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SLOW COOKED AND SMOKED

All BBQ comes with a side of your choice.

dinner specials

Rack in a Box

$39.9

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House-made, huge Brioche Cube hollowed out using our proprietary method and filled with Aged Jack Cheddar, Mac and Cheese, Pulled Pork, a WHOLE BEEF RIB, and cheese sauce (just in case it wasn’t cheesy enough). Topped with more Aged Jack Cheddar, baked and served. Have fun pulling on the bone.

BBQ Dinosaurus Ribs

$154.90

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The biggest Ribs YOU HAVE EVER SEEN, GUARANTEED! Up to 2.5kg of use-the-bones-as-a-club Beef Ribs, slow-smoked till they are cut-with-a-spoon tender. Dumped on a huge Bed of Beer Battered Fries and Sweet Potato Fries. Loaded with Slaw, Bacon Mac & Cheese, variety of pickles and sauces. Around 4kg of tasty deliciousness. Enough for 4. Be ready for a huge feast!

Tomahawk Steak – Aged

$189.90

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Sourced from local Gippsland farms. Grilled to your liking. Aged a minimum of 40 days in our dry ageing room. Size varies from 1.7kg to 1.9kg. Served with corn bread fries and 3 house-made sauces – salsa verde, pepper sauce, and horseradish sauce. Desinged to be shared. Please note about a 40 minute wait on the steak. It’s a HUGE steak, needs time.

Ribeye Steak – Aged

$99.90

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Sourced from local Gippsland farms. Grilled to your liking. Aged a minimum of 40 days in our dry ageing room. Weighing between 800g and 850g. Served with Corn Bread Fries and 3 house-made sauces – salsa verde, pepper sauce and horseradish sauce. Designed to be shared. Please note about a 40 minute wait on the steak. It’s a HUGE steak, needs time.

Rump Steak – Aged

$59.90

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Sourced from local Gippsland farms, aged a minimum of 40days – weighing around 450g. Grilled to your liking, served with Corn Bread Fries and 3 house-made sauces – Pepper Sauce, Horseradish Sauce, and Salsa Verde. >> Please note << about a 40 minute wait on the steak.

Ribovlaki & Mini BBQ HSP

$52.90

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Large, fluffy pita filled with a WHOLE Slow Smoked Beef Rib, Smoked Lamb Shoulder, and BBQ Chicken. Plus cheese sauce, garlic sauce, and our famous BBQ sauce. Chips, tomatoes, and onions round off the huge Thing. A mini HSP is served on the side with beer battered fries, smoked lamb, and sauces. Presented smoking on your table. Enough for 2, or an extremely hungry individual.

Dinner Starters

Pulled Pork Slider

$11.90

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Juicy 12 hour slow cooked pork with spices, layered on a soft bun with freshly made tangy coleslaw, pickled cucumber and mustard.

Lamb Quesadilla

$13.90

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Grilled tortilla full of slow smoked, spicy Lamb, Asiago cheese, spring onions and BBQ sauce.

Ribsy Slider

$11.90

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American BBQ slow smoked short ribs, deboned, tomato relish, swiss cheese, streaky bacon, Apple bourbon BBQ sauce, tomato in a brioche bun.

Pulled Chicken Quesadilla

$12.90

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Grilled tortilla full of slow smoked & pulled chicken, Asiago Cheese, chives, our house made sweet apple bourbon BBQ sauce, avocado and sauteed onions. Jam packed with flavour.

Chicken Wings

$11.90

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3 pieces, 24 hour marinated wings – smoked, then grilled basted with our Que You Hot BBQ Nectar. End result is tasty, glossy, smoky and addictive.

Bacon Candy

$12.90

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Streaky bacon brushed with maple syrup, drizzled with organic brown sugar and chili. Slow cooked to bring to consistency similar to Jerky. A little spicy, a little sweet, a little salty – seriously addictive. Try this one with a spicy Bloody Mary.

Oink Balls

$12.90

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Melt in your mouth port meatballs wrapped in streaky bacon, smoked for hours and grilled. Bacony, meaty treat.

BBQ Meats

Pork Ribs

$36.90

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400g cooked weight. Tender, juicy, melt-in-your-mouth ribs. Done in the Southern tradition using fry spices only. Served with 2 different BBQ sauces – spicy IQ BBQ and Apple Bourbon.

Pork Ribs 800g

$69.90

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Beef Ribs

$36.90

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Huge beefy flavours, smoked using a special 9 spice dry rub and hickory wood. Served with the phenomenal Que You Spicy BBQ sauce, Spicy iQ BBQ sauce and horseradish. Half Rack.

Beef Ribs Large

$69.90

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Chicken

$26.90

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The chicken is marinated overnight and smoked using maple wood for up to 5 hours. Served with 2 different BBQ sauces.

Chicken Full 

$49.90

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Salmon

$28.90

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200g brined for 8 hours in salt, sugar and spices. The salmon comes out different to all your expectations (in a good way). It is smoked using Apple wood, giving it a very mild smoke flavour. The texture is amazing. Served with a house made Dill sauce.

Salmon 400g

$69.90

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Lamb Shoulder

$32.90

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200g, flavoured with a proprietary blend of mildly spicy herbs and spices. Served with 2 BBQ sauces and Salsa Verde. Smoked for 6-8 hours using hickory wood.

Lamb Shoulder 400g

$59.90

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Beef Brisket

$28.90

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Smoked for 8-10 hours using hickory wood, served with spicy iQ BBQ and Horseradish sauces.

Beef Brisket – Large

$54.90

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Dinosaur Ribs

$64.90

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Huge Beef Rib. Approx 700g per serve. It’s likely you have not seen so much meat on one rib before! Smoked using a special 9 spice dry rub & Hickory wood for up to 12 hours. Served with beer battered chips & cheesy corn bread, plus 3 different house made BBQ Sauces – the phenomenal Hot BBQ Nectar, Apple Bourbon & Horseradish.

Wings 

$25.90

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24 hour marinated wings – smoked, then grilled basted with our Que You Hot BBQ Nectar. End result is tasty, glossy, smoky and addictive.

Vrisket Burnt Ends

$29.60

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Chunks of the Incredible Fable plant-based meat rubbed with our secret house-made brisket rub and smoked for hours. You will not believe its not meat.

Vrisket Large

$57.60

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Dinner Sides

Mac N Cheese

$10.80

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Classic with a twist. Our version is smoked with Hickory Wood, plus we added house smoked crispy bacon. If you like Mac and cheese, you will love this version.

Mac N Cheese Large

$19.60

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Mushroom 

$11.80

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Fried butter mushrooms glazed with a soy reduction and dressed with spring onions and roasted seasame seeds. Works perfectly with beef.

Mushroom Large

$21.60

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Crispy Coleslaw

$8.80

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Crunchy mix of apples carrots, coloured cabbage and house made dressing. Zesty and refreshing. Compliments all the meat dishes.

Crispy Coleslaw Large

$16.20

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Green Salad

$8.80

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You know, green, healthy and tasty. Italian dressing. Made from the freshest greens and vegetables.

Green Salad Large

$816.20

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Russian Salad

$10.80

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This is a meal in itself. Roasted chicken, potatoes, carrots, shredded hard boiled eggs, peas etc. With Dijonaise dressing. Served with toasted artisan bread. We promise, you will be satisfied.

Russian Salad Large

$19.20

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Beer Battered Chips

$8.80

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Chips Large

$15.20

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Spicy Beer Battered Chips

$9.80

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With our secret blend of spices

Spicy Chips Large

$17.20

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With our secret blend of spices

Cheesy Corn Bread 

$7.30

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Great accompaniment to the meat!

Corn Bread Large

$13.80

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Onion Rings 

$10.80

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A really special fravour combination. Smooth, creamy melt-in-your-mouth goodness. Served with vanilla ice cream.

Onion Rings Large

$19.20

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A really special fravour combination. Smooth, creamy melt-in-your-mouth goodness. Served with vanilla ice cream.

Sweet Potato Wedges

$10.80

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served with our sour cream and bbq sauce

Sweet Potato Wedges

$19.20

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LOADED FRIES

Brisket Loaded Fries

$24.40

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Our already incredible fries with melted cheese (lots of it) plus grilled slow smoked brisket. Topped with our house made spicy BBQ sauces.

Bacon Loaded Fries

$22.90

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Our already incredible fries with melted cheese (lots of it) plus crispy grilled bacon.

Sweet Potato Loaded Fries

$24.90

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Chunky sweet potato fries loaded with sour cream, pulled pork, cheese and Apple Bourbon BBQ sauce.

Bacon Mac & Cheese Loaded Fries

$23.90

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Our already incredible fries loaded with cacon Mac & Cheese and liquid cheese

Vrisket Loaded Fries

22.9

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Our already amazing fries with melted cheese (lots of it) plus grilled slow smoked and pulled Vrisket – the incredible Fable plant-based meat. Topped with our housemade spicy BBQ sauce. You will not believe it’s not meat.

Larger Options

Reuben Sandwich

$28.90

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Slow Smoked Beef Brisket in a toasted Rye with layers of Pickles, Swiss Cheese, Coleslaw, and house-made zesty BBQ sauce. Very American Deli, very tasty. Served with Chips or Onion Rings

Chicken Ceasar Salad

$28.90

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Chunky sweet potato fries loaded with sour cream, pulled pork, cheese and Apple Bourbon BBQ sauce.

Lamb Quesadilla

$29.90

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Grilled tortilla full of slow-smoked spicy Lamb, Asiago Cheese, Spring onions and BBQ sauce

Chicken Quesadilla

$28.90

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Chunky sweet potato fries loaded with sour cream, pulled pork, cheese and Apple Bourbon BBQ sauce.

Sweets, Muffins, Pastries

Ice Cream Sandwich

$15.90

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Salted caramel ice-cream waffle sandwich lathered in chocolate ganache.

Pancakes Forever

$17.40

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A HUGE tower of the fluffiest pancakes with spiked chocolate ganache between the layers. Topped with cream and berries. Drizzled with salted caramel sauce and surrounded by luscious crunchy nutella. WARNING – contains traces of alcohol, substitute nutella for the Chocolate ganache. Oh, did we mention it’s Really Big!

Affogato

$16.90

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Double Espresso over ice cream with your choice of liqeur – Frangelico, Kahlua, Baileys, Cointreau

Key Lime Pie

$16.10

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Made with limes to give it a zesty, creamy texture unlike any other sweet pie. A southern favourite. Served with vanilla ice cream.

Pecan Pie

$15.90

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Warm, sweet and delicious. Served with espresso cream and vanilla ice cream.

Nutella & Peanut Butter Pie

$15.90

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A really special fravour combination. Smooth, creamy melt-in-your-mouth goodness. Served with vanilla ice cream.

Third Wave Cafe started as a trendy inner Melbourne café with an aim to grow and so we did. After 9 years, we are one of Melbourne’s favourite American BBQ restaurants with a huge emphasis on slow-smoked meats and burgers.

During the day we start out as a café transitioning to an American BBQ and Burger restaurant from lunch onwards. As a café, we love our coffee so much that only the best equipment and beans are used. No expense was spared to make sure that the coffee is always full of flavour and extremely smooth.

As part of our American style barbecue menu, we serve up some of the more imaginative brunch dishes in Melbourne. 

  • Dishes like Green eggs with slow smoked lamb shoulder,
  • Porky Triple stack (a 3 stack of fluffy American pancakes with layers of Pulled pork, Candy Bacon and Maple Sauce)

 Of course, we also have favourites like:

  •  Baked Eggs with Chorizo and Asiago,
  • Candy Bacon breakfast (Streaky bacon brushed with Maple syrup, drizzled with organic brown sugar and chilli. Slow cooked to make it candy-like. Topped with fresh avocado, poached eggs and a little hollandaise. Served on toasted English Muffin). 
  • Plus, many more dishes that will make you wish you had breakfast with us every day. Breakfast is served all day till 5pm.

 We are a fairly small venue and are often booked out, so bookings are highly recommended.

Third Wave is a combination of a Café and an American BBQ style restaurant. If you crave more than the standard fare for breakfast, Third Wave will satisfy. If you are looking for the most flavoursome cut-with-a-spoon slow smoked American BBQ meats, you can find them all here. If you are after the most packed-with-flavour, huge, unusual and imaginative burgers, Third Wave is the place.

On Tuesdays we have the ALL YOU CAN EAT BBQ nights. For $69.90 per person, you eat as much slow smoked Brisket, Beef Ribs, Lamb Shoulder, Chicken and more. Plus 2 rounds of entrees including Candy Bacon, Oink Balls, Quesadillas and chicken wings. To finish there is dessert. Choose from Key Lime Pie, Pecan Pie, Nutella Pie or Ice Cream Belgian Waffle Sandwich.

All the smoked meats are in the Texas, Kansas and Caroline barbecue traditions. Using house-made Rubs made from over a dozen ingredients we impart incredibly intense flavours. All the meats are marinated from 24 to 48 hours in either dry rubs or wet marinades. Then smoked for up to 12 hours. The result is fall-off-the-bone full of flavour meats that you need a spoon to cut. You must try it to believe.

Let’s not forget about the sides. We took the humble cornbread and elevated it to greater heights by adding 2 kinds of cheese. The mac and cheese is smoked and mixed with grilled bacon bits. Our Glazed mushrooms are juicy and full of intense flavour.  Some people say we have the best loaded fries. Here is a list of Loaded Fries options on the menu – Beer Battered Fries Loaded with Slow Smoked Brisket, Cheese sauce and Spicy BBQ Sauce; Beer Battered Fries loaded with Mac & Cheese and Cheese Sauce; Sweet Potato Fries loaded with Pulled Pork, Apple Bourbon BBQ sauce & sour cream. This is just a small selection from a much large sides menu.

Other meaty sides include Candy Bacon, Oink Balls and Slow smoked wings. What are Oink Balls you may ask… we will leave you to guess or click on our menu for full description. Crunchy onion rings and Crispy Coleslaw round off the side offerings. 

Burgers are a huge part of our success. Every day we get feedback from customers that our burgers are the best they have ever tried. Using the best brioche buns and large 150g patties, 2-Year-old Jack cheese, house made ketchup we make the tastiest of burgers. There are 11 on the menu including an incredible vegetarian/vegan burger. Some of the burgers are made with slow smoked meats like the Oh Mamma Burger with deboned slow smoked Beef Ribs and Pulled Pork plus lots of other additions. If you like your burgers made in the traditional style or with a modern twist, we have you covered.

The house-made barbecue sauces have gathered a cult following as well. They were created based on prize winning recipes. Apple Bourbon BBQ Sauce is slightly sweet with a hint of heat. Our Spicy BBQ Sauce is not too spicy, with just enough heat to make everyone happy.

Our 2 smokers are working nonstop. These days we smoke up to 1000kg of meat per week. Hundreds of kilograms of meat is received and processed daily. Our chefs are constantly trimming, deboning and removing membranes. The kitchen is always full of smoke and spicy rub aromas. 

Everything from dozens of pork shoulders for pulled pork to huge whole beef briskets is smoked for up to 12 hours. The slow smoked meats we regularly serve include Texas Style Beef Brisket, Pork Ribs, Beef Ribs, Pork Belly, Lamb Shoulder, Salmon, Chicken, Chicken Wings, Chicken Ribs, Sausages and more. The meats are smoked with Hickory, Maple and Apple woods. Hickory is used for all the dark meats like Beef Brisket, Beef Ribs and Lamb Shoulder. Maple is a little milder, so we use it for the lighter meats like Pork and Chicken. Finally, Applewood is great for smoking Salmon.

We also make 2 BBQ sauces – Apple Bourbon and Spicy BBQ.

Our monthly specials have become legendary. We often hear “It’s a Third Wave” dish as a description of a dish that is over the top and somewhat extra ordinary. We have invented dishes like Burgerrito, the Everything Burrito, Smoky Mountain, The Wheelborough Challenge, Bacon Shell Tacos, Triple BBQ Nachos and many more. Every month there are 2 incredible specials that last only one month. Miss them at your own peril.

For all the latest monthly specials and cool things that are happening at Third Wave follow us on Facebook at @thirdwavecafe.

We have been featured in numerous publications, including

The Age, Herald Sun, The Burger Book, The UrbanList, Good Food Guide, LabBible, Twisted Foods, The Daily Mail

You can see our YouTube channel here.