What do you get when you take a derelict block of prime real estate in Footscray, add some shipping containers and a caravan, jazz up the walls with street art and enlist the help of burger institution to fuel hungry drinkers?
Say hello to Lickety Split!
This bright outdoor space is so cool that it almost feels like it should be the sole domain of millennials.
But guess what? They have toys! There’s room for prams! The staff are super friendly towards kids. Note that the toilet block is small (definitely can’t fit a pram in) but for what is effectively a set of fancy portaloos they are very clean.
Lickety Split is actually eventually going to be a multi-use venue and it’s run by the operators of the adjoining Back Alley Sally’s bar. As well as the cafe and beer garden the plan is to include a shared workspace, a communal hub for artists and small business, a tattoo artist, salon or barbershop and even a bocce court!
For the moment the outdoor beer garden is the place to hang out when the sun’s out. Luckily there are shade umbrellas too and there’s high tables, communal tables, benches or even Astroturf to plant yourself.
Drinks and food are ordered at the shipping container and your burgers (or hot dog) with fries are picked up from the caravan.
The burgers are by Easey’s, a Melbourne burger icon thanks to those trams sitting atop a building in Collingwood.
The kids declare their burgers – a cheeseburger and Grilled Chicken Bow Wow – delicious. They are generously sized and make a big, happy mess of faces and fingers.
Unless you’re vegan/vegetarian personally I’d steer clear of the jackfruit. It is nothing like pulled pork and the texture frankly is just weird. I’m not adverse to a bit of mock meat but this is exactly as you might imagine – like fruit covered in BBQ sauce.
Just note that you have to ask the bar staff for the basket of toys, which keep everyone amused while the food’s coming out. Remember to be kind and pack them all away into the basket and take them back to the bar before you leave :)
The location is even pup friendly and there are doggie treats available!
For more burgers in Melbourne’s west try Huxtaburger and Slider Diner.
- pram access;
- standard menu suitable for kids;
- walking distance to Footscray train station; and
- limited street parking.