HOT: Victoria Hotel, 43 Victoria Street, Footscray

The Victoria Hotel Footscray has reopened after a transformation from the down-at-heel Harts Hotel thanks to new owners Anthony Hammond (co-owner of the excellent Builders Arms in Fitzroy) with business partner Nick Carter plus Anthony’s wife Jo deFina. Much of the dark wood and brick interior has been retained, albeit spruced up a lot. Inside there’s […]

HOT: Meat the Greek, 105A Victoria St, Seddon

Greek food doesn’t get much a look in Melbourne’s west despite the area’s long Greek heritage.  So it’s with some excitement that we try Meat the Greek souvlaki bar in Seddon. The space is light and bright, with a few Greek flourishes – like the Mati bottles holding the table numbers – without being over-the-top Zorba […]

HOT: Sebastian’s Food and Wine, 303 Hampton Street, Hampton

Sebastian’s Food and Wine faces the railway crossing at Hampton and is a popular haunt with commuters, families and nearby worker for all day breakfast or lunch. You can choose to hang out at the outdoor pavement tables or step away from the buzz to sit in the leafy courtyard instead. We try the Marrakesh salad ($16) […]

HOT: Burn City Smokers, 31A Vernon St, South Kingsville

American barbecue specialists Burn City Smokers have been using the prep kitchen for their successful catering business in South Kingsville for over a year. But it’s only recently that they’ve launched an eat-in and take away venue at the front – Burn City Test Kitchen. To begin with they’re starting slow at the Burn City Test Kitchen. The […]

HOT: Sunshine Social, 64 Glengala Rd, Sunshine West

Sunshine Social repurposes a former service station into a barbecue restaurant and bar inspired by Melbourne’s classic charcoal chicken shops. During balmy weather, the beer garden is a great place to hang out. There are picnic tables bedecked with jaunty yellow umbrellas and sheltered under the eaves where the petrol bowsers used to be.  For kids there’s […]

HOT: Urban Projuice, 315 Montague St, Albert Park

Hidden in a gorgeous Victorian terrace house in Albert Park you’ll find a wholefoods vegetarian cafe and juice bar called Urban Projuice. It’s one of my favourite pit stops in Albert Park (and I’m not vegetarian). Sit outside on the shaded front terrace or wind you way to the leafy orchard courtyard. There’s also an upstairs […]

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