PitStop Cafe, 300-330 Millers Road, Altona North. Phone: 9391 1775
Bennie and I wait about 10 minutes for a burgers and chips.
Here’s the thing – this wait is undoubtedly a Good Thing.
PitStop Cafe is situated in anew industrial-strength shopping precinct – nearby and adjacent are an Aldi, a Bunnings, Officeworks and a JB Hi-Fi.
It’s the kind of place, in other words, you’d expect wait time for a burger to be counted in seconds rather than minutes because said burgers would be lined up, wrapped and with lettuce wilting, in a bain marie.
That this not the case at PitStop – that our food is prepared from scratch with skill and devotion – is born out by the look and taste of our meals.
The chicken schnitzel burger ($9.50) is beaut.
The chook is crisp on the outer, moist and tasty on the inner.
The coleslaw does the job and the bun is fresh.
The cheese seems a little unnecessary.
The basic beef burger ($8.50) with bacon ($1.50) looks an absolute treat.
All is fresh and good.
But here’s another thing – the produce and presentation really does deserve better than the meat that comes with it.
It’s not bad, exactly, but it does have that sausage meat look, texture and flavour that is part of the deal in a typical fast-food Aussie-style burger – the kinds of things, in fact, that are seen regularly lined up in bain maries.
We share the burgers to great delight and get a small $3.50 serve of beer-battered chips with each.
The chips are so plentiful that a single serve would’ve easily sufficed.
They’re hot and fine – though I reckon they’re over-seasoned with chicken salt.
After our meal, I get talking to boss lady Allison who knows exactly where I’m at in terms of the beef burger meat.
Her business is new, growing and evolving and she’s keen on going for a sort-of two-tier approach,
For the Monday-to-Friday tradie business, such meat is what is expected and demanded.
And for that trade, and Allison, $10 seems to be some sort of uncrossable barrier.
At weekends, though, she is keen to up the vibe with ingredients of greater quality.
She reckons she can pull of the feat of catering to both the tradies and the foodies.
I reckon she’s right – and the good-looking, eggy breakfast dishes we see around us seem to confirm.
Allison is keen on sourcing goodies from westie sources and to that end is proud to offer Sunshine dimmies and Ka Pies, those ones we love and which have become a regular part of our home dinner routine.
We wish her well and will hopefully check back soon.
There’s no reason PitStop can not rise above the sort of greasy spoon industrial precinct places that abound around my Keilor/Tullamartine office location and become a foodie destination in its own right.