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    Atlantic Hotel: Traditional Dining

    by Kate-Me Updated Apr 27, 2015

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    The Atlantic Hotel is extremely popular with the older generation, partly because it offers quite traditional Australian food in a restaurant industry that's increasingly becoming more trendy and multicultural with its food, but also because it is good value too. So it's been quite popular with the elderly for lunches. The service is good and fast.
    Always a few families to be found there dining too. And on weekends the bar is very popular and they sometimes have some well known local bands performing so it's certainly not just a place for the oldies.

    Favorite Dish: Roast of the day is always a popular one. I also really like the Chicken Parmigana or Beer Battered Fish & Chips.

    For dessert, the individual plum puddings with custard and icecream or cream are delicious.

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    Jade Inn Restaurant: Cheap and cheerful Chinese food

    by Kate-Me Updated May 23, 2010

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    This small, attractive yet simple restaurant serves has a combination of Malaysian and Chinese dishes.
    I highly recommend the lunch box specials - rice & 1 main meal - same as the dinner menu (minus seafood and some of the meats) but for only Aus $7.50
    The price is average for lunch box specials - just about all of Ballarat's approx 12 Chinese restaurants offer this - but Jade Inn seems to have the widest lunch special choices and the one I like the best. I think it's all in the special spicy sauces.

    Favorite Dish: I recommend the combination meat dishes (especially if the huge range of choice leaves you unable to decide) My favorite is the combination with mongolian sauce.

    Jade Inn
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    La Porchetta: Popular Pizza place

    by Kate-Me Written Feb 14, 2003

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    La Porchetta is an inexpensive Pizza restaurant chain offering pizza & pasta dishes at reasonable prices compared to other restaurants.
    It's on a first come, first served basis (no bookings) and they don't accept credit card (hence the cheaper prices, they say). And it's always bustling busy. No BYO is the only slight disadvantage. Due to the busy nature, service is fast, but that's ok because generally Australian's don't linger so long over meals as Europeans. Great family restaurant.

    Favorite Dish: The pizzas are all rather nice - not outstanding, but good for the price.

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    The Heritage Bar and Restaurant:The George Hotel: Looked Better than it Tasted

    by cjg1 Updated Jan 25, 2013

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    My wife and I had walked by the Historic George Hotel earlier in the day and decided to come back here for a nice dinner. From the get go we loved the interior of the place and the friendly bar man who greeted us as we entered. The area is divided up into the bar and the dining room that has a more upscale feel to it.

    We had a seat in their dining area and checked out the food offering on the menu. The menu had some typical pub fare such as: Fish & Chips and Burgers but also had more substantial fare such as steaks. Despite having had a steak sandwich that day for lunch at another establishment; we decided to order it again for dinner. The description sounded mouth watering: Roasted tomato, cheddar cheese, bacon,bearnaise sauce accompanied with onion rings and chips. Yum indeed!

    As we waited for our food and enjoyed our drinks; we watched other patrons food orders come to their tables. Everything looked very tasty. Our food arrived about 15 minutes later and looked very good. The chips were good, the onion rings were good but the steak itself was blah. We ate very little of the meat but polished off the fries and rings. Maybe we just chose the wrong dish...

    Despite our dissapointing meal; we had great service and loved the atmosphere.

    Ready for our meal (November 2012) Steak Sandwich and Fries Steak Sandwich and Onion Rings
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    United States Hotel Bar: A beer at Sovereign Hill

    by SWFC_Fan Updated Aug 13, 2006

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    The United States Hotel Bar is a pub and restaurant located at Sovereign Hill, Ballarat's most famous tourist attraction.

    Sovereign Hill is a living museum of an 1850s gold mining town, with shops and eating establishments appearing just as they would have done at that time, and actors in period costumes giving the "town" an authentic feel.

    Upon entering the United States Hotel Bar from Main Street (a muddy track with horses and costumed actors abound), I was not altogether sure whether it was in fact an operating pub or just an exhibition. The interior is sparsely furnished with wooden stools, a wooden bar and decorations appropriate to the period, while the waitresses can be seen in 1850s style outfits.

    I established that it was a "real" bar and took a modern menu from the waitress. You can choose from a selection of beers, wines and soft drinks. I opted for a draught Toohey's New (375ml) at a cost of 3.20 AUD.

    In a room adjoining the bar is the United States Hotel dining room where you can choose from a special menu of hearty meals.

    United States Hotel Bar, Sovereign Hill United States Hotel Bar interior A Tooheys beer at United States Hotel Bar United States Hotel, Sovereign Hotel

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    Hope Bakery: Traditional bakery at Sovereign Hill

    by SWFC_Fan Updated Aug 13, 2006

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    Hope Bakery is a traditional bakery located at Sovereign Hill, Ballarat's most famous tourist attraction.

    Sovereign Hill is a living museum of an 1850s gold mining town. Costumed actors, horses and traditional shops and eating establishments give the "town" an authentic feel.

    Hope Bakery is located in a small stone building on the muddy track known as Main Street, just a couple of minutes walk from the site's entrance and exit.

    The interior of the bakery contains little in the way of decoration, with wooden counters and glass fronted displays housing the selection of cakes, pasties, sausage rolls and pies that customers can purchase there. The food is cooked in a traditional wood-fired oven and the serving staff wear costumes that are appropriate to the period.

    Favorite Dish: I opted for:

    Traditional Cornish Pasty - Cost: 3.80 AUD

    A large pasty filled in one half with meat and potato and in the other half with apple sauce. Very tasty!!

    Hope Bakery, Sovereign Hill Hope Bakery interior Hope Bakery interior

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    Assunta's: Quick Lunch Downtown

    by ATXtraveler Written Sep 17, 2005

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    As we only had a few minutes to prepare before meeting with the City Council, my co-worker and I decided to jump into a cafe along the way. Assunta's looked inviting, with the promise of a cheap quick bite to eat. I had the chicken caesar salad and a lemon squash, and true to form... it was quick and cheap. All together it was 12 AUD.

    Nothing special, but it was right on time and in the right place. Check it out if you are strapped for time!

    Assunta's Ballarat

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    City Oval: Good Pub Lunch

    by cjg1 Updated May 15, 2013

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    City Oval is a pub/restaurant that was located right next to our hotel in Ballarat. We arrived rather hungry that day and decided to grab some lunch after our walk around the lake. The interior is quite spacious with a large bar area, dining rooms and a seperate area for private functions.

    We arrived around 1pm when the lunch crowd was getting into full swing. The hostess brought us to a table and handed us menus. Menu had the typical pub grub fare: fish and chips, steak sandwiches, etc. We chose one of the lunch specials which was a steak sandwich with chips and a glass of beer, wine or soda included. I placed our order at the bar and brought the numbered plaque back to our table along with our drinks.

    We were very impressed at the interior decor with nice dark wood and richly colored walls. This is the kind of place I would like to transport home with me so I could enjoy it on a regular basis. Our food arrived about 15 minutes after we ordered. The portions were a nice size. The steak sandwiches came topped with cheese, lettuce and a tomato onion relish along with some chips. The meat was rather tasty and I quite enjoyed the tangy relish on top. This was a nice, filling meal and we were very happy with our choice of entree.

    Service here is good, decor is inviting and cozy and the food is good. I was glad we stopped in here for lunch.

    Favorite Dish: The steak sandwich was very good and tasty; one of the best I had on this trip.

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    Poritco Restaurant and Bar: Class with a capital C

    by iandsmith Updated Dec 28, 2006

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    Bay windows, classical exterior, sumptuous interior to match. This is the sort of place where you'd find the solicitors and barristers.
    Obviously you'll be paying more than the local takeaway but, can you afford not to dine here?
    This is a boasting-rights place where you can flaunt the fact that you've raised a fork in anger over the Angus.
    It seats around 100 or, for conferences, 300 standing.

    Class on Dana Street
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    Sovereign Hill Dining

    by keeweechic Written Mar 7, 2005

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    Sovereign Hill has a few places where you can get something to eat. The New York Bakery is in Main Street and there is also the Sovereign Hill Kiosk. Or if you are wanting something a little more then you can try the United States Hotel’s dining room.

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    Beechworth Bakery: Pass me another pie please

    by iandsmith Updated Dec 28, 2006

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    As the name suggests, what you get here is pastries. Lots of pastries. Mouth watering pastries.
    They are delicious, a flow on from the original in Beechworth with a variety of pies and cakes to tempt even the most sensitive palate.
    The Beechworth Bakery Ballarat operates from the iconic 1850s Water Board Building on the corner of Grenville & Lewis streets.
    This is a large bakery, seating 200 people, and occupying approximately 400sqm of space. In addition there is plenty of car parking onsite and surrounding the building with great disabled access. Being located in the heart of the CBD also makes the bakery accessible to the many shoppers who frequent the area.

    Favorite Dish: Though normally I would mention a pie, here I just love their apple squares. In fact, on the too few occasions when I get to visit a Beechworth outlet, I always grab a couple to take with me. Deeeeelicious.

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    Pipers on the Parade: Coffee and cake by the Lake

    by Kate-Me Written Oct 22, 2005

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    Recently the group of volunteers I work with at Ballarat Tourism and I took a familiarisation tour around Ballarat, and Pipers was one of our stops, to try out their Coffee and have morning tea.
    It was a beatiful winter sunny day, almost warm enough to sit out on the decking and look at the lake. The building is quite beautiful, in Edwardian style, and until most recently, was called The Pavillion.

    Favorite Dish: We rather enjoyed our coffee and muffins and the service was good.
    Pipers is open every day, though I believe not in the evenings, as they also cater for functions.

    exterior of Pipers, viewed from the lake shore another view from the terrace of Pipers
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    Gee Cees: Meals, snacks or just coffee

    by Kate-Me Written Jun 20, 2003

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    Gee Cees always seems to be bustling and quite vibrant (though with a polished wooden floor it can get a little noisy inside).
    You can go there for just a cup of coffee and cake, or lunch or dinner. There's a fairly extensive menu to choose from.
    Also a bonus, in the summer you can sit outside and look at the garden in the middle of Sturt St, enjoy the sunshine (or dine outside in the evening) or just watch the traffic go by.
    It's quite a historic building - it used to be called the Golden City Hotel (golden because so much about Ballarat concerns gold).

    Gee Cee's
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    Peter Lalor Hotel: Pub Meals and Restaurant Dining

    by Kate-Me Written Jun 20, 2003

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    The Peter Lalor is quite a typical Aussie pub, and is named after the most famous and well known historical figures involved in Ballarat's famous 1854 Eureka Stockade uprising.
    At the bar you can have basic 'Pub Grub' meals at reasonable prices (ie, sausages & bacon, ham steak & pineapple, steak) or more formal/varied dining in the dining room next door.
    And, there's live music Friday and Saturday nights from about 9.30. pm (usually no cover charge)

    The Peter Lalor
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    THE RED LION: A REALLY FRIENDLY PLACE

    by BerniShand Updated Dec 13, 2004

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    This is a really friendly bar / restaurant, and the food is first class
    we originally stopped for breakfast which was great so we went back for dinner that night
    the portions are huge ! it was a real struggle to get through it all

    we had dinner from the bar food menu, there is also a bistro restaurant which was very busy so if you visit at weekend then booking is definately recommended

    there is a playground for children, and childrens menu

    the Red Lion is part of the Soveriegn Park Motel

    Favorite Dish: breakfast was great, but the pasta at dinner was fabulous !

    that lion isnt red.....
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