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Spot Burger (previously Il Gobbo) - CLOSED

All Vegan, Gluten Free, Takeaway, Restaurant, Essendon, West, BurgersThe Good Hearted4 Comments

Spot Burger
305 Keilor Road,
Essendon, VIC 3040
03 9379 9540

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Opening Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tues-Thurs: 5-9pm
Friday: 2-9pm
Saturday: 12-9pm
Sunday: 12-8pm

Cash Only

Spot Burger (previously Il Gobbo) is an all vegan burger and hotdog joint (with some Mexican and Italian dishes too) in Essendon. It's opened up in front of Down to Earth Tattoos, who've also made the compassionate stance of using only vegan inks.

Everything is vegan, although the menu doesn't state it as such - so hopefully a few corpse eaters will dine here and be none the wiser. There are five burgers to choose from and I couldn't go past 'The Sailor Jerry' ($10) - a nori wrapped vegan fish patty with a tofutti cheese slice, lettuce, pickles, onion and herbed mayo. It was a delicious choice, especially thanks to that lovely herbed mayo.

My sidekick loves a chilli hit, so went for a 'Volcano Burger' ($10) which had an Il Gobbo patty (a bit like a LOTF patty), tofutti cheese slice, chilli sauce and jalapenos. He thoroughly enjoyed it, but being particularly hungry, wished it was a bit bigger. Perhaps he should have had 'The Spot Burger' ($14) which has a double Il Gobo patty, vegan cheese, vegan bacon, pickles, onion, ketchup and mayo. The 'Bogan Burger' ($10) also caught my eye to try next time, with vegan chicken, herbed mayo, lettuce, beetroot, cheese and pineapple ($10).

No burger is complete without a bowl of fries ($7 GF), and the Il Gobbo variety were well seasoned and hit the spot nicely. If you also fancy a soft drink (Papasito, Lemon Squash or Creaming Soda) then the 'meal deal special' of a burger/hotdog with fries and a can of soft drink for $15.95 is the most economical option.

There's still plenty for us to come back and sample at Il Gobbo, including 3 varieties of vegan hot dogs ($9.95), a vegan burrito ($12), vegan nachos ($12 GF), vegan lasagne ($13) and spaghetti ($13). There are no desserts on the menu (as yet anyway...) but you could opt for a chocolate, banana or raspberry 'Shake' ($6) if you needed a sugar fix.

 

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Little Deer Tracks

All Vegetarian, Cafe, Desserts, Gluten Free, Inner North, Licensed, CoburgThe Good HeartedComment

Little Deer Tracks
44 O'Hea St
Coburg VIC 3058
(03) 9354 3449

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Mon to Fri:
7:30am - 4:30pm
Sat to Sun:
8am - 4:30pm


If Little Deer Tracks isn't the best choice for breakfast or lunch north of Bell Street, then I'm not sure where is! Ever since this all vegetarian cafe opened back in 2011, it's been one of our favourite breakfast/brunch/lunch haunts.

My 'usual' breakfast is the avocado on house sourdough toast ($8.50) with a house hash brown ($3), sauteed mushrooms ($3.50) and grilled asparagus ($3.50). It's always delicious, but I must say that it's not until right now that I am actually realising that it's also quite an expensive breakfast at $18.50... I also had gluten free bread ($2.50) last time which would have made my 'usual' $21. Oh well, as I said, it's always delicious! 

Due to a late night, my last breakfast visit turned into a lunch sojourn, so I tried the handmade organic potato and spelt gnocchi with fresh tomato, basil, garlic and olive oil sauce ($18.50). The sauce is freshly made with beautiful chunks of ripe tomato and the gnocchi really were the 'light fluffy pillows' that we're told all good gnocchi should be!

My sidekick had his usual of penne puttanesca with capers, olives, chili and oregano ($12.50) which sees him well satisfied until dinner. The lunch menu starts at 11am so we're often heading to "Little Deery" late morning so sidekick can have his pasta breakfast!

There are some dishes that are so close to being vegan but aren't, such as the almond crusted eggplant cutlet with hummus & salad ($18.50). It sounds so vegan but unfortunately an egg wash is getting in the way of this food fantasy. Booo!

There is usually a vegan cake to look out for in the cake cabinet ($6.50 per slice) and the vegan lemon bomb biscuits are pretty good. Little Deer Tracks also make a very fine coffee ($3.30) with Bonsoy (.50c).

 
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