That's right, outside the Brunswick/Carlton/Fitzroy brunch-o- sphere. You'd also think that would mean this cafe would have a hard time keeping a rep then, right? Wrong. Jackson Dodds is packed on the weekends by a dedicated crowd of uni students
It's an unassuming, medium sized place where the energy of the kitchen leaks out into the main area. Most of the time this gives the cafe a nice bustling vibe, helped along by the busy waiters. At times however their set up gives the place an anxious feel, with you sandwiched between babies, students chattering, a cash register and chefs.
In regards to the food, look I might be biased – it is my weekend joint after all – but the food is pretty damn good. I'd even go so far as to say it has one of my favourite cafe menus in Melbourne. Eggs rolls, spicy sausage omelettes and big servings are what you can expect from Jackson Dodd's.
My favourite for the morning after a night out has to be the B.L.A.S.T (which stands for Bacon Lettuce Alfalfa Sprouts and Tomato). It costs $11 and the lemon mayo they put on it is crazy good. Jackson Dodd's lunch menu is also solid and the coffee consistently decent.
Service at Jackson Dodd's is also pretty good. Generally you don't need to wait long for your food, unless they are being slammed by customers. The waiters are also chatty and informal giving the place a familial feel.
Despite its Urban-Spoon rating, Jackson Dodd's is still a local secret and is definitely worth the morning drive to West Preston. For those of us lucky enough to live near Jackson Dodd's it is already a staple of the Northern Suburb's brunch scene.