I’ve made a list and checked it twice. Here’s plenty of new holiday dining hot spots to discover on the Sunshine Coast this season.

Just say the words Sunshine Coast, and I’m there lying on the long white sand beaches, swimming in the clear blue water and wandering into the ever increasing array of holiday dining hot spots.

Too often I’m only dreaming of heading to the beach but if you are there during the holiday period, here’s what’s on my list to investigate with an empty stomach.

1. Jimmy Fox

203 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville

Located on the corner of Gympie Terrace overlooking the Noosa River, Jimmy Fox’s has fast become a favourite hang out for locals and visitors. Ex-berardos chef Jason Cox is at the helm and is dishing up great street food with a breakfast and lunch menu featuring burgers on home-made buns and dishes such as pulled pork soft tacos with tomato salsa. There is a daily changing  salad menu, the coffee is good and well priced at $3, and their cold pressed juices are the perfect way to start the day. It’s also open on Friday and Saturday nights.

2. Sunspace Café

6 Beddington Road, Doonan

Just outside of Noosa on the way to Eumundi, Sunspace Cafe is definitely worth the drive for those searching for healthy food.   Healthy salads include their Sunspace greens with red cabbage, avocado, raisins, carrot and cashew nuts topped off with lime dressing and the Green Pina Colada is filled with their own Sunspace mixed greens, pineapples, celery, banana, coconut cream, coconut water. The Yoga Chai ice block is a perfect summer dessert.  Sunspace also feature live music on Sundays .

3. Zabee Espresso Bar

98 Poinciana Avenue, Tewantin

Tewantin has waited a long time for an espresso bar in its main street but Zabee has finally arrived. Featuring locally roasted specialty coffee from Clandestino Roasters, Zabee has a  simple menu of fresh foods such as bacon and egg frittatas, wraps, pies and sweet treats.  Zabee also has a great vinyl collection and will play your favourite tunes on request

4. Paper Boy Cafe

10 Memorial Avenue, Tewantin

The Paper Boy Café in Tewantin is a great space for good coffee served with a home made shortbread.  Open from 7am to 3pm daily, the menu is simple and fresh, with their avocado smash for breakfast a definite winner and they have house baked caramel slice.

5. Italian Marina

18/2 Parkyn Court, Tewantin

Enjoy the 360 degree river views, the wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, home made pasta, and Tuscan cuisine at Italian Marina which is located in Noosa Marina. Open for lunch and dinner six days a week.

6. Dukes Burgers

40 Duke Street, Sunshine Beach

Newly opened Dukes Burgers has a casual menu of burgers and accompaniments, a selection of beers and it it’s BYO wines which is sure to be a hit with the Sunshine Beach crowd.

7. Dragon Bull

4/56 Duke Street, Sunshine Beach

Enjoy Asian fusion for breakfast lunch and dinner, seven days a week at Dragon Bull.

8. Velo Project

19 Careela Street, Mooloolaba

They call it simple, honest, real food made with true love at the Velo Project where the emphasis is on sustainability and passion, supporting local farmers and growers, all served in a relaxed and casual environment.  It all adds up to a fun, quirky destination with food good enough to make you want to return.

9. The Prickly Pinata

3/25-27 The Esplanade, Maroochydore

Mexican with a twist is what you’ll find at The Prickly Pinata. Think Hervey Bay scallops topped with chargrilled corn kernals and arbol chilli, Nerang Park chicken wings with a diabla sauce or confit pork tacos.

10. The Post Office Bar

10 Ocean Street, Maroochydore

Created from the old Maroochydore Post Office building in the revamped Ocean Street food precinct, Post Office is a restaurant, bar and beer garden.

Where are your favourite places to eat on the Sunshine Coast? Let us know in the comments below!