Double Cheddar is the Main Character at Kelso’s Pop Up Chop Shop

"Sandwiches make everyone happy!"

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Kelso’s Sandwich Shoppe has been keeping the people of Abbotsford fed since 2016. Emerging onto the scene just before the great sandwich boom of Melbourne’s inner north, Kelso’s is one of the best when it comes to a succulent sandwich.

They put their own spin on the classics, with housemade relishes and pickles to boot, and an accessible offering of sandwiches, burgers and brekky buns, with epic vegetarian and build-your-own options.

And now, in pop-up chop shop form, they’re celebrating the greatest sandwich cheese of all: Chop Cheese.

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Popping up at The Mill Brewery, this Friday March 4 from 4pm, Kelso’s Pop Up Chop Shop is offering up a smaller menu, with some mouth-watering new additions and plenty of Chop Cheese (otherwise known as cheddar).

“The Chop Shop concept has been floating around for a little while now,” says owner Jon-Lee Farrell.

Kelso’s has always had a varied menu from fresh to indulgent and everything in between, but the idea of a shorter sharper menu always appealed to us.”

This shorter menu, includes their Classic Chop Cheese and Cripsy Tofu sandwiches, as well as a Meatlovers, Grilled Prawn, Fried Chicken and Vegan Fried Chicken. All the sandwiches—minus the Vegan and Grilled Prawn—feature double cheddar; or Chop Cheese.

Farrell says that’s because Chop Cheese is everyone’s favourite.

“Over the last six years of the original shop, the Chop Cheese quickly emerged as a crowd favourite and by far the biggest seller week on week… so we thought why not give it it’s own shop!”

“All the sandwiches are a tweak on the other originals, which is pure comfort food wrapped in a soft Kelso’s-only baguette! The menu may change or evolve a little, but the idea is that less choice is where it’s at, simplicity and deliciousness!”

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Spirits are still high at Kelso’s, despite the struggle of the past few years. According to Farrell, the lockdowns helped them to establish themselves and become known to a wider part of their local area.

“The support we received was amazing and we slung more sangas every day,” he said.

“Opening a new tweak on Kelso’s now that people are out and about feels right—and the location is prime. The Mill Brewery has a huge outdoor area and open warehouse feel—perfect for sangas and beers throughout the afternoon and evening.”

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As for sandwiches, “they make everyone happy”, says Farrell—and he’s not wrong.

“What makes a great sandwich? For us? That house soft fluffy baguette we mentioned… and cheese, a lot of it.”

Head on down to The Mill Brewery this Friday, March 4, from 4pm, and tuck into a tinnie and a sanga courtesy of Kelso’s.

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The Best Sandwiches To Chow Down On In Melbourne

More than just ham and cheese.

Some say sandwiches are really having their moment, but did they ever go out of style? 

A sandwich is one of the world’s most simple culinary pleasures. Whoever first decided that putting stuff between bread means a yum time is a gosh darn genius. Although sandwiches can seem simple to make, there are people out there that have been studying the art of the sandwich and it shows.

The difference between a good sandwich and a shit sandwich is huge. We don’t want you to suffer, so we’ve put a list together of our favourite sandwiches in Melbourne.

Here are the best sandwiches in Melbourne right now.

Hanoi Hannah’s Drip Drop Banh Mi 


The Drip Drop Banh Mi is Hanoi Hannah’s new lunch sandwich that is messy in all the right ways. Think white bread roll with a crispy crust and soft centre, laced with pâtĂ© and lemongrass satay sauce and a nice juicy hunk of lemongrass chargrilled chicken.

Most importantly, a warm pho-inspired gravy is served on the side to dip, drizzle or drown the sandwich. This mouth-watering sandwich is available from today, July 8, at Hanoi Hannah’s Windsor and Elsternwick locations. It’s crunchy, it’s messy, it’s fragrant and an all round multisensory, hands-on journey. Roll your sleeves up and get to it.

Dine in or take it home.


Nico’s Sandwich Deli’s Cubano


Get your hands around this combo: smoked pork belly, grandma ham, original salad creme, picks, American mustard and cheese. Recommended to be eaten with pickled chilli and hot sauce, this Cubano is downright juicy in the best way. Nico’s Sandwich Deli has a rotating menu that heroes classic flavour combinations with a little twist. You can’t really go wrong, especially if you pair your sandwich of choice with one of their Malted Caramel Shakes. It’s a whole lotta yes.

You can dine in or take away.

Photo: @stansdeli

Specials at Stan’s Deli


Every weekend, Stan’s Sandwich Deli put up incredible sandwich specials and honestly, we can’t pick a favourite. One week you might be dazzled by a veal schnitzel bun with tomato and fennel slaw, and the next you’ll get a Jerusalem artichoke toastie with aged parmesan, horseradish mayo and Guindilla peppers. Located in the lush streets of Malvern, Stan’s has a real diner-on-an-American-highway feel to it, but slightly more aesthetically refined, refill filter coffee and all. 

Dine in or take away.

Photo: @kingwilliam_takeaway

King William’s Brigadier

Flinders Lane

This sando pulls rank on the Colonel. From a hole-in-the-wall sandwich deli in Melbourne CBD’s Flinders Lane, comes a soft white roll filled with roast free-range chicken, crispy chicken skin, traybake stuffing, zucchini slaw and their infamous secret gravy. It’s the chicken rolls of all chicken rolls. You’ve never had a chicken sandwich until you’ve had King William’s Brigadier. It’s the perfect combination of juicy chicken breast and crispy chicken skin. Should I keep going? I can.

Only available for pick-up.

Photo: @saulssandwiches

Saul’s Muffuletta


The Italian stallion of sandwiches. Saul’s Sandwiches do some bangin’ bites – pretty much every sandwich they do, they do right. But the Muffuletta is a fan favourite and it’s off the charts. Think stacks of mortadella, artichokes, provolone cheese, salami, pesto, spinach and chilli. It’s an antipasto board in a sandwich and it’s goddamn good. 

You can dine in or takeaway.

Photo: @palette_melbourne

Palette’s Candied Bacon & Cheese

North Melbourne

Palette in North Melbourne is inspired by Korean aesthetics and lifestyle, and they aim to bring different cultures together. Everything about this place is beautiful and delicious (especially the coffee), but we can’t get past their Candied Bacon & Cheese sando. Imagine: scrambled eggs with corn, candied bacon, sliced cheese and chilli jam in toasted brioche. Uhhh. Name a better breakfast sandwich, we’ll wait.

Available to dine in or takeaway.

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