There seems to be an endless list of new cafes always opening up in Melbourne, I do understand because Melbournians love their brunch meals and I’m definitely one of them :) This time Stagger Lee’s a new venture by Proud Mary a long standing favourite cafe of mine and arguably one of the most popular cafes.
Not far from its sister cafe, Stagger Lee is located on the busy Brunswick Street in Fitzroy becoming a new neighbour of Naked By Satan, N2 Gelato, Babka and many more eateries.
Mr Bao and I caught up with the always beautiful Sarah (Sarah Cooks), we organised to meet up at 12pm, I expected a super long wait but it wasn’t too bad if we wanted a table inside it might’ve been a 10 or 15 minute wait. We got a little impatient and thought it was warm enough with our big jackets so we took a table outside.
I could definitely see some similarities of the menu between Stagger Lee’s and Proud Mary, there appears to a few more Asian inspired dishes on the menu here though. Either way, I was hungry and excited to try French Toast! So glad Sarah has a sweet tooth too and we decided to share it after our savoury brunch dish.
We’ve always liked the coffee at Proud Mary, so we knew we wouldn’t be disappointed here. I ordered a Latte using their house blend flavours were quite subtle with fruity notes.
Mr Bao’s usual a magic with I’m pretty sure one of the single origins, however, I’ve completely forgotten the origin (sorry fail blogger!), but he does remember the tasting notes to overall be nutty with notes of grape.
Sarah ordered the Fat Bacon Toasty which had apple wood smoked bacon, gruyere fondu, fried egg served with winter greens and chutney. Great choice because I was eyeing this dish too, I tried a little bite and was really impressed with all the flavours and have mentally noted that I want this next time I come.
If there’s burger on the menu, Mr Bao is more than likely to order it! This time it was the Stack & Billy burger hehe really liked this quirky name. The patty was made from Black angus shin, topped with bacon, American mustard, catsup, aioli picked and cheddar served with bacon croquettes as opposed to chips. I wasn’t a fan of the patty as I found it to be a little gamey for me, however, Mr Bao seemed to enjoy it and liked the fattiness beef flavour. Instead I really enjoyed the bacon croquettes and think more places should replace their chips with these ~
Recently I’ve been really into fried chicken so couldn’t pass the chance of trying their Buttermilk Fried Chicken with cauliflower rice, jalapeño, lime mayo and kimchi. The fried chicken was covered in a light batter and deep fried but wasn’t too greasy, I think it was a tad underseasoned, but the cauliflower rice was actually a highlight for me, crunchy and spicy. I’d love to replicate this at home and it into a salad I can take into work for lunch :)
Who said Coco Pops were only for kids? Now us adults can have Coco Pops as part of this lovely French toast dish :D It sure made me smile and bring back good memories, I remember maybe once a year my mum would let me buy a box of Coco Pops and eat that for breakfast. Going back to the French Toast it consisted of a large piece of brioche bread toasted, covered in salted caramel sauce, vanilla ice-cream and crushed honeycomb and raspberry. This has my name all over it, so I highly recommend you trying!
I really enjoyed our visit at Stagger Lee’s service was wonderful all staff friendly and helpful. Mr Bao seems to enjoy Proud Mary more but I think that’s just because that’s his all time favourite and has that emotional connection. For those who have visited Proud Mary and like their style of coffee and food, I think it’s worth giving Stagger Lee a go, they have their similarities without the crazy long queues, but not sure how long this will last, so get in and try before it gets too busy! Thanks again for catching up Sarah, I had an awesome time and can’t wait to do it again soon!