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Melbourne’s The Grand Trailer Park Taverna is the place to be

Oooh eee! Gawd damn. Move over burger leader board, there’s a new player in town raring for the top spot. My opinion? It’s won it and here’s why.

First and foremost this spot is always packed out during lunch. You need to rock up at 11:30am if you want a seat. To top it off, you’d also want your meal to come to you within a reasonable amount of time.

Having chosen the Atomic burger, I waited in anticipation of what was going to come next. The “premium aussie beef patty, American cheddar cheese, caramelised onions, chilli cheese kransky, streaky bacon, BBQ sauce and truffle cayenne mayonnaise on a lightly toasted brioche bun” had me salivating. I had to distract myself and started people watching.

The Grand Trailer Park Taverna Menu
The Grand Trailer Park Taverna Menu

The American styled interior decoration was excellent including the cut out trailer. The slick metal finish was a focal point and from there you were able to enjoy a wide variety of views bringing different aspects of the interior into your focus. Hell, I’d want to go back and sit at different seats just for the internal viewing angles.

The Grand Trailer Park Taverna Cocktails and Drinks Menu
The Grand Trailer Park Taverna Cocktails and Drinks Menu

The lunch time rush came through. Rush? I dropped a letter. Crush. The lunch time crush. My gawd was it unbelievable. The floor manager was doing his utmost to keep up and I was amazed at his skill. And you could hear the people yelling back to their tables as they stood in line to get their order. It’s almost like you had to plan what you were going to have before you rocked up otherwise you were in for a whole world of strife. The seats had filled out in close to 15 minutes. So by 12:15, it was close to standing room only and I don’t know if they did standing room.

I was intrigued. What could cause such a crush? Such madness? After all, isn’t it just food?

The delivered Atomic
The delivered Atomic

The Atomic arrived. And instantly the mayonnaise and BBQ smell hit me. It had begun, the salivating. I knew I had to get this in me. But I was composed and had to focus. I needed to get the pictures done before it would be over.

The Atomic
The Atomic

And then the first bite. My initial thought? “Just food?” How very dare you! How dare you think it’s just food. For the first time in my fast food life have I ever had the, this is an experience worth savouring. I stopped talking to my lunch companion (sorry JW) and consumed what I knew was the best burger I have ever eaten from a fast food restaurant. Ever. I savoured every bite. The flavours kept changing as I kept eating deeper into this gastronomical slice of heaven. I didn’t slow down to take breaths after I had finished chewing. I wanted it all. I wanted more. I couldn’t get enough.

The Atomic in Focus
The Atomic in Focus

And then I heard the familiar crunch. I had reached the end of this adventure. And for the first time after eating was I actually sad that it was over. Not just a normal sad but a deep sad that isn’t easy to shake. I asked JW if he wanted to eat another one and he said yes he could but looked behind him wistfully. The queue to order was nearly reaching our seats and it had already snaked it’s way through the restaurant. I knew there wasn’t any more today. I hung my head low and sighed. “That’ll do for today. That’ll do.”

And there you have it folks. Lunch that tantalised your taste buds but left you wanting more. Whilst it was expensive for a burger, as JW said, “When you’re here, monetary limits go out the window” or something to that effect.

Yes I was satisfied but the taste just made me want more. Congratulations team, a well deserved TDT 5.0/5.0

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Oh Behave Outback Jacks (Knox City)

Having walked past this store plenty of times, it was only fitting that I cave and taste the dleights of all the wonderful aromas emanating from the store.
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Food for thought: How Scarvelli is doing it differently

Nestled in the beautiful suburbs of Balwyn just minutes outside of the city, you could easily overlook one of the most interesting caf├ęs in Melbourne. Having opened in September 2013, Scarvelli has been serving delicious food to a very health conscious clientele.
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Melbourne: Bluetrain

What started off at the Arbory ended up being way too overcrowded for a catchup and thus the Bluetrain became the next best choice.
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Daylesford: Sweet Decadence

Set in the heart of the main street in Daylesford, this quaint little restaurant has more chocolates than you can dare poke a stick at. However, if you are not after a chocolate fix and trust me, the sheer sight, smell and choice will blow you away…. then the menu is something you can really get behind.

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Melbourne Open House: Victoria Police Mounted Branch

The Victoria Police Mounted Branch will have it’s last year in this beautiful location.

Open House Melbourne: Victoria Police Mounted Branch
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Melbourne: The Royal Melbourne Show

The Royal Melbourne show is one of those enduring items that have been running in Victoria since 1868.

First and foremost, you must be aware that this is going to be an expensive trip no matter which way you look at it. To be honest, I’d say take out all the money you want in cash and leave the card at home. Or alternatively, keep a a card with a few 100 just in case. A lesson I’ve definitely learned for next time. At the same time, have fun. Yes it’s expensive, and once you’ve done it, probably not feel like doing it again anytime soon and I don’t blame you. Hell, I don’t want to see my credit cars statement… but I digress. What’s the price that you put on an experience?
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Melbourne: Colonial Tram Car Restaurant

There is nothing more spectacular than being able to relive history. There is a certain joy in making sure a part of the bygone era still lives. Repurposing it to add value and allure to a whole new generation ensures that some of the most remarkable things in history withstand the test of time. Throw in food options and you definitely have a winning option!
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Melbourne Open House: The Channel

The Channel was an interesting surprise on the way to the Arts Centre building.
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Melbourne Open House: AGL Building

The Melbourne AGL building opened in 2015 and is right above the Southern Cross Station. What I found to be quite fascinating is that the rumblings and toots from the trains did not pierce the entire building.

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