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Published March 25th 2020
"A new cafe punching above its weight"
Does the name of this cafe sound quirky to you too? It was enough to grab my attention and make me want to check it out anyway.... After all, how could a cafe that's called Two Boys One Beagle and a Coffee Shop, located in Funky Town possibly be boring!
I found this unashamedly 'pink' cafe tucked away on a tree-lined residential street in Frankston, behind a somewhat unremarkable shop front, amongst half a dozen other shops. Although having lived on the Peninsula since I was born, I never knew this small shopping strip existed until I began some research after reading copious rave reviews about a "quirky little coffee shop in Frankston" called Two Boys one Beagle & a Coffee Shop.
Inside Two Boys is very PINK! Everything from the cute high chairs to the custom La Marzocco coffee machine.... But somehow it seems to work, in a kitsch sort of way. It cements Two Boys own quirky personality and gives off a warm, friendly vibe.
The staff here were charming. They conversed with us like we were all old friends, yet gave us our space to enjoy our lunch together.
As you can see from the menu below, there's plenty of variety on offer, though my friend suggested that a few more fructose and gluten-free options on the menu would be an added bonus.
I opted for Dr Marty's Crumpets with housemade jam for $12. They were delicious! The best crumpets I've tasted. So much so that I later googled Dr Marty's Crumpets and found out that they are homemade from organic flour and sold through farmers markets.
My friend ordered poached eggs & avo on gluten-free toast for $17. The presentation of the dish was lovely, vibrant, and fresh. She praised the eggs for being well cooked and overall really enjoyed her meal.
The English breakfast tea we both ordered was a lovely tasting loose leaf tea but had been left in the teapot too long, making it fairly strong. We both agreed on the taste and the strength, but there's no doubt that it was a generous pot of tea. Enough for 3 cups each!
If you have children, then you can expect to be well catered for here. There is a kids menu, high chairs, colouring activity sheets, a few toys, a lovely rear courtyard with a bocce set to play with, and warm, welcoming staff.
I have to admit that my curiosity got the better of me and I just HAD to ask... "Why is it called Two Boys One Beagle and a Coffee Shop?"
The lady I had been talking to turned out to be the owner. She said her partner (chef and co-owner, who met in the industry 15 years ago) came up with the name after their two sons and a beagle (Penelope) started the coffee shop in 2018.
Much praise has been given to this family-friendly cafe. The Herald Sun reported - ''A new cafe is punching above its weight with a combination of cheffy smarts and home-style charm. Just make sure you order the pork belly." Along with - "This humble Funky Town cafe with the knockout food shows you can't always judge a book by its cover."
Facebook reviews are overwhelmingly positive with a score of 4.8 out of 5 from 102 reviewers.
Tripadvisor gives a score of 4.5 out of 5, and Google reviews 4.6 out of 5 based on 150 reviews.
Overall, I think it ticks boxes for great food, Commonfolk coffee, family friendliness and a quiet location with easy parking. Check it out next time you're in the area and tell us what you think below...