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3 unusual dining experiences near Brunswick

By Jamil Allouche

Brunswick is home to no end of incredible restaurants, with Lygon Street's Little Italy lined with some of Victoria's best Italian restaurants. However, the variety doesn't end at Italian cuisine – the wider Brunswick area is rich with a range of unique dining experiences for renters and owners of Brunswick real estate alike to enjoy.

1. Savoury donuts

Brand-spanking new to the foodie scene here in Brunswick, savoury barbecue donuts are about to change the way you define pastry. Local eatery B3 BBQ is serving up these quirky contradictions this January alongside their usual menu of smoky, tangy goodness.

Their savoury donuts feature traditional fluffy deep-fried pastry which is then filled with house-made pulled pork or slow-smoked brisket. You can choose which setting of toppings you'd like with your donut from the following:

  • Cheese sauce and bacon bits,
  • Classic macaroni and cheese (plus bacon!),
  • Cubes of slow-smoked brisket with barbecue sauce, a strip of crispy fried bacon and a syringe of cheese sauce, and
  • A stack of onion rings with cheese sauce and a barbecue injection.

Donuts will only be available during January, so make sure to try every option while you still can!

2. Sweet toasties

Let's flip the oxymoron here and turn something usually savoury into a real sweet treat. Barely 15 minutes out of Brunswick, Bad Frankie sits on the edge of Fitzroy and Collingwood and serves up an nigh-on endless selection of cocktails. What makes Bad Frankie stand out from the other watering holes of Melbourne is their food menu, made up entirely of jaffles.

While one should never look past their savoury selection – garlic and thyme mushrooms with feta and mozzarella? Hello! – it's their iconic sweet jaffles that are truly unforgettable.

Bad Frankie's most popular dish is their Lamington jaffle. True to the cake on which it's based, this is a toasted sandwich made with chocolate-soaked sponge in the place of bread and a generous helping of jam in between. It's then rolled in desiccated coconut and served with fresh whipped cream.

3. Vegan Irish pub food

"Vegan" and "Irish pub" are rarely seen next to one another. Typically, when one thinks of Irish pub food, they imagine hearty meat stews of Guinness and mutton or seafood chowders.

Brunswick pub, The Snug, is welcoming all those on a plant-based diet to feel included once again by offering a full vegan menu alongside their traditional Irish offerings. Co-owner and head chef Kerri-Anne McConville serves up her dishes just like her mum made in County Armagh, only with a little less pork and a little more jackfruit.

The Snug's vegan menu includes a vegetable-based Guinness stew, faux-fish and chips, meatless shepherd's pie and much more! If a healthier lifestyle was a New Year's resolution of yours, spend your Friday nights having a vegan affair at The Snug.

Hungry yet? Talk to the team at Ray White Brunswick about finding your next home in the area today.

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