Here at The Urban List, we’re all about keeping you fine Melbourne folk up to date with the absolute best of the best things to do, see, eat and buy – of which there is no shortage in this fine city! And there’s nothing we get more satisfaction from than discovering an epic hidden spot that you might not have known about… And then telling you all about it, obviously.
Enter: Dear Liza!
Tucked away on the corner on Alma and Brighton Road in St Kilda East (you can’t miss the big white sign if you’re driving past), Dear Liza is an unsuspecting gem that should be on the top of every Melburnian's summer restaurant hitlist.
Dear Liza’s menu is speckled with mouthwatering dishes, centered around sharing-style buckets of ribs, seafood, healthy salads, burgers, and with a perfectly matched booze and cocktail list to wash it all down with.
So, are your taste-buds sufficiently tantalized? Well, let us seal the deal for you and go into a little more detail…
If you’re a carnivore like us, you simply can’t go past the buckets of ribs. Chargrilled smoky beef and pork ribs are on offer by the half or full kilo, and the crispy fried chicken ribs are serious contenders for the best damn fried chicken in Melbourne. Order some corn on the cob (WITH BACON SALT!), sweet potato chips and house slaw to the table, so you can tick off your daily serve of ‘veggies'.
And for the pescatarians who love nothing more about summer than all the delicious fresh seafood to be consumed, Dear Liza has buckets of peri-peri prawns, chili and garlic Morton bay bugs, mussels, popcorn salt and pepper calamari, and beer battered fish bites. And if that wasn’t enough to get the drool flowing, Dear Liza freshly shucks $2 oysters every Wednesday night!
Dear Liza also dishes up a daily rotating burger special, including monsters like the ‘Deep South Burger’ – ½ pound beef patty, southern fried chicken, bacon, American cheese, BBQ sauce AND a Mac'n'Cheese croquette, all wedged between a deliciously soft brioche bun. #cleaneating, yeah right...
If you’re actually after something healthy, Dear Liza has loads of different super delicious salads to pick from, with the option to build your own if you’re feeling adventurous. And because you got a salad for dinner, obviously you’re allowed to order the barbequed banana with salted chocolate caramel sauce and toasted macadamias for dessert, ammirite?
So, if you’ve been searching for the perfect spot to eat and drink away your summer evenings, consider your search complete and make the trip to Dear Liza ASAP.
Image credit: Neiyo Sun for The Urban List