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The Rusty Owl

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published January 31st 2020
Owl is not on the menu, but they are watching
Love the name. A wise choice, you may say.

rusty owl sign
That's the name.

Once inside this small cafe, you cannot forget where you are. The owl theme is everywhere. From ceramic owls on your table to many shelves displaying owls.

cafe interior
Interior view.

Owner Lisa said they had been open for about four years. She must be doing something right as while we were enjoying our meal, many of the other customers appeared to be regulars, which is a good recommendation.

Owl wall hanging.
A owl wall hanging.

Our visit was for brunch. I was pleased to see they offer an all-day breakfast, one of my favourite meals. I was doubly pleased when they allowed me to customise my order. Not liking eggs and baked beans, they subsided larger portions of the other items. How good is that?

huge breakfast.
My big (huge) custom breakfast

My dining partner had her usual scrambled eggs on sourdough toast and bacon. The plate emptied, so she must have liked them.

scrambled eggs
Eggs and bacon, scrambled of course.

Both meals were of generous portions and were eagerly consumed.

toy owls
Count the owls.


rusty owl
There were some rusty owls there.

Barista Bree perfectly made my two cappuccinos.

barista
Barista Bree at work.

At one stage, I heard a baby 'owling, but a dummy soon pacified the little one.

cafe interior
Note owl on 'fridge door. They are everywhere.

For a delicious meal or a barista made coffee, the Rusty Owl is a wise choice.
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Why? It's worth it.
When: Mon-Wed. 8-00 am - 3.00 pm. Thurs & Fri. 8.0 am - 4.00 pm. Sat. 9.00 am -2.00 pm.
Where: 12 Brice Street, Mooroolbark. Melways map: 37. F.12.
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