s mouthwatering food at that. Think juicy lamb kleftiko four-hour roasted lamb shoulder that falls apart at the touch with a side of zingy lemon potatoes, or salty, fried saganaki cheese all appearing on its extensive à la carte menu. Kouzina Greco also offers a luxe $15 lunch menu that won’t break the bank but features dishes like mussels saganaki in a white wine reduction with spaghetti. If you’re looking to make a night of it there’s also a set menu priced at $65 per head including juicy Greek lamb meatballs, crisp flash-fried calamari and smoky and tender barbecue chicken souvlaki. Those with dietary restrictions are also welcome with the venue catering to coeliacs and vegetarians too. It's open for lunch from Tuesday to Friday and dinner from Tuesday to Saturday.

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