Anyone who's ever been on a long haul drive knows that truck stop dining can be a fairly dubious proposition. We're talking soggy chips, mouldy sandwiches wrapped in gladwrap and questionable meat products that have been sitting under a heat lamp for God only knows how long. Fortunately, a new trucker-theme diner in Werribee is set to exorcise those unpleasant memories through a combination of gourmet burgers, killer cocktails and signature alcoholic milkshakes.
Due to open in the west Melbourne suburb later this week, Truck Stop Deluxe is the brainchild of burger aficionados Jimmy Hurlston (Jimmy’s Burgers and Easey’s), Dani Zeini (Dandenong Pavillion and Grand Trailer Park Taverna) and Josh Lefers (Grand Trailer Park Taverna and Pawn & Co). They've teamed up with Werribee locals James Fava and Adam Toffolon, who previously operated Joe's Bar & Kitchen on the same site.
While the full Truck Stop Deluxe menu isn't currently available, we do know it'll include waffles, ice-cream sandwiches, cocktails and spiked milkshakes (presumably not unlike the ones at the Grand Trailer Park, which are excellent by the way) as well as lots and lots of tasty, tasty burgers.
Oh, and before we forget, the inside of the restaurant features two actual big rigs, one of which you can sit inside while you eat your meal. Don't kid yourself: you know you'll be tempted to try and recreate scenes from Smokey and the Bandit. As well you should.
Truck Stop Deluxe is located at 98 Watton Street, Werribee. Their operating hours are 11:30am til late Tuesday – Sunday.