While in Melbourne on my last visit, I found out about a place called The Butchers Diner, which is a 24-hour meat-storage, cafe and takeaway joint. The brains behind The Butchers Diner, Con Christopoulos brought the Bourke Street location initially as a boning room for his in-house butcher, who oversees meat across his other Melbourne restaurants. Eventually, it evolved into the American style eatery with burgers, chilli dogs and even a checkered tile floor!
We found that The Butchers Diner was a little hard to find and even though we were looking for it, we walked straight past it before realising we had gone too far. However, it was worth the effort in finding the place as we had a great time there. The layout of the dinner is simple with a big long table and some stools, a few small round tables and a glass meat storage cabinet. There is a cash register, and they only take cash.
Coney Island Chilli Dog
The menu here was also simple with everything you would expect on an American Diner menu. There were a lot of options I liked on the menu, including the steak sandwich and Japanese fried chicken, but ultimately I ordered the cheeseburger. It was a great decision, and I really enjoyed the burger, the ingredients were simple but good quality, so they made for a delicious burger.
Along with the burger, I also got some chips, and as expected they were also delicious, but next time I want to try some of the other side dishes. And with very affordable and delicious food, there will definitely be a next time!