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American Restaurants in Melbourne

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Published April 9th 2014
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:

Misty's Diner: 765 Gilbert Rd, Reservoir

Carrying on from the success of the Prahran branch, American owner Misty decided to open another branch of her diner in the northern suburbs.

Misty's Diner
Pulled pork roll and cheese chilli fries

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.

Misty's Diner
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.

Misty's Diner
Western and bacon burger

The decor is reminiscent of a jukebox diner and is always full to the brim. Meals like these are good every now and again, but a little too full on and greasy to eat regularly.

To see the full menu, click here.

Po' Boy Quarter: 295 Smith St, Fitzroy

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.

Po' Boy Quarter
Po' Boy Quarter's decor

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.

Po' Boy Quarter
Gumbo, fries, rolls and homemade lemonade!

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!

See their menu here.

Father's Office: 249 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne CBD

In contrast to the other places in this list, Father's Office Speakeasy Bar and Restaurant has an air of a little more class.

There is a separate dining area to the noisy bar. They have a 1920's theme that even the wait staff embrace by wearing dapper shirts and headpieces.

Father's Office
Father's Office's impressive interior

The decor is classic and sleek, whilst the menu is made to look like an olden day newspaper. Some of their menu items were reminiscent of Po' Boy Quarter with New Orleans items such as Cajun chicken.

However their menu is a lot more extensive and tries to encapsulate meals with a general American feel.

Father's Office
The pork belly burger and cocktail

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.

Father's Office
The Man Burger

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!
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Why? To get a taste of different American cuisine in Melbourne
Where: Various locations in Melbourne
Cost: About $10-$25 for a meal
Your Comment

You'll love this one!
by annal (score: 2|192) 2275 days ago
Try this new restaurant! Big Huey's Diner, 315 Coventry Street
South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3205



by annal (score: 2|192) 2279 days ago
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.
by Leanne Sampson-Bowden (score: 2|133) 2275 days ago
come check us out at : Mason Dixon American Sandwich Bar
7 / 480 Collins St Melbourne VIC 3000

we've be voted in the top 10 best sandwiches in Melbourne by the Herald Sun -- TWICE!
by melgi (score: 0|2) 1758 days ago
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