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Unique Canberra meals to try after lockdown

Coronavirus has forced closures for many businesses for an indefinite period, and many local businesses will be facing hard times. While takeaway and delivery options are still available, it just isn’t the same as dining on location.

Some businesses have unique items on their menus that are well worth a try. Below is a list of five Canberra restaurants and food trucks with their own unique menu items that should be tried once the lockdown is over. Not only will you be getting a great meal, but you will also be helping local businesses.


Grease MonkeyThe Parmy

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Parmy Army. Round up the troops. Lovely bit of parmigiana with some deep fried mozzarella sticks and a bit of aioli on top of a lazy salad.

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The Chicken Parmigiana, or ‘Parmi’, is a classic Australian dish enjoyed by many over the years. You can find it in just about every single bar and restaurant in the country, and it never fails to satisfy the needs of a hungry person. You can’t go wrong with a good ‘Parmi’. If you have ever wondered what it might be like as a burger, then wonder no more as the crew down at Grease Monkey have one on their menu. It tastes as good as it looks, which is incredible to say the least.



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Hot diggity dawg 😍🌭#broddog

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Plenty of people love a good old-fashioned hot dog. The classic ‘Bunnings Snag’ is a simple meal that is revered around the country. Local establishment Brodburger, with three locations in the city, have made their own version of a classic hotdog. The ‘Broddog’ includes some ingredients you might not usually find on a hotdog bun, making it quite the experience.


Mandalay BusWaffle Fries

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It's lucky the Mandalay Bus isn't open tonight. I might have been tempted by these jalapeño aioli waffle fries that @mib19 shared with us as I drive in to pick up my Crazy Cat Lady action figure from Canberra Cat Fix. All proceeds go to cat desexing operations. Check out their FB page for more details 😊

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If you ever driven up Lonsdale Street and seen that colourful double decker bus just sitting there in the Haig Park carpark, then that is the well-known Mandalay Bus. The Burmese fusion food truck has made a name for itself becoming one of, if not the top food trucks in all of Canberra. The Waffles fries are something that should be tried. You could go for the plain style, or you could try the ‘Peanut Satay’ or ‘Jalapeno Aioli’ flavours.


Mr PapaPan Con Chorizo / Chanchito

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When we were kids growing up in #peru, happiness meant spending time with the family and friends eating ‘Chanchitos’ (Pan con chicharrón) for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Today, we love sharing this tradition with everyone in Canberra 🇵🇪 🇦🇺 🍔🙏😍🐷 Come visit us at @popupanu and soon at the new shop on Lonsdale Street – Braddon 📷 @razzytee 🙏

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With a small population of Peruvians in Australia, finding good and authentic Peruvian food won’t be easy. The people of Canberra are in luck however, with the Mr Papa food truck brings quality food to the public. You could try any of their menu items and be happy but their most popular item, the Chanchito, is well worth a try. If that isn’t for you, go for the Pan Con Chorizo for something a little different.


Milky LaneChic-Kanye

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Good weather for a lil snack wouldn’t ya say ☔️😈🍔

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While Milky Lane isn’t exclusive to Canberra, it’s burgers are certainly unique, and they have some rather interesting names as well. The ‘Chic-Kanye’ is just one of the menu items you should try. With a collection of quality ingredients, it is well worth trying. Milky Lane also has plenty of unique and interesting shakes to try, that constantly change.

So once self-isolation measures are lifted, give these unique dishes a try for a distinctly special Canberra experience.


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