Alexander has lived in all Australia, spending time in Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland. He loves food and the outdoors.
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So often, it seems, with modern day pub food there is very little middle ground between cheap and nasty ingredients slapped together for $10 with a pot of Carlton and fancy chicken parmigiana plates that push the $30 mark.
If this rings true to you, check out Yellow Bird for generous food at decent prices. Located at 122 Chapel Street (towards the St Kilda end), Yellow Bird is open early to late everyday and decked out with obscurely wacky décor making it hipster approved. Breakfast is all day and includes standard fare and some interesting others, such as Death Benedict, made with the super hot and world famous Jersey Death Sauce.
Again on the lunch/dinner menu there is nothing ground breaking in content but the quality in taste is what makes this establishment worthwhile. Simple meals like steak sandwich, hot dog, chilli burger and fish and chips done well and with the exception of a grilled lambs salad nothing on their regular menu peeks over $16. Chicken parmigiana was on their special menu last time I visited, so it is not a regular item but I was assured by one of my dining friends it was good none the less.
It is of course a bar and a well stocked one for certain tastes. Once again catering to the trendy crowd (to no real detriment in my opinion) with beers including Coopers, White Rabbit and Little Creatures.
Tuesdays is Mexican night, which I am not quite as familiar with but it remains just as cheap and the menu write ups and margarita drinks list suggest that it may be worth further investigation.
So if you're after a reasonably priced night out but don't want to compromise on taste try Yellow Bird for an old favourite, done well, with a Coopers long neck to wash it down.