A recipe for happiness: take one boring sandwich, slather it in butter, stick it in a press, and enjoy the result of gooey, melting, crunchy-edged deliciousness. Here are 10 places to get your toastie fix in Melbourne.
Toasta & Co
It had to happen. The mac’n’cheese toastie is a thing, and rightfully so at this West Melbourne toastie temple. If the carb-on-carb action of the Mack is too much, maybe you’ll fall for the Mexican charms of the Miguel, with cheesy spiced beans and coriander (jalapeños and corn chips are optional extras).
181 Adderley Street, West Melbourne; (03) 9995 0308
The food ethos is kept simple at this Fitzroy bar-slash-homage to Seinfeld’s George Costanza. A toastie-obsessed menu sticks to the theme, with cheap-as-chips sandwiches running the gamut from the Art Vandelay (double cheese) to the Quitter (basil pesto, tomato and mozzarella) and the Dealership (oh-so-sweet with Twix, maple butter and pretzels).
120 Johnston Street, Fitzroy; (03) 9416 4385
The toastie certainly gets its ooh-la-la on in the hands of our Gallic friends at Entrecote. Hit this steak-frites pleasure palace at breakfast and fuel up on a classic croque-monsieur made with ham, three types of cheese, and enough mustard béchamel to make your arteries scream for mercy.
6 Alfred Place, Melbourne; (03) 9654 8184
131-133 Domain Road, South Yarra; (03) 9804 5468
Sometimes nothing hits the spot quite like a Reuben sandwich. Channel downtown Brooklyn via Carlton North at this cute spot with their killer open-grilled corned beef, Swiss cheese, dill mayo and sauerkraut on rye. Mazel tov.
717 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North; (03) 9348 1276
Cheese & Bread
Don’t want to get out of your PJs for your toastie fix? This Preston toastie bar in a shipping container has a drive-through option. In other goods news, the short, sharp menu of six toasties is worth starting your engine, including the Batman & Robin (Wagyu patty, crisp beef strip and house cheese).
The Food Truck Park, 518 High Street, Preston
Tuck Shop Takeaway
Live out your memories of the old schoolyard with this retro-tastic Caulfield North spot’s extra-cheesy Smoked Baked Bean jaffle with double cheddar (and chase it with a creamed soda).
273 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield North; 0431 406 580
They like a joke with their jaffle at CBD social enterprise café Kinfolk, as befits a place that spawned the luxe cheesy Justin Brie-Ber toastie. Roll up for the Wasabi Mousetrap: glazed ham and salami, cheddar, rocket, sauerkraut and wasabi mayonnaise.
673 Bourke Street, Melbourne; 0412 711 381
Two words: Lamington jaffle. Consider it the Rosetta Stone of this Fitzroy bar where the jaffle rules supreme. As well as that chocolate-soaked sponge, jam, coconut and cream jaffle that riffs on the dessert beloved by Aussie grandmothers, they also do a mean Bangers & Mash jaffle.
141 Greeves Street, Fitzroy; (03) 9078 3866
Smith & Deli
Many people who stumble unwittingly into this frenetically busy New York-by-way-of-Fitzroy deli are unaware it’s all vegan. And why would they be, when the menu boasts a grilled cheese with ham and truffle oil? No animals were harmed in the making of these toasties… and the results might even convert you to the cause.
111 Moor Street, Fitzroy; (03) 9939 3293
Maker & Monger
Prahran Market cheese specialist Anthony Femia set up a grilled cheese stall as a side business, and the gods were pleased. Look out for the quaint restored cart in the food hall of one of Melbourne’s busiest markets for toasties of exquisite cheesy simplicity.
Stall 25, Harvest Hall, Prahran Market, 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra; 0413 900 490
Top image: Bad Frankie