Forte Eats: Spotlight on regional food part. 2

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Forte Eats: Spotlight on regional food part. 2

[Main Image] Burko’s Cafe
If the lime green exterior for Burko’s cafe wasn’t enough to lure you in then the mention of their delicious food will. This relaxed and friendly cafe loves to see the likes of diverse customers, from couples to tradies, Cats players, coffee geeks, foodies and more! If you’re up for a heart breaky, then the egg and bacon roll with Burko’s speciality chutney is a must, or the smashed banana on sourdough might be the one, with toasted almonds and tahini yoghurt to top it off. If you’re a health fan, then the Quinoa Granola, served with honey labneh and poached quince is right up your alley. If its lunch you’re after, standouts are the beef brisket and asian coleslaw sandwich, the lamb shank stew served with pearl couscous or even one of their daily soups!With Allpress coffee beans, and a house blend with single origin that changes every fortnight (currently Uganda, Africa) it’s the perfect place for coffee connoisseurs to trial out new coffees all from their local! A hot chocolate is always a good winter warmer and Burko’s have nailed it with 72% single origin, organically grown chocolate from Ecuador!With food that is hot, homemade, hearty and healthy it’s going to make you feel good during these winter months.
Where: 11 West Fyans St Newtown, VIC
Phone: 0450 526 815
Website: facebook/burkoscafe

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Whilst Mexican Graffiti might be situated in the heart of Geelong city, one bite of their food and you’ll be convinced you’re in the heart of Mexico. Established in 1982, this delicioso restaurant have perfected their menu so much you’ll be sure that you’ve travelled across the world without the airfare. If you’re new to Mexican, they offer meals at an entry level and have a load of Californian-style choices to coincide with their full range of classic Mexican flavours! A must is their Taco Tuesdays, but if you want to play it safe for now you can get a range of other meals like a classic parma or steak all whilst sippin on a fresh Margarita. Shaken not stirred.
Mexican Graffiti is located at 43 Yarra St, Geelong VIC 3220.
Phone: (03) 5222 2036

Pistol Pete’s
13521864_1733168440286179_3172241359899504962_nPistol Pete’s Food N Blues is the only place in Geelong where you can taste, smell, hear and feel like you’re somewhere in the south of The USA without the cost of actually going there yourself. Having travelled through some of the South of the USA, owner Pete Raimondo was inspired to recreate part of what he experienced through his travels. The menu features pulled pork burgers, po boys, gumbo, fried chicken, as well as sides of Cajun fries, BBQ baked beans, coleslaw and much more. The crowd favourite is often the chicken & waffles, which we don’t think we’ve seen anywhere else in the region. The venue is now open on Sundays, so you can get your blues and Southern inspired fix almost every day of the week, with live music held four days of the week. It truly is a unique venue in Geelong both for its focus on traditional Southern & Louisiana cuisine and the music to go alongside it, Pistol Pete’s is the whole experience.

Where: 93A Little Malop Street, Geelong
When: Tue-wed 12-9pm; Thu 12-11.30pm; Fri-Sat 12pm-12.30am; Sun 12-9pm
Ph: 03 5221 0287

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The Barwon Club has long been a go to destination for the traditional pub experience in Geelong, since it was first opened in the early ’90s. While the venue keeps the beer flowing and the good quality vibes, their extensive menu is often overlooked.
Much of the venues success can be pinned on owner Greg Dodds, who has been around since the early days ensuring patrons glasses are kept full and all plates are licked clean. Head chef Adrian Tozer also plays a key role in this, and has been serving up top quality pub meals for the past 12 months.
The BC prides itself on its menus affordability, and one that doesn’t skimp on quality. Each day locals can grab a lunch from the $12 menu or come dinner time can get a Parmi on Sunday or Monday night for $12 or one of the varying specials options of fish of the day, curries or braised beef cheek.
Aside from the regular deals, the menu has many outstanding meal options. For only $15 you can grab the BC burger, which is loaded with beef, bacon, egg, tomato, beetroot, lettuce and relish, then served with golden fries. Though head chef Adrian recommends the American pork spare ribs, which basted in house made smokey BBQ sauce, makes it one of the more flavour packed options on the menu.
After around 20 years, the iconic Geelong venue still manages to serve up fresh cheap food, while keeping the bands pumping the tunes on stage at regular gigs and the beer flowing from the taps. On a Saturday night the vibe is unlike any other, and one you have to experience for yourself.
509 Moorabool St, South Geelong
5221 4584