The best thing since sliced bread? Humankind's decision to fill those slices with melted cheese, BBQ meats, hash browns, fried eggs and chicken schnittys. Try these epic sandwich spots for a takeaway treat. Make sure venues are in your travel radius before visiting.
The café dedicated to croque monsieur
Tucked away in one of Melbourne's tiniest hidden laneways is where you'll find Croque Melbourne, a French toastie wonderland from the team behind Roule Galette. The classic croque is a cheesy, melty masterpiece cooked to perfection on artisan bread. Savour the house made béchamel sauce and pretend you're in France. Visit again for the salmon and avo grilled cheese, then grab flaky croissants and Danishes to go.
Loaded deli sando
Some of Melbourne's best feeds are found in unlikely places. Just like Nico's, a sandwich-slinging window vendor hidden behind a carpark. Catch them in Healey's Lane for kim-cheese toasties, towering crispy chicken sando and meatball subs piled high with parmesan. During lockdown they'll be serving daily specials.
Crispy pork belly banh mi under $10
Uncover a hidden pork roll gem in Melbourne's tiniest laneway. Heartbaker Bun Mee has six fresh, flavoursome versions, including signature crispy pork belly and and caramelised tofu. There's even a vegan roll for plant-based foodies. All the banh mi clock in at under ten bucks, so it'd be rude not to smash a Vietnamese iced coffee or two while you're there.
Cult-status Korean combos
Tastebud awakening flavour combos await at Dari. Try the 'idol', a sweet multi-layered marvel in four slices of bread. It starts with creamy potato egg salad, followed by a layer of strawberry jam. And on top? Mexican salad with cabbage, apple, egg and ham. Open for takeaway during lockdown – and they're offering 10 per cent off all meals.
Entrecote's ultimate frites baguette
Every lockdown, Entrecote steps up to the plate. And on that plate is a fresh baguette, loaded with Cape Grim beef, crispy french fries and secret herb butter sauce. Dubbed the 'mitraillette', these cope-ahydrates are available for takeaway at their new Le Derriere kiosk or delivery via Uber Eats.
Triple cheese toasties
Ripe Cheese has one of the ooziest cheese toasties in town. Deprive yourself no longer and order their decadent toastie online, delivered contact-free. The OG toastie comes with mozzarella, cheddar, blue cheese and caramelised champagne leeks. Pre-order or swing by for takeaway.
Seven Seeds sando special
Carlton legends Seven Seeds have been offering rotating sandwich specials for their 5km neighbours. This weekend, you can re-order their fan fave katsu sando. That's a towering schnitty, crumbed and fried to perfection, with a mountain of fennel and dill slaw. Served in fluffy shokupan with black garlic mayo, you won't want to miss it. Available for takeaway 9 and 10 October, until sold out.
Italian baguette in Carlton
Within 5km of Carlton? Head to the deli counter at King & Godfree to put in your lunch order for a baguette filled with Italian flavours. Their crusty bread roll is packed with thinly sliced curls of prosciutto. Plus layers of creamy fior di latte, slices of tomato and green leaves of basil. Or feast on hot panini stuffed with porchetta, salsa verde and friarielli (young broccoli).
Japanese katsu and fruit cream sando
Hidden in a North Melbourne warehouse, Le Bajo Milkbar was started by one of the founders of Bali's Potato Head Beach Club. Go for the classic crispy katsu sando for a taste of Tokyo. Or try the trending cream sando, complete with perfectly uniform slices of fresh fruit. They get pretty busy, so we suggest ordering ahead to minimise your wait time.
Vegan dessert jaffles
Go vegan, go to Union Kiosk. This tiny hole-in-the-wall specialises in 100 per cent vegan jaffles. Think spicy pulled ‘beef’ with jalapeños and cheese. Or black bean with salsa and guacamole. But we’re thinking dessert right now, like the jaffle filled with a melted hazelnut Vego bar. This melted toastie is like a dairy-free Nutella dream, organic chocolate dotted with whole nuts. Open for takeaway.
Korean-style brioche sandwich
Korean aesthetics are taking over town, and Palette's got the vibe on lock. Their signature street toast (gigeori-toast) starts with buttery brioche, fluffy omelette and hash brown. Where you take it next is up to you – but candied bacon is a must. Pair with the official drink of Seoul (iced americano) or a pleasingly pastel soda. Click and collect your lockdown pick-me-up via their website.
Japanese retro egg sandwiches
Fuumi Fuumi is a new neighbourhood Japanese bakery near Queen Victoria Market. Choose from a range of sandwiches including tonkatsu, ebi (fried prawns) and seasonal fruit cream. The egg salad sando is our pick, and it ain't your '70s curry powder vibe. Fluffy eggs are folded into homemade shio pan, topped with half a soft boiled egg and a sprinkling of chives.
Perfect porchetta panini
Ordering lunch from Saluministi? Odds are it’ll be their best-selling grilled panini, the porchetta. That’s free-range roasted pork ribboned with artichoke paste, partnered with pecorino and rocket. Served in a stone-baked ciabatta roll, with a side of house-made pickled veg. Perfetto. They're open for takeaway in Flinders Lane and Docklands during lockdown.
Made to order toasties
Spring down to Spring Street Grocer and warm up with a made-to-order treat. Best-sellers include the cheesy loaded Rueben, served on fresh bread and toasted to golden perfection. Dairy-free? Try a toastie made with vegan smoked mozzarella. The melt on this slice is so perfect, you won't believe it's vegan!
Seoul's famous street toast
Korean sando ranks high on our list, and this newcomer is no exception. Bong Seoul Toast (or Sukbong) is a famous chain with more than 200 stores in Korea. Their one and only Australian store just opened in Healeys Lane. Start simple with egg and cheese, or go OTT with added hash browns and beef bulgogi. Everything on the menu is under $11, and the signature bulgogi toastie will only set you back $8.
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