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by Jeni Wilson (subscribe)
Teacher educator and author of many teacher reference books. Amused by random ideas and loves random acts of kindness. Enjoys writing humour...seriously!Please see my Instagram: wilsonjeni
Published October 17th 2017
And Cheap As
Café, Lunch, Breakfast, cheap food, cheap eats, burgers, 70s cafe, Snacks, Coffee, child friendly
Delicious Spanakopita


This is going to sound like we're really fussy but Fresh As Cafe was our fourth choice for the day. I had intended to visit a new cafe in Watsonia but my Mum wanted to take me to an alternate cafe in Macleod. That cafe was shut so we took a stroll to another cafe that featured organic food. My Mum seemed unsure and as we were standing there a lady said 'If you like somewhere a bit different, take a walk to the cafe with the orange umbrellas out front.' She said the food and coffee was great and it had cheap prices as well.

Café, Lunch, Breakfast, cheap food, cheap eats, burgers, 70s cafe, Snacks, Coffee, child friendly
Step back in time


Elvis was playing and the decor was from the 70s. There was lots of orange and bright colours and the cups were the same as we had about about 40 years ago. I have no idea where Tony (the owner) would've acquired all of this 70s gear from. I didn't look around for a jukebox but I'm sure there must've been one.

There was 70s style wallpaper and photos of movie stars from my childhood years on the table. I recognised most of these including the 3 x 3 grid of The Brady Bunch, Little House on the Prairie and The Flintstones. There was a red shiny coffee machine and the toilet had a disco ball and multicoloured tiles halfway up the wall. Incidentally, the hallway to the toilet had macramé potholders and other paraphernalia from that era.

Café, Lunch, Breakfast, cheap food, cheap eats, burgers, 70s cafe, Snacks, Coffee, child friendly
Better than my bathroom!


Until four years ago, Tony had never owned a cafe before, nor had he been in that line of work. He had something to do with gym equipment but somehow he decided to set up a cafe to sell his friends roasted coffee. Why not? Apart from the fact that the woman who recommended this place works there, something I noticed was the friendliness of the staff. In fact, I asked one of them if they were shareholders.

Café, Lunch, Breakfast, cheap food, cheap eats, burgers, 70s cafe, Snacks, Coffee, child friendly
They've thought of ever detail


The menu consists of breakfast, lunch and dinner four nights a week. Burgers are their specialty but we ordered the delicious spanakopita. I really like this dish and I particularly liked it today, as the pastry was absolutely divine. You probably won't believe me when I tell you that but my meal only cost me $6, so for the two of us (including drinks and meal) was under $20!

Many of the food items are named after celebrities from the 70s such as AC/DC, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Paul McCartney, and the Hot Chili Peppers. The burgers start from $11. Their breakfasts are very reasonable, you can get yourself a cooked meal such as eggs on toast from $10.

Café, Lunch, Breakfast, cheap food, cheap eats, burgers, 70s cafe, Snacks, Coffee, child friendly
Remember these?


I heard one waitress talking to some people on another table and she said 'Whatever floats your boat'. It's an old-fashioned saying I haven't heard for a while. I wish I'd known what the whole conversation was about. Before she left, she came over and said she was just coming to say goodbye, which she did to a whole lot of other tables on the way out. Strangely, I felt like I had known her for a long time.

Café, Lunch, Breakfast, cheap food, cheap eats, burgers, 70s cafe, Snacks, Coffee, child friendly
Crank it up


As I said, Fresh As Café was nothing like I expected, but such fun to eat at. This definitely should be on your cheap eats list!
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Why? For the cheapest burgers since the 70s
When: Sunday 8:30am–4pm, 5–9pm Monday 7am–4pm Tuesday 7am–4pm Wednesday 7am–4pm Thursday 7am–4pm, 5:30–9pm Friday 7am–4pm, 5:30–9pm Saturday 8am–9pm
Phone: (03) 9457 1919
Where: 76 Aberdeen Rd, Macleod
Cost: Cheap as
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