The top places to get your winter comfort food fix

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The top places to get your winter comfort food fix

Winter is here so it seemed liked a fitting time with the colder weather to look at the comfort foods we’re all guilty of eating in bulk throughout June, July and August. Here are some places to go to get your fix.

Mule Coffee Shed

Coffee may be in this cafe’s name, but there’s so much more on offer than just a good latte. The venue is quickly becoming one of the most popular spots in Geelong for its 72 hour slow-cooked baby back ribs, which sellout within hours of posting on Facebook. On top of lovingly-crafted ribs, chicken gets the same treatment, which is cooked for 18 hours using the sous vide warm water bath and with a coating of 12 spices on it. All that makes their chicken some of the most tender, moist, crispy fried chicken you’ll wrap your lips around. Lunches go for a steal of $10 during the week and $15 on weekends with your choice of main, a can of drink and some chips. So there’s plenty to keep you warm this winter at Mule Coffee Shed, and if you’re after the ribs, we recommend you like them on Facebook to be in on the chance to get the sell-out menu item.

Where: 64 Separation St, North Geelong
When: Mon-Fri 7am-3.30pm & Sat 8am-3pm
Ph: 0468 333 421

The Deck

With a new name and an updated look, it’s no surprise to hear along with the changes The Deck has welcomed a new menu. Focusing on bringing quality back to the classics of the parmi, pizza and burger, The Deck has a range of menu items with something to please everyone. Fresh Fish Friday is their newest addition. Getting it in on the same day for those fresh feels, you can get your fish grilled or battered to your liking. What’s even better, is with meals you know you’ll enjoy, there’s a wood-fire set to be operating through the winter to keep your outsides warm as whatever dish you’re dining on warms your insides. With lunch deals during the week for $10 and parmis for $12 on Sundays all day and night, it’s easy on the wallet too.

Where: 2 Gheringhap St, Geelong
When: Mon 11am-7pm; Tues & Weds 11am-10pm; Thurs-Sat 11am-3am; Sun 11am-10pm
Ph: (03) 5229 5504


Gateway Hotel

This July, Gateway are throwing a massive Christmas in July feast for your family and friends to enjoy. Pretend it’s December 25 with all your holiday favourites, turkey, ham, plum pudding and more. Bookings are essential so contact the Gateway Hotel below for more information. Meanwhile over at the Gateway Feast all-you-can-eat-buffet, it’s all about celebration, sharing and having variety for everyone. The buffet includes hot soups and entrees, succulent roasts with all the trimmings, pizza, pasta, traditional favourites, Asian specials and a selection of fresh salads. Throughout the week are meal deal specials, with Mondays and Tuesdays having perhaps one of the best parmi deals: Get a parmi for $9.90 with any drink purchase (during certain hours). All in all, nothing says warm like feasting on a parmi or all-you-can-eat buffet surrounded by loved ones.

Where: 218-230 Princes Highway, Geelong
When: Mon-Sun 8am-4am
Ph: (03) 5275 1091


The Sphinx

A taste of Egypt situated in the heart of Geelong, the family-owned Sphinx is a premier venue for food and entertainment this winter.

With an exterior you can’t miss, The Sphinx Hotel is like nothing else in the region, especially with Pharaohs Bistro. Offering both indoor and outdoor dining, the menu boasts some old favourites, classics and something a bit special for you to treat yourself!

The Sphinx offer an A-La-Carte menu for lunch and dinner seven days a week, as well as daily specials and kids meals. Monday and Tuesday nights sees meals from $10, Steak Night on Wednesday from $16, Schnitzel Night on Thursdays from $14 and their famous Sunday Carvery which gets you a three course meal for lunch and dinner for just $19.50.

The Sphinx Hotel is the perfect place to socialise with friends, enjoy a mouth-watering meal, or catch a live band.

Where: 2 Thompson Rd, North Geelong
When: Mon – Sun 8:30am – 4:30am
Ph: 5278 2911