Mighty thanks to our many visitors, eating companions, leavers of comments and providers of tips!
Remember, it’s only a list.
If I did it on another day, it’d likely be different.
And there’s lots of other places and people we like.
We love the vibe at Cup & Bean in Kingsville – welcoming and cool without trying too hard.
We love, too, the simple, nifty $5 ham, cheese and pickle sandwiches Tim knocks us up for cheap lunches.
And every cup of coffee is perfection.
2. TOP NEWS STORY
The opening of super ritzy grocery A.Bongiovanni & Son in Seddon really had tongues wagging.
We’re happy to report we’ve become regular customers.
And not just for specialty items, either. More than often than not we’re in there for regular fresh produce and groceries.
The arrival in the west of a food truck, White Guy Cooks Thai, was hot news, as well.
3. SURROUNDED BY INDIANS
Is there any doubt the western suburbs – especially the inner west – have become Indian Central for Melbourne?
Especially at affordable prices?
We have no particular favourite – we do, however, have particular favourites at specific restaurants.
Rockfish at Edgewater is proving a grand regular for us when we’re in the mood for burgers and/or fish and chips – old-school, good service, table seating both indoors and out, tasty food.
We dig Dappa Snappa Fish Cafe in Williamstown, too!
5. A TOAST TO THE ROASTS
The old-fashioned charms of a roast meal really kicked in for us in 2012.
6. BEST NON-WESTERN SUBURBS JOINT
Abbout Falafel House in Sydney Rd, Coburg, serves thoroughly wonderful, delicious, fresh and cheap Lebanese food.
Some days we’re pretty sure it’s the best restaurant in Melbourne.
And there’s times, too, we’re convinced it’s the best eats emporium in the known universe …
7. BEST FRANCHISE FAST FOOD
We’ve been back Guzman Y Gomez Mexican Taqueria at Highpoint several times and always enjoy it.
The food may not match it in terms of presentation and zing of your more high-falutin’ Mexican places, but it’s cheap and we like it.
8. MOST “OUT THERE” ADVENTURE
Some musing on the nature of “crab sticks” saw me visiting Austrimi Seafoods in North Geelong for a tour of their surimi factory.
I’ve watched with bemusement as the original post has become a regular, daily Google go-to story for searches such as “is there tripe in seafood extender” and “what are crab sticks made of”.
9. FAVOURITE RESTAURANT
It’s a tie!
We only made it to Safari in Ascot Vale once this year, but we continue to hold the establishment, its fabulous Somalian food and the welcome in the very highest of regards.
Ace Japanese place Ajitoya in Seddon has become a regular for refined comfort food – even if that is a contradictory term.
10. BEST SANDWICH
We adore La Morenita in Sunshine every which way, even if Bennie has gone off having cold empanadas in his school lunches.
All the sandwiches are good, but we especially love the chacarero of steak, cheese, tomato, mayo, greens beans and hot green chilli.
The beans squeak!
11. TOP MEAL
Such a simple, earthy pleasure – chicken curry with a fresh baguette roll at Xuan Xinh, a rather anonymous St Albans cafe.