Corio Bay Roadhouse, 383 Melbourne Rd, Corio, Geelong. Phone: 5275 120
The Corio Bay Roadhouse has the look to go with the name.
There are frequently trucks parked outside.
My waitress has a big, wide smile and tattoos on her fingers.
A month or so before my visit, the place had been burgled then torched by the same culprits, but happily this local landmark is up and running again.
Despite having driven past it twice on each working day of the past couple of years, I’ve taken my time about checking this place out.
Maybe that was to do with some of scant online information I was able to find referring to burgers stacked up like soldiers in a bain marie.
Yes, they’re here but there’s plenty of scope for fresh-cooked food, too.
Of course, this being a temple and monument to good nutrition and healthy eating, there’s a lot of frying going on.
Sarcasm aside, this place does good diner-style grub.
If I lived around here, this is where I’d come instead of hitting any of the various franchises that dot this same strip of highway.
My open burger with chip is an immense amount of food for $12.
The chips are good and the bacon really fine and crispy.
The egg is gooey and runny, but I doubt it’s free range.
Given the food genre, I’d happily do without the vegetable quotient and pay even less.
The burger itself is just OK – along the same lines as those served up by the Embassy Taxi Cafe.
If you want to go without unmeaty trimmings, then the $15 mixed grill could be for you.
Even the magazine rack keeps the ambiance going.
I figure it’s probably a good thing this place is not open when I’m driving past on my way home after a night shift.