Stix is pretty up front about its mission: it takes delicious things and puts them on sticks. The rest is kind of up to you.
It’s a pop-up dessert bar that’s taken up residence on Sydney Rd in Coburg (further proof that Sydney Rd doesn’t suddenly disappear as soon as you leave Brunswick). The business is the brainchild of twenty-something Lisa Dib and her partner.
Stix isn’t a food truck, and it’s not a shop. It’s not really a market stall either. You kind of have to be there to understand—watch Lisa slinging stick-loaded treats to hungry customers in the sunshine, mixing Nutella shakes and generally having a blast. There’s a real community atmosphere around the pop-up, which is probably why it’s taken off over the last few months.
The cheesecakes on sticks probably help too.
Yep, these are Stix’s specialty. Frozen handmade cheesecake slices, skewered on a stick and drizzled in addictive toppings. There’s the Golden Gaytime, loaded with biscuit pieces and drenched in caramel sauce. Or you could try the Mango and Coconut, dipped in coulis and flaked with white snow. Pro tip? Try the Caramel Biscotti stick, more famously known as the ‘Lotus Speculoos’. Out. Of. This. World.
Stix doesn’t tap out at cheesecakes though. They also do dipped waffles (again, on sticks), and our personal favourite: grilled sweet corn cobs, dusted in effing Dorito crumbs. These things are too delicious to stay secret for long. We defy Mamasita itself to produce a better corn cob.
And the good news keeps coming, guys. We just heard that Stix will be slinging their cheesecakes on sticks at all Royal Stacks burger bars from February 2017. You'll be able to choose from Oreo-Nutella, Golden Gaytime, Hazelnut Crunch and Caramel Biscotti. Might be time to get more elasticated pants...
Image credit: Annika Kafcaloudis