The last time we visited the interesting little village of Yarragon (refer previous article on "Yarragon Village"), we took a look at some of the historical, some of the quirky, and some of the cute places of interest. For our return visit, I thought we might check out some of the eateries and their fares, because, as we all know, both browsing and buying can work up a great appetite and quite a thirst.
Let's start with The Yarragon Milk Bar as it's the home of the unique "House Brick".- Gippsland's real burger. It is almost as big as a brick and packed with everything that a burger connoisseur could possibly want. Perhaps you'd prefer a Manvlaki- the man sized souvlaki or a huge Texas Burger. Even the popular fish & chips serving is larger than average and you can find fresh sandwiches and rolls if that's what takes your fancy.
The drinks menu covers, juices, milkshakes, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and soft drinks. Catering for everybody, this store also carries newspapers, magazines, bread, milk, confectionery and general grocery supplies
Moving on to the Country Style Bakery, you can sample their 30 years of country charm and service along with their specialty, their potato bread. Their range of fruit loaves is also a bit of a treat and another firm favourite with regulars and visitors alike, is the large range of different specialty hot pies and pasties. Just the things for some warmth on a cold winter's day. Not to be overlooked, the sweet tooth is well catered for with an extensive range of homestyle cakes, pastries and biscuits. For those who prefer the simpler tastes, there is also a good range of focacias and rolls available.
Abutting the Bakery is the Gippsland Tea Rooms and Take-a-Way. Billed as Gippsland's finest food supplier, it offers a gourmet cheese deli, an ice cream parlour, fine wines and hot baked potatoes. It also offers the "Flavour of Gippsland", a range of sauces, relishes, honey mustard and biscuits.
The Yarragon Cafe offers yet more choice of fresh foods for either take-a-way or dining in. There's a Back Garden eatery for lunching in the warmer months and here, doggies are welcome. You can choose from steaks with chips and salad, wedges with sour cream, gourmet beef pies, meatloaf, lasagne and various other savoury items and then finish off with freshly baked scones, cream and jam and a coffee. The choices are many and varied.
Now all this eating may have left you with a bit of a thirst. Wander up to the traffic lights (Morwell end) to the Ale House and choose one of their 101 ales and beers. You can choose from organic, gluten-free, boutique, imported and just plain local brews. You'll also discover a large range of home brewing supplies and remember to keep an eye out for the monthly "specials".
To sample all, one would need several weeks off work and many shopping trolleys. It's a fascinating place to visit even if you're not into the taste of brewed liquor.
So, having satisfied both your thirst and your hunger, rest up because our final meander through the maze of challenging stores to visit at Yarragon, will focus on the boutiques, art galleries and other unusual places likely to interest the day tripper in you.
Keep your eye out for " Window Shopping in Yarragon"- the final instalment.