Wide Open Road

274 Barkly Street Brunswick, Victoria 3056

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Opening hours Mon-Sat 7am-5pm; Sun 8am-5pm
Features Vegetarian friendly, Gluten-free options, Licensed
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Payments Diner's Club, eftpos, AMEX, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 03 9387 6079

From the A Minor Place crew comes Wide Open Road, a refectory-chic cafe in a former supermarket, complete with clapped-out shopping trolley art on the wall. The team roasts its own coffee, a mild yet deliciously rich brew, and the teeny kitchen turns out simple fare from a short menu: maybe a sloppy but satisfying hickory-smoked pork roll with coleslaw for lunch, or fat, dark field mushrooms with organic scrambled eggs and goat's feta on organic sourdough toast for brekkie. Service can lag at peak times, but the staff stay cool under pressure.