The Corio Roadhouse Cafe, located in on the main road into Geelong, on the outskirts, is what most people would pass by and disregard as a yobbo-ish truckstop with no potential (that's what I did on arrival anyway). However, I was pleasantly surprised on entering the premises.
While most definitely catering to the trucking crowd, the cafe also attempts to serve the more genteel car-wielding clientele. In particular, they offer the drive through facility, meaning you can order, pay, and receive your food swiftly and freshly made. Furthermore, the dining in part of the cafe offers both outdoor (but still sheltered) and indoor seating, with flat screen televisions hanging from the ceiling for diners' entertainment. The tables and chairs are basic, but stable, so diners aren't forced to endure wobbles.
The cafe boasts an extensive, yet basic menu, at very satisfactory low prices. The most expensive item on the menu is a plate of ribs at $15. Other than that, the menu contains generously stuffed and flavorsome burgers made out of every type of animal, as well as a vegetarian option. Alternatively, diners can order hot finger food items such as chips, jaffles, chicken strips, and various other finger food options. The drinks on offer range from the standard bottled juices, to hot coffees, and even thick shakes. Finally, despite the level of simplicity in the food, the staff are happy to make freshly prepared food when it is ordered, although they also offer pre-made items sitting in a hot display unit.
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The staff are pleasant and accommodating.
Overall, this roadside stop is a great place for a cheap flavoursome meal that doesn't involve eating food out of a cardboard bucket. Diners are spoilt for choice with the generous, cheap, expansive menu. What more could you ask for from a basic roadside eatery?