Let's face it, winter in old Melbourne town is cold; freezing in fact. And to fight the extreme chill, (seeping right through your clothes and down to your bones) you need something to keep you nice and warm. Let that something be a lip smacking, butter smeared on the outside, cheese that oozes out, toasted sandwich (or jaffle) jam-packed with indulgent fillings, and you'll be ready to kick winter's butt in one delicious bite! We've traipsed across town to bring you a guide to Melbourne's best toasties and jaffles, so all you have to do is go forth and sink your teeth into them! We'll toast to that.
Oscar Cooper | Prahran
Using top quality cheese as their weapon of choice, this popular Greville Street cafe is dishing up jaffles like you've never seen before. Whether it's re-inventing the ham and cheese toastie with gourmet provolone cheese and tomato, or shutting the jaffle maker on the corned beef with onion jam, seeded mustard and Swiss cheese (do it, do it, do it), it's all about mixing it up with inventive toasted sandwich ingredients and condiments to really drive the flavour home. Home to arguably Melbourne's best toasties, Oscar Cooper features at least five jaffles to choose from every day, all with generous fillings that are guaranteed to excite. If you're lucky you might even snap up a brekkie jaffle with scrambled eggs and special house-made bacon relish, but you gotta be quick 'cause these bad boys sell out quick smart!
Earl Canteen | Melbourne CBD
Earl Canteen tackles the toastie a little differently with their range of Fancy Earls. For this gourmet sandwich joint, it's more about warming the bread so it's mildly toasted, rather than completely pressing the sandwich so it's flat – and take it from us, it works! If you're a first timer. you really need to order the smashed meatballs in tomato sugo with melted Jarlsberg cheese and the AMAZING zucchini pickle and basil! The pickle all on its own is worth coming for, but alongside the meat, you've pretty much got yourself an American burger-style toastie. Earl Canteen use Noisette Turkish rolls for all their Fancy Earls and can just about adapt most things to be gluten free – all you have to do is ask! Pop in after work and enjoy your Earl toastie with an imported beer, or upgrade to add potatoes and a cookie – the perfect combo.
Dr Morse | Abbotsford
Having opened its doors (and its coffee window) just six weeks ago, Dr Morse is the newest kid on the block in Abbotsford's cafe/bar circuit. Priding itself on serving up some of Melbourne's best jaffles to the hungry masses, Dr Morse focuses on making its selection of tasty jaffles somewhat reflective of last night's dinner. Order the rich bolognaise sauce with provolone cheese for a real flavour hit, or pick the slightly spicy baked bean and charred corn for something a little different. The jaffle menu gets changed up every six weeks so there's always something new for you to try. Dr Morse is open seven days a week so you can get your jaffle fix pretty much whenever the craving hits.
Dead Man Espresso | South Melbourne
A best toastie line-up just wouldn't be complete without slipping in a Reuben sandwich, and Dead Man Espresso in South Melbourne do an absolute killer version – see what we did there?! With layers and layers of pastrami intertwined with house made sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and dill pickle, this monstrous sky-high sandwich definitely needs to be sampled to be believed. There's also a whole stack of other yummy inventions to try, like the panko-crumbed chicken with pickled apple fennel slaw and lime mayo and the ham hock with cheddar (sigh). Yep, Just do yourself a favour and get yourself there. Stat.
F.T Tuckshop | South Melbourne
Tucked away just off Coventry Street in South Melbourne, you'll find a little hole-in-the-wall cafe offering an ever-changing selection of tuckshop-style lunches and yummy snacks. Cue the menu for a range of specialty jaffles like the cheeseburger or parmigiana – yep, you read right, they're pretty much everything they're meant to be, just sandwiched between buttered bread. And they're delish. F.T Tuckshop have also just added the Ultimate Brekkie Jaffle to the menu featuring egg, bacon, chorizo, mushrooms and baked beans. Or for something a little simpler, you can't go past the classic chicken and cheese toastie. F.T's range of jaffles start from just $5 so you can afford to grab a couple if you're super hungry. We recommend calling ahead, because this place is pop-U-lar.
Café Vue | Melbourne CBD
These guys have been around for a while and have themselves a pretty awesome rep already, so it's not surprising they've made the cut for one of the best toasties in Melbourne. Visit for the chicken, lettuce and mayo sandwich, ask for it to be toasted and voila – you'll taste toastie simplicity at its best! At Café Vue, the bread is just as important as the filling and you'll find it's cut thicker than your average sandwich size, but for good reason. Bite into your buttery, nicely toasted bread to discover a flavourful filling of chicken and mayo. The blend of the two is so good that you won't even notice there's no cheese! And that in itself is pretty impressive don't you think?
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