Stop 17 Cafe and Bar
Lovely little cafe addition on busy Smith Street in Fitzroy. It’s unique selling point? A genuine writers’ room! When owner Tyler first pitched it to me, I pictured a bunch of people trying to write a an episode of The Simpsons. Or perhaps Jim Rash talking about the creative process with popular TV shows.
Turns out it’s intentionally left tabula rasa so it’s up to you the patron, to make use of the space. Novels, manuscripts, (blog posts)… All are welcome. Let’s take a look:
Upstairs is an awesome lounge and study area, where students and creative types can take advantage of the space and FREE Wifi. Owners Ryan and Tyler really wanted a welcoming space where everyone can chill or focus as much as they want and not be hurried out of the venue.
They ticked all the boxes there.
My first thought was: are there any famous screenwriters here in Melbourne? And if so, where are they now? Well you’ve got… Leigh Whannell and James Wan, I guess. And like all successful film industry Aussies, they eventually made their way to the US.
Meanwhile, we have personally approved caricatures of Quentin Tarantino, JK Rowling and master writer Stephen King to get your creative juices going:
Okay, enough with the theme and decor. So how’s the food? In short – really good, would definitely recommend! Please note that the portions are sample sizes only. The menu prices are set for full portions. Check it out:
One of the best cocktails I’ve ever had! Probably because it was made to my specific tastes by the in house mixologist. I wanted something refreshing, minty, fruity and slightly sweet. The California Uptown was perfect. Couldn’t even taste the vodka. Just deliciousness. 9.5/10
White rum based cocktail with passionfruit, orange juice and simple syrup. The alcohol was separated in it’s own soju glass and it was lots of fun drinking both at once. Delicious. 9/10
Generous amount of Dukkah provided. Ribs were crumbed perfectly and had a great crispness to them. The meat itself was so juicy and moist. Fell off the bone. 8/10
Hands down the best chicken wings I’ve had. Ever. Epically crunchy outside and so moist underneath all the crispy goodness. A must try at Stop 17. 9.5/10
Crispy croquettes filled with sweet potato. Bite sized and great to nibble on. 7.5/10
Reminds me of jerky. Good, flavoursome jerky. Tastes great even without the sauce. 7.5/10
Best bacon I’ve had, and I don’t even really like bacon. Infused with so much maple flavour and sweetness. Although it has a bit of a chewy texture, it was easy to eat. Delicious! 8/10
Beautiful cocktail with a super generous amount of kiwi on the bottom. Mojito was refreshing and yummy. 8/10
Tequila based cocktail with jalapeño kicks. Very strong, very spicy, and not at all for the faint of heart. 7/10
Contains all the essential bits for perfect nachos, delicious when combined. Corn chips were crispy and great for dipping into the generous sauce and condiments. Loved the pickled onions. 8/10
We didn’t to try this one, but looked generous with the veggie filling. Next time.
Moist and juicy meatballs with a delicious bolognaise sauce. Better than those at places that even specialise in meatballs. 8/10
Not one that we got to try, but looks like a simple, no fuss kinda burger. On the list for next visit!
Calamari was tender and easy to eat with lots of flavour. Volcanic salt was an interesting addition – just be careful to mix it around well and not just eat a giant bite of it. Delicious and unique tomatoes. 7/10
Super crispy softshell crab in a soft brioche bun. The Sriracha mayo was the perfect mix of spicy and creamy. Made everything taste better. Fries were delicious too. 8/10
Creamy and strong. No sugar needed. Would recommend. 8.8/10