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by Marina K (subscribe)
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Published April 12th 2013
Bayside foodies rejoice - good coffee and food is here
There are few things more pleasurable than waking late on a weekend morning and following that up by brunching with a partner or friends. When you think 'brunch', automatically Brunswick, Fitzroy or Carlton come to mind. And with good reason. While these suburbs are the frontrunners when it comes to good coffee, good food and good vibes, the bayside region is slowly beginning to offer its locals and visitors great brunching locations of its own.

Main Street, opened its doors in 2009. Located in the hub of Mordialloc, right next to the train station, it offers a friendly atmosphere, good coffee and excellent brunch dishes, which are available until 3pm. The 'T' sandwiches are scrumptious, while the 'Smashi Tashi' is a personal favourite. Expect to wait for a table on the weekends as lines are known to come out the door and around the corner. However, the staff are friendly and accommodating and will have you seated as soon as a table frees up. It's worth the wait.

Main Street - old school building, new school dining

Main Street's 'T' sandwiches - more than just your average sandwich

Parkers Cafe was born shortly after Main Street in 2010. Owned by the same people, it too combines an informal vibe with excellent coffee and delicious food. For those in a hurry, both Parkers Cafe and Main Street provide easy access to coffee with the coffee making area of the cafes opening up directly onto the footpath.

Parker's Cafe - a local hotspot

Follow your nose down Nepean Highway to Kitchen Table in Aspendale. Recently opened in 2012, it serves up more basic brunch meals than your standard cafe. What it lacks in variety and creativity though, it makes up in charm and character. The owners grow their own produce in a veggie patch out the back of the cafe and endeavour to use as much of it as possible in their meals. They also have a quirky spoon collection so be sure to check out your spoon when your coffee comes out.

Meals at Kitchen Table Cafe made with home-grown produce

Now repeat after me - "quirky cutlery gives cafes character"

Still in Aspendale, but over the train tracks is Butch and Sundance Providore Cafe. With its French inspired furniture and decor this little place is certainly easy on the eye. While the employees are friendly, the menu is quite basic and the service is slow. The coffee, however, is spot on. Having been open for only 5 months, this place still has a lot of potential.

Basic but tasty food is on offer at Butch and Sundance Providore Cafe

Butch and Sundance make a good coffee - or at least their barista does

So whether you're a local or a visiting city slicker, rejoice, because the bayside region is beginning to offer a variety of cafes in which you can enjoy a meandering, weekend brunching session.
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Why? Because everyone loves brunch. Everyone.
When: Main Street: 7 days 'early-late', Parkers Cafe: 7 days 7am - 4pm (Fridays open until 'late'), Kitchen Table Cafe: Tuesday - Sunday breakfast & lunch, Butch and Sundance Providore Cafe: 7 days breakfast & lunch
Phone: Main Street: 03 9580 8150, Parkers Cafe: (03) 9588 2821, Kitchen Table Cafe: (03) 9588 2558, Butch & Sundance Providore Cafe: 03 9587 0220
Where: Parkdale, Mordialloc and Aspendale, Melbourne VIC
Cost: ~$4 for a coffee, $15 - $20 for a meal
Your Comment
Quirky cutlery gives cafes character.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12604) 2716 days ago
i've had the most delicious food at Butch and Sundance! For me, their food is the best of all the cafes mentioned, especially their cakes which are made on site. Maybe try one of their specials rather than the menu next time, you won't be disappointed. Magic on a fork :D
by caito (score: 0|4) 2665 days ago
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