To experience some classic American dine-in meals, you surprisingly can't go past Melbourne. There are numerous places that capture the atmosphere of American diners and more. The list below states only a few of many that demonstrate this:
The meals are stuffed with meat and sauces in every way possible. You can get a variety of fries with toppings such as the chilli cheese fries with chilli con carne, Mexican cheese and onions on top. There's also a wide variety of rolls, including a 24 hr pulled pork roll, and so many burgers and hot dogs, you would never have imagined them.
Cookies and cream thickshake with white chocolate
To add to the temptations of American food, the counter is stocked with snacks and sweets such as Twinkies. Their thickshakes are also extremely indulgent, including a great cookies and cream version with either white or dark chocolate.
Po' Boy Quarter has some food that reminds me of Misty's Diner but it has quite a different atmosphere. It is not all about greasy American food - it's about New Orleans and their unique, Southern soul influences on their cuisine.
The restaurant has been created by the parties behind the popular foodtruck Gumbo Kitchen. They include po' boys (like a bread roll) with fillings such as deep fried prawns or beef debris and gumbo, a type of stew almost, served on rice.
They even have homemade lemonade that is a vibrant pink colour. The outfit of the place is quite basic and casual, but the food is filling and some of the items are quite different. If you love the foodtruck, now you can dine-in!
As a bar, their drinks list is also extensive and employs entertaining descriptions on the menu. Their Granny's Blackberry Press (above) was especially tasty, with hints of blackberry, apple juice and mint.
We all had burgers but they were not as packed as Misty's Diner and instead explore with various ingredients such as purple pickled coleslaw and pear and apple compote. The presentation of the meals was cute with little jars of mayonnaise on the side and the French fries were very addictive.
For a bit more of a formal and exquisite atmosphere for your American meal visit Father's Office. Click here for their dine-in menu.
There are plenty more places in Melbourne with a similar feel, but perhaps their American influences are not as obvious or intentional. Feel free to comment with some of your favourite American food joints in Melbourne below!
I checked out the menu for Father's Office hardly American - very usual fare and Quite Australian I mean what American eatery uses beetroot in a burger/ The only real American thing on the menu I can see is Key Lime Pie. I mean chily cheese steak is American but not the way they make it. Good article though, the other ones might be better.