People forget about Braybrook often. It’s hard not to, to be honest. This small suburb is sandwiched between the impressive West Footscray and the behemoth that is Sunshine. But if you live close by, and it’s within your 5km radius, we implore you to check it out and support the businesses that reside in the suburb.
Below, we’ve picked out five excellent venues that call Braybrook home.
Currently, under Melbourne’s restrictions, a lot of these businesses can’t trade as normal at the moment so be sure to support them however you can. Many are offering takeaway or have online shops, and you can help them survive the strange times we are living in.
Blue Bamboo is known by locals as one of the best Vietnamese restaurants west of Footscray, offering everything from grilled pork buns to spicy goi bo salad, curries and classic stir-fried meats. When regular seated dining returns, we implore you to nab a spot out the back of the venue in the small, outdoor garden that features beautiful flowers, greenery and a pond.
156 Churchill Avenue, Braybrook 3019. 0490 335 816.
As far as neighbourhood burger joints are concerned, Burgernomics definitely punches above the rest. Choose from a selection of stacked burgers (the Baconator is a crowd favourite), loaded fries (yes, cheesy bolognese fries are a thing) and even fried wings. Under lockdown, the restaurant is currently offering takeaway and delivery via Uber Eats and Deliveroo.
286 Ballarat Road, Braybrook 3019. 03 9078 1858.
Oh, how we miss brunch! In the Beforetime, this Braybrook café served up a delicious brunch menu but is now currently operating as takeaway only. But never fear, the STN team are still serving up breakfast dishes to go, including corn, zucchini and jalapeno fritters, house-made chilli scramble and ricotta pancakes. There’s takeaway coffee, of course, but also a selection of smoothies (try the Tropicana for a summery vibe). It’s all currently available on Uber Eats, too.
23/65-67 Ashley St, Braybrook 3019. 0460 930 817.
Hot Dog Hustle
Serving street food by way of Asia and Los Angeles, Hot Dog Hustle isn’t your average hot dog truck. This inner west business has blossomed into the go-to place for deliciously over the top hot dogs. Think additions like furikake and jalapenos, or bulgogi steak and “hustle” mayo. There’s even a vegetarian croquette version with slaw, kewpie mayo and nori strips. All of the dogs are 100 per cent Aussie beef and served on a brioche bun.
252 Ballarat Road, Braybrook 3019.
Sacca’s Fine Foods
If you’d rather stock up on grocery items and cook something yourself from scratch, the Braybrook locals all head to Sacca’s Fine Foods inside Central West Shopping Centre. This family run business has been providing locals with fruit, vegetables, bakery items, deli goods and more for over 30 years. They’re even offering contactless home delivery during these times – there’s even free delivery for orders over $25.
59 Ashley St, Braybrook 3019. 03 9689 1319.