Melbourne is truly a wonderful and enjoyable city to visit, with lots to see and do. Be forewarned: the price of dining out is astronomical! As an example, 2 thin-crust 11" pizzas and 2 beers were $55.00 US. A 3" cup of espresso-like coffee was $5.00 US. The food prices in Australia in general make NYC look like a real bargain!
In any case, while in Melbourne, take the free 'tram' (trolly to US citizens) to the northeast corner of the line and ask for the New Quay Promenade. This is a beautiful harbor-side development with beautiful vistas, modern condos and a bunch of restaurants, including Outback Jacks. While this is a pub-type bar, if you are looking for a great steak, a baked potato and salad, this is the place. Add a beer and a soda and the bill came to $68 which was quite reasonable.
Unfortunately, the entire area is underused. There were very few people there and the waitress said that this is how it is most of the time. The condos are also only half filled and many are rented out which may be worth looking into while you're, 'down under'.
Outback Jacks is a chain, but if my experience was typical, this is one chain worth checking out!
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