Melbourne’s Mightiest Aussie Feeds

When your belly growls with patriotic pride, True Local is here to help.

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The Crafty Squire


The Crafty Squire (formerly known as The Portland Hotel) is a good place to be in general, but it raises its game to a whole new level when Australia Day rolls around. The ‘Crafty Sizzle’ is one of the barbeque events of the year, and the glorious scents of grilled snags and golden onions will have your mouth watering and your tummy grumbling. Oh, and in true blue Australia Day fashion, they’ll also have Triple J blasting out all day.  Find out more

“A great restaurant with a warm and comfortable atmosphere. Went here with my boyfriend for dinner recently and walked away without hunger satisfied and our thirst quenched. I have Coeliac disease which can be a challenge when eating out but it proved not to be an issue at all at the Portland Hotel. They also cater for vegans which is great!” – jbarnes91

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Trunk Bar and Restaurant


Trunk has blossomed into a true Melbourne institution over the last few years, and it’s a top spot to grab a cool beverage on a beautiful, sun-kissed Australia Day. We’d particularly recommend the Golden Gaytime Milkshake, as it’s basically everything a good milkshake should aspire to be plus a Golden Gaytime all rolled into one. It’s stuffed with ice cream, chocolate, caramel and biscuit, and it certainly doesn’t mess about.  Bring some friends too because it’s hard to have a gay time on your own! Find out more

“We were visiting Melbourne and was told to go to Trunk on Exhibition street. This is an American style café. With no doubt, it was amazing food and service, extremely friendly and very informative for food intolerances (gluten-free friendly, the waitress explained the whole menu) we went back 3 times.” – The healers

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The Green Refectory


Eating a good pavlova is about as Australian as a suntanned koala surfing a Vegemite wave. With a sausage roll in one paw and an AC/DC-blasting stereo in the other. It’s pretty much an Australia Day necessity, and The Green Refectory is the place to get it, thanks to their ever-lovely owner Sandy Green. We’ve heard it called Melbourne’s little gem and it doesn’t really get much better than that, right? Find out more

“Good food at great prices. The cakes & coffee are especially delicious.” – Video0177

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Tommy Ruff Fish Bar


As we all know, Aussie seafood is the envied the world over. Tommy Ruff serves up one of the very best seafood in Melbourne, so make sure you pay his trendy fish bar a visit on or around the 26th. If you’re feeling hungry, try out the epic chef’s platter. Find out more

“Finally, a local with good fish and chips that doesn’t break the bank. It is a very busy place, packed to the rafters and very noisy. You can beat the crowds and get takeaway if you wish. This is serious competition with local fast food places as you can get fish, chips and salad for $10!” – starwoman8


What are your favourite places to grab some proper grub? Do the Australian then and treat them to a True Local review! 

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