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SLOW COOKED AND SMOKED

All BBQ comes with a side of your choice.

Lunch 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!

Rump Steak – Aged

$59.90

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Sourced from local Gippsland farms, aged a minimum of 40 days, 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.

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.

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.

Lunch BBQ

Pork Ribs

$36.90

Tender, juicy, melt-in-your-mouth ribs. Done in the Southern tradition using dry spices only. Served with 2 different BBQ Sauces – QueYou Spicy BBQ and Apple Bourbon.

Beef Ribs

$36.90

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Huge beefy flavours. Smoked using a special 9 spice dry rub and Hickory wood. You have never tried this kind of beef. Served with the phenomenal QueYou Spicy BBQ sauce and Horseradish.

Chicken

$26.90

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Don’t make the mistake of thinking that this is “just another chicken”. Most people who tried it, said – it was one of, if not the best, chicken they have EVER had. The chicken is marinated overnight and smoked using Maple wood for upto 5 hours. Served with 2 different BBQ sauces.

Salmon

$28.90

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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.

Lamb Shoulder

$32.90

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Tender and full of flavour. Flavoured with a proprietary blend of mildly spicy herbs and spices. Served with Que You Spicy BBQ sauce and Salsa Verde. Smoked for 6-8 hours using Hickory wood.

Beef Brisket

$29.90

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An unusual cut for most of us but really common in the US. You will love the beefy flavours. The meat comes out soft and delicate. Smoked for 8-10 hours using Hickory wood. Served with QueYou Spicy BBQ and Horseradish Sauces.

Vrisket Burnt Ends

$29.90

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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 it’s not meat!

Lunch Sides

Crispy Coleslaw

$8.90

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A crunchy mix of apples, carrots, coloured cabbage and house made dressing. Zesty and refreshing.

Green Salad Side

$8.90

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

Russian Salad Side

$8.90

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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.

Smoked Mac & Cheese Side

$8.90

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A classic with a twist. Our version is smoked with Hickory Wood, plus we added house smoked crispy Bacon. If you like Mac & Cheese, you will love this version.

Spicy Chicken Wings

$8.90

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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.

Bacon Candy

$8.90

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Streaky bacon brushed with Maple syrup, drizzled with organic brown sugar and chilli. Slow cooked to bring to consistency similar to Jerky. A little spicy, a little sweet, a little salty – Seriously addictive.

Oink Balls

$8.90

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

Beer Battered Chips

$8.90

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Onion Rings

$8.90

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Spicy Beer Battered Chips

$8.90

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With our secret blend of spices.

Corn Bread

$8.90

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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 Loaded Fries 

$23.90

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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.

Lunch & In-between

Russian Salad

$8.90

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A crunchy mix of apples, carrots, coloured cabbage and house made dressing. Zesty and refreshing.

Green Salad

$8.90

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

Chicken Ceasar Salad

$8.90

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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.

Reuben Sandwich

$8.90

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A classic with a twist. Our version is smoked with Hickory Wood, plus we added house smoked crispy Bacon. If you like Mac & Cheese, you will love this version.

Lamb Quesadilla

$8.90

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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.

Pulled Chicken Quesadilla

$8.90

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Streaky bacon brushed with Maple syrup, drizzled with organic brown sugar and chilli. Slow cooked to bring to consistency similar to Jerky. A little spicy, a little sweet, a little salty – Seriously addictive.

Sweets, Muffins, Pastries

Key Lime Pie

$12.90

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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

$12.90

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

Ice Cream Sandwich

$15.30

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

Nutella & Peanut Butter Pie

$12.90

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

Raspberry White Chocolate Muffin

$6.10

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Blueberry Muffin

$6.10

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Apple Cinnamon Muffin

$6.10

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Chocolate Muffin

$6.10

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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.