From the people behind Proud Mary, Stagger Lee’s is named after ‘Stagger Lee’ Shelton who became a figure of folklore after shooting Billy Lyons for stealing his Stetson hat... The café is situated on the corner of Brunswick and Victoria Street. The interior is nothing special and pretty dark towards the back of the café. As I enjoyed Proud Mary so much, I was looking forward to some delicious food...
WHAT’S ON THE MENU?
· Frank ’n’ Beans – saffron baked beans, smoked ham hock, chorizo, soft poached egg, herb and garlic crumb, toast ($19.50)
· Buttermilk Fried Chicken – golden fried chicken, cauliflower rice, jalapeño and lime mayo, kimchi ($18.50)
· Zucchini, Pine Nut and Lemon Ricotta Spaghetti with French peas, gremolata and aged pecorino ($17.00)
· Shrooms 'n' Truffles - Pan roasted local pine mushrooms, truffled polenta, confit egg yolk, pecorino pepato, farmhouse toast ($17.50)
WHAT WE ATE...
I wanted something full of calories so I picked the ‘Stack and Billy Burger – black angus shin patty, bacon, catsup, aioli, American mustard, pickles, cheddar served with bacon croquettes and greens ($16.50)’. I found the burger to be quite boring. The American mustard dominated the other flavours so I could not taste much else. The salad was extremely salty. However, the bacon croquettes were wonderful! Golden and crunchy on the outside and soft and tasty on the inside. Thank goodness they were part of the dish...
|Stack and Billy Burger|
My dining companion opted for ‘The Mexican – soft shell corn tortillas, charred corn, lime and tomatillo salsa, avocado, fried eggs, crème fraiche and herbs ($17.00)’. Unfortunately, this dish was also rather plain. It lacked any wow factor.
WHAT WE DRANK...
Feeling like a shake to go with your meal? Grab a Caramel Pixie or a Crooks ’n’ Cream Gangsta Milkshake ($10.00). There’s also a range of alcoholic beverages available including the ‘Bucket of Blood – peppercorn vodka, red wine, Vegemite syrup, and tomato juice ($13.50)’. I decided to have coffee because of the café’s association with Proud Mary. Stagger Lee’s uses only single origin espresso and filter coffee and an EK 43 grinder which means the best extractions possible. My latte ($3.80) was extremely yummy.
We had to wait a long time for our meals to arrive but the staff were very nice.
Address: 276 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC
Phone: 03 9419 5564
Mon - Fri: 7.00am – 4.00pm
Sat – Sun: 8.00am – 4.00pm