Goodtime Burgers

Goodtime Burgers verdict: 8.5/10

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Beef Burger: 8.5/10

Chicken Burger: 9.3/10 

Sides: 8/10

 

So why Goodtime Burgers? 

She says: We had heard (read)  good things since the kitchen had changed (full disclosure, the new chef is the brother of a friend) and we wanted to check it out, even despite the Juicy Lucy fiasco of ’14. Note: we were so hungry that the photos are some of the worst to ever grace the fair pages of this blog. I am sorry, but sometimes it happens when the immediate need for food trumps the future requirement for good pics for the blog.

He says: I didn’t have particularly fond memories of our last visit to Goodtime but a kitchen revamp coupled with a whole lot of hype and some mouth watering food porn floating online in the form of photos of their new burgers had us primed to embrace the chance for redemption. I’m glad we went back. 

What did you order?

  • The Good Ol’ Time Burger – $11
  • The Wingman – $13
  • Mac & Cheese Balls – $10
  • Truffle, Rosemary and Parmesan Fries – $7

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Tell us about the Good Ol’ Time Burger?

He says: Starving and a touch hungover this little fella couldn’t have arrived at a better time. A patty wedged between cheese, tomato, pickles, lettuce, chutney and mayo that instantly put a smile back on my face. The patty was a little overcooked for my liking but this is a minor gripe and any burger that arrives with a mac & cheese ball plunged into it’s pretty head immediately has the keys to my heart.

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She says: This was a pretty solid burger.  Not a game changer like its chicken brother but good fresh ingredients, put together well with great proportions. 

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So then, how did you find the Wingman Burger?

She says: This was my highlight, juicy fried chicken, good crisp slaw, nice proportions – so not so much chicken you sometimes forget you are eating a burger. great sauce to everything else ratio, good soft, slightly sweet bun. And bacon. Very, very nice!

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He says: This along with Radiohead’s new album and QLD state of origin victory will go down in my highlight reel of 2016. Glorious southern fried buttermilk chicken that was sheer fucking magic when married to heavenly melted American cheese, kale slaw, ‘porky pig’ bacon and a whole lot of sauce. In the upper echelon of Sydney’s finest chicken burgers and cheers for that cheeky little chicken wing skewered on top chef!

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And what about the sides? 

She says: By the time I got to the sides I was already so full, but there is nothing that can stop me when it comes to a mac and cheese ball. Great, cheesy and salty (which can sometimes be a problem) and served with the same mustardy delicious sauce as the chicken burg. And the parmesan fries were a good little goer. We ordered too much so the sides are somewhat tinged with guilt for me but I am not going to lie, I would do it all again!

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He says: The combo of G.T.B. Special Sauce with Mac & Cheese balls were the little balls of cheesy love that kept on giving. The fries were good enough but had a lack of the promised truffle, rosemary and parmesan.


|| Ground Floor, 500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction, NSW 2022 || (02) 93877828 || website||

OPENING HOURS:

LUNCH

MON to SAT 11:30AM – 4PM,

SUN 1PM – 5PM,

DINNER

MON to SAT 6PM – 10PM, SUN 5PM – 9PM

Guilty

DSC01748 (1)Guilty verdict: 9.1/10

Beef Burger (Rowdy): 9.4/10

Other Beef Burger: 8.0/10

Sides: 9/10

 

So why Guilty?

She says: This place is the (I think) third burger joint from internet burger man Jimmy’s Burgers. He has a couple of places in Melbourne and the dude seems to know his stuff. Also he uses our friend Eli’s pastrami (check out their Ruben the Eli’s Ruby when you go) so the fella must have taste.

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He says: The photos of the burgers at this place had me all sweaty and lusty like from the get go. With an ever growing list of burger joints to try (we are amidst Sydney’s burger golden age and it’s almost like there’s a new place opening every week!) this was at the top of our esteemed list.

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What did you order?

  • The Rowdy Double Jeopardy Burger – $17
  • The Kecksburger – $10
  • Tots To Life- $8

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Tell us about the Rowdy Dowdy Double Jeopardy Burger ?

He says:  This was a superb burger. The double patties, both salted and cooked to perfection, melted in the mouth upon arrival.  Add to that a sensational soft milk bun, crispy bacon, glorious cheese and juicy jalapenos (a nice alternative to pickles) and a burger star has been born.

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She saysI have never been quiet about my distaste for the double but on this menu it was really the only other viable choice and after eating it, I am so glad of that. This burger was one of my favourites this year. The patties were magical, somehow creamy and luscious but also a bit crumbly. The double meat was just right, even with the bacon, no were near the super rich meat overload of other doubles I have tried. The bun was great, soft by not too soft, the cheese was plentiful, the bacon crispy and packed with flavour, over all this burger just kicked all the goals. Try it.

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So then, how did you find the Kecksburger?

She says: Pretty significant difference between this burger and the pervious. So much so that I think perhaps we god a dud. The bun was way to tasted, resulting in a very dry, hard burger and the patty had none of its predecessor luxuriousness – it was over cooked and a bit tasteless.

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He says:  Not as good as it’s bigger sibling but still a solid little burger. The bun was a little on the stale side and the patty was overcooked a little.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says: Tater tots are some of my favourite potato incarnations. These were up there with the best, crispy, salty, doused in just enough (read actually not that much) cheese sauce, caramelised onion and bacon bits. Rich, too much but bloody awesome.

He says: Crispy tater tots covered in cheese sauce, bacon and caramelised onion that tasted even better than that just sounds. Next time I’d attempt to up the game with double cheese and chicken salt.


|| 105/46-50 Burton Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW || https://www.facebook.com/Guilty-533272270167854/ ||

HOURS: Mon-Sat 11am-12am; Sun 11am-10pm
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Big Daddy’s Burger Bar

DSC01728Big Daddy’s Burger Bar verdict: 6/10

 

Beef Burger: 5/10

Chicken Burger: 6/10

Sides: 7/10

 

So why Big Daddy’s?

He says: Being a Newtown local I’d seen this place coming up and had gawked in with interest every time I walked past. I’m a sucker for American styled diner food and when I came across a few solid reviews online there were no longer any excuses to avoid Big Daddy’s.

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She says:  As you can see form the photos this place has a lot going on. we managed to snag a booth (because booths are the way to go) and hid up the back with our hangovers.

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What did you order?

  • The SAYMYNAME Burger – $12
  • The Honey Mustard Chicken Burger – $12
  • Cheesy Fries- $8
  • 3 Chicken Wings – $7
  • Rock Salt Caramel Shake – $6

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Tell us about the SAYMYNAME Burger?

He says: Unfortunately this was really disappointing. The bun was a touch on the stale side, the patty was both way overcooked and lacking flavour (or quality meat) and there was nowhere near enough mayo. We did decide to get this one without the mushrooms (She is not a fan) so maybe that threw the flavour profile out but somehow I’m pretty sure that wasn’t the problem.

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She saysThis burger wasn’t at all my thing. The meat was the worst part. I’ll leave it at that.  

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So then, how did you find the Honey Mustard Chicken Burger?

She says: This was my preferred burger of the two (which is strange because I am not usually a fan of a grilled chicken burg) but it was still just ok. The chicken was well cooked, staying soft and moist (urgh, sorry). The mayo sauce however wasn’t quite right, it was a bit overpowering.  The bun let both of these burgers down and the shredded lettuce had a real left-out-overnight vibe. Also, there wasn’t much going on flavour wise, mostly due to the overwhelming sauce, there wasn’t a point of difference to lift the flavours.

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He says: Very fast food styled but relatively tasty. The chicken seemed as if it was poached (or maybe just microwaved) but was juicy. The addition of cheese worked well but again the burger needed more mayo.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says: The milkshake was the saving grace of this meal, if the sides score was purely on the milkshake alone they would have received a 9.5 from me. It was super thick, rich and featured nuggets of honeycomb at the bottom, which you got in every sip and spoke to me as a hokey-pokey ice cream fan. The curly fries were good on their own, and the cheese-in-a-can sauce has a weird place in my heart (next the canned spaghetti jaffles) but the bits of bacon sprinkled on top were no good. They were that dry, pink, strange bacon bits you get in your Bakers Delight cheese and bacon roll that should never be served outside such a bready home. The blue sauce that came with the chicken wings will haunt my nightmares for years to come, but the wings alone were alright – average pub food style.

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He says: A real mixed bag. The cheesy curly fries (with a whole heap of cheese sauce, sour cream and bacon on top) did the job but weren’t as good as they threatened to be upon first glance. The chicken wings were oily but did hit the spot although I’d avoid the weird blue cheese sauce next time. The Rock Salt Caramel shake was the highlight of the meal and was reminiscent of a certain ice cream flavour She seemed particularly fond of.


|| 227 King Street, Newtown, NSW, 2042 || www.bigdaddysburgerbar.com.au || (02) 95174335 ||

HOURS:

Monday to Thursday 11:00am – 10:30pm,

Friday – Sunday 11:00am to 11:00pm

 

D’munchies

DSC01693D’munchies verdict: 7/10

Beef Burger: 7/10

Chicken Burger: 7/10

Sides: 7/10

 

So why D’munchies?

She says:  This is local to us, and seemed like a cute idea. When we heard on the internet that they would be serving deep-fried, ravioli nachos and our eyeballs changed to thumbs up signs and we hightailed it over there.
He says:
Sydney’s first ‘stoner café’ as a concept would have tempted me to travel as far out into the suburbs as need be. The fact that this place opened close to the top of our street had us headed there pumped and suitably famished in their first week of business.

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  • The Dutch Oven Burger – $12
  • The J-Rizzler Chicken and Cheetohs Burger – $16
  • Curry Cheese Chips – $5

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Tell us about the Dutch Oven Burger?

He says:  Very similar in style to the type burger you’d order in a nice hotel via room service in the 90’s. The patty needed salt though and the bun, although a better brioche than I’ve had of late, was literally dripping in oil. Tasty initially but lacking a diversity in flavours and far too rich in the long run.

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She saysI disagree with His salt point, I think there was definitely enough. This burger had heaps of flavour, heaps of sauce and heaps of oil. I was a fan but we both did live to regret it. It was so buttery and rich that about half an hour after we gutsed these burgers, they knocked us for 6 and we were forced to go home and watch movies all day. The quintessential stoner past time (apart from the obvious)!

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So then, how did you find the J-Rizzler Chicken Burger?

He says: The chicken seemed to be fried for too long as the batter had fallen off the chicken itself. Definitely had a good crunch to it though and the whole burger would have improved tenfold with about triple the amount of (Cheetohs cheese) sauce as I couldn’t taste any of it. The inclusion of a, also slightly overcooked, hash brown did win me over though.

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She says: Wow – that was some crunchy chicken. Dare I say, it was too crunchy? A whole side of my bit was just dry, crunchy batter. The other side, with a better chicken to batter ratio was good though. The hashbrown scored some points and with the cheese sauce this burger also played a massive role in our taking in an afternoon movie marathon.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says: Hrmmmm curry cheese fries sounded interesting and tasted – well – interesting? The cheese wasn’t melted which always makes me sad and the curry sauce had this strange tang to it. Eating them was a bit like watching car-crash television, I couldn’t stop consuming it but I didn’t like it. The chips by themselves were real winners though. I really liked these fries – they were the reconstituted potato style and tasted like the salt was actually IN the chip rather than just on it. Delicious!

He says: The chips themselves were crunchy and had a great batter to them. The curry cheese chips didn’t really do it for me. The idea is sound but I think they might need to do a little work on the curry sauce itself as a perfect marriage with cheese and chips it does not form.


|| 170 King Street, Newtown, NSW, 2042 || (02) 8542 0030 || www.dmunchies.com.au ||

HOURS: Monday – Friday 4:20pm – 10pm. Saturday – Sunday 12pm – 10pm

 

Betty’s Burgers and Concrete Co (Qld)

DSC01628Betty’s Burgers and Concrete Co Verdict: 9/10

Beef Burger: 9.2/10

Chicken Burger: 9.2/10

Sides: 8/10

 

So why Betty’s Burgers and Concrete Co?

He says: The original Betty’s Burgers in Noosa has been a mainstay on numerous best of lists I’ve encountered whilst scouring the internet for delicious burger love. Noticing they now had another restaurant in Surfers Paradise and the fact that the gorgeous She and I were to holiday up near the border brought us here with matching excitement, expectation and hunger.

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She says: What He neglects to mention is that this Betty’s sits in a mall with the most audacious name I have head outside of Las Vegas, the “Chevron Renaissance”. The vibe of the place is somewhere between a new Hemmes joint and a fancy fast food restaurant. I am not sure if I love or hate being inside – it’s got that film set quality, nothing seems real and its all a bit repeatable. The burgers make up for it though – big time. Plus I was pretty hungry so maybe it was my bad food mood making me feel so meh.

What did you order?

  • The Betty’s Classic with Bacon Burger – $13
  • The Crispy Chicken with Bacon Burger – $13
  • French Fries – $5
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Thickshake – $8

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Tell us about the Betty’s Classic with Bacon Burger?

He says: We’ve been on a roll lately and this one continued what’s beginning to feel like a golden age for burgers. A simple and delicious American Diner styled burger with a near perfect Angus beef patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese and a wonderful special sauce. Adding bacon should be mandatory and my only qualm would be the size (I could probably have inhaled two of these in quick succession).

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She saysOur last Queensland experience was great for the company (His folks) but lacking on the burger side of things. This time the company was still terrific (again, His folks) but the burgers had upped their game. This burger was a great, trashy, Mary’s style burger. Soft, slightly sweet bun and good meat, everything was spot on. He wasn’t super happy with the size, and I can see how you could be disappointed, it was pretty small, but with chips, it was good for me.

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So then, how did you find the Crispy Chicken with Bacon Burger?

She says: Again – this burger really delivered. It was simple, trashy and great. The crispy friend chicken resembled KFC on the outside because of the herbs and spices in the crunchy batter but was super tender and nowhere near as oily/salty as KFC on the inside (read: it was ‘effing better/great than the Colonel). The cheese, tomato, lettuce, bacon and special sauce were all fresh and perfectly balanced to make a killer burg.

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He says: On par with its beefy counterpart. Like a fancy KFC burger and the special sauce shined again. The chicken itself seemed like it was breaded and managed to be juicy and crispy whilst providing suitable spice and flavour from the batter.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says: The chips were your average shoestring fries, but they really suited to rich trashy burger, so no complaints here (good salt, nice accompanying sauces). The milkshake was pretty damn fine – you can see from the picture that it was so thick it held the straw upright (it sat like that for a good few minutes).

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He says: The fries did their job and were raised to the next level when smothered in dipping sauces. The thickshake was as good as any in the land (and refreshingly was a thick enough to warrant the name). I am still haunted by our lame decision to not order a concrete as they looked they were banging good as well.


|| Chevron Renaissance, Shop 12-14, 3240 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise, QLD, 4217 || www.bettysburgers.com.au ||

HOURS: Open 7 days 10am – Late

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New Britannia

DSC01595New Britannia verdict: 9/10

Beef Burger: 9.5/10

Chicken Burger: 9.5/10

Sides: 8/10

 

So why The New Britannia?

He says: Full disclosure – a friend is involved in the establishment of this new bar on Cleveland street. However the fact that the kitchen is responsible for the same burgers as those found at Raven’s Eye, Henrietta Supper Club and the Neighbourhood in Bondi resulted in my patronage not at all being based on nepotism.

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She says: This is the new bar where Millennium Pizza used to be (they still do pizza). It’s still a bit of a weird space – half of it feels like a trendy new small hole in the wall and the other half feels like a hotel lobby bar. They have board games though. And keep an eye out for the super interesting guest book.

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What did you order?

  • The Dodger Burger – $15
  • The Dirty Bird Burger – $16
  • Beer Battered Chips with Curry Spiced Salt – $7
  • Mac & Cheese – $9

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Tell us about the Dodger Burger?

He says:  A glorious new star in the bourgeoning burger wars of Sydney. Arguably the best bun I’ve had all year houses a sublime patty, American cheese, tomato, iceberg lettuce, pickles, onions and a secret sauce that would fuck with the best of them. This little fella is allegedly inspired by In n Out burger and we accordingly added bacon (you should too!).

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She says I didn’t have super high expectations of the burgers at The New Brittania because to be honest I hadn’t heard anything on the nerd about it and usually if there is a good burger, the Fatties (see Fatties Burger Appreciation Society of FB) will have sniffed it out way before we get to it. But, when this came out and I saw it in its beauty, I knew we were in for a good burg. It was jaw droppingly good. Really good bun, rich and buttery without being to heavy, great balance between all the ingredients – fresh crunchy salad with high quality meat patty, and bacon that added that extra punch. The only drawback is that it wasn’t huge – but I probably would have made myself sick if it was.

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So then, how did you find the Dirty Bird Burger?

She says: I didn’t quite understand from my first bite how awesome this burger was going to be. I wasn’t expecting the slight blue cheese tang (note to self: read the menu) but as soon as I got my head around it, this burger was poetry. The blue cheese is ever so slight and rather than adding a touch of mouldy foot, it gives depth, richness (and salt) to the mix. With crispy fried chicken, bacon cheese and that same rich buttery bun and this burger shot to the top of my ‘burgers I dream about just before lunch time, bed time and breakfast’ list.

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He says: On par if not better than its beef brethren. The fried chicken goodness melted in my mouth and, although I’m not normally a fan of it on burgers, the blue cheese lifted the whole thing to another level. Outstanding.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says: The chips with curry salt were next level – we ordered chips by themselves to start (because we are ridiculous and who doesn’t love a hot chip entree) but they also came with the burger. There was a pretty big difference between the crunch of the two. Both were really good but the second batch were far superior crunch wise. The mac and cheese was a looker no doubt but not super flavourful, it was kind of the battler of this meal – but that would be easy, all the other foodstuffs were like the snooty older sister who will always do everything a bit better than you can.

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He says: The fries were simple but delicious and lifted by the curry spiced salt (and highly recommended addition of aioli as a dipping sauce). The mac n cheese was solid but lacked a little flavour and either needed salt, sharper cheese or both.


|| 103 Cleveland Street, Darlington, NSW, 2008 || Facebook ||

HOURS:

Monday to Saturday: 12pm – 12am

Sunday: 12pm – 10pm

 

Chicken and Sons Pop Up at Bald Faced Stag

DSC01556Chicken and Sons Pop Up verdict: 8 /10

Beef Burger: 7.5/10

Chicken Burger: 9.1/10

Sides: 7.5/10

 

So why Chicken and Sons?

He says: We’d been tossing up checking them out over at their Chatswood home so when they instigated a pop up in an inner west pub we really had no excuses. Was also a fan of the burgers at the Local Taphouse back in the day and I understand they are borne of the same hands.

She says:  Honestly, His burger obsession is getting worse. He now has a hundred entry strong list of burgers we need to try across the country. This was on that list. Also – why not spend your Saturday hanging out at a dodgy old pub on Paramatta Rd. Seriously though, the main pub is pretty old fashioned. It smelled mostly like cricket and TAB. Lucky they have a nice little beer garden our the back.

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What did you order?

  • The Angus Beef Burger with Bacon – $18
  • The Buttermilk Fried Chicken Burger – $14
  • Truffled Mac ‘N’ Cheesy Chips – $12

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Tell us about the Angus Beef Burger?

He says: A tidy burger featuring a flat iron and short rib pattie accompanied by American cheese, pickles, onion, tomato, lettuce and secret sauce (and of course we added bacon). Pattie and secret sauce were on point but I wasn’t a massive fan of the bun (too doughy) and there was way too much Spanish onion. The groundwork is there for a future classic with a bit of tinkering.

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She saysI have said it before and I will say it again, Spanish onion has no place on a burger. Unlike Him I didn’t have any objections to the bun but for me the  pattie and the bacon didn’t have a huge amount of flavour. The sauces were great though and for a pub bugrer it was definitely above average.

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So then, how did you find the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Burger?

She says: This was the star burger of the day, crispy fired chicken, fresh and zesty coleslaw, lashings of sauce – all very good. The fried chicken on its own did have a hint of that old-oil-fair-ground-food taste but in the burger it was a dream. I really liked this one. He got all the pickles though. More pickles would have been nice but I wasn’t distraught at the lack of them.

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He says: With a name like Chicken and Sons you’d imagine the chicken burger would be their forte and they didn’t disappoint. The buttermilk chicken itself was fucking outstanding and I’d happily swim in a river of the chipotle aioli involved with this one. One of Sydney’s better chicken burgers.

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Now, what about the sides?

He says: Truffles, cheese and fries are three of my favourite things so I nearly lost the plot when I saw they had Truffled Mac ‘n’ Cheesy chips on the menu. The generous serving of fries were cooked golden to perfection but I didn’t sense any truffle action going on and the mac n cheese was ok but nothing to write home about (a touch on the bland side and needed either a sharper cheese or some pepper). On the whole though they deserve full points for ambition and innovation as it was tasty enough in its’ own way.

She says:  The mac and cheese fried were a bit of a pointless smoosh together. The fries by them selves – great, would get them again in a second. But the mac and cheese on top was a bit to try and didn’t really combine with the chips at all, the cheese wasn’t melted and the béchamel was a bit too dry to use to sip the fries into. I think I was expecting a more of a mac and cheese poutine (which sounds amazing if I  do say so my self).


|| 345 Parramatta Road, Leichhardt, 2040 || Chicken and Sons website || Bald Faced Stag website ||

 

HOURS:

Tuesday – Thursday: 12pm-3pm and 5pm – 9pm

Friday – Saturday: 12pm – 9:30pm

Sunday: 12pm – 9:30pm

Monday: Closed
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Pub Life X Barrio Chino Pop Up at Deus Café

DSC01088Pub Life X Barrio Chino Pop Up at Deus Café verdict: 9.5/10

Beef Burger: 9.7/10

Chicken Burger: 9.4/10

Sides: 8.5/10

 

So why Pub Life X Barrio Chino?

She says: This was two of the greats coming together. Any burger fan knows both of these joints spit out some awesome snacks. It would be crazy to have missed it. In saying that – I think it closes in a couple of days so if you want to check it out, get a wriggle on!! The overall verdict should have lost a few points because it took so long for us to get our burgers (but the food was so good.. and we are suckers). We waited for what felt like a really long time and I had to be restrained from stealing food from other tables. By the time they arrived I was panic-hungry (thus the blur in some of the photos).

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He says: Considering the parties involved this is a fairly redundant question.

What did you order?

  • The Cheese Burger with Bacon – $16
  • The Fried Chicken Burger – $14
  • Chicken Nuggets – $12
  • Dirty Fries – $7

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Tell us about the Cheese Burger?

He says: Close to perfection. Everything I loved about Barrio Chino and Pub Life (and burgers in general) all rolled into one heavenly package. Between the patty, M’Clures pickles, American cheese, soft bun and to die for dirty sauce you have a burger you could pretty much start a religion for. Also massive props for the crunchy bacon add on. This is the swag shit right here.

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She saysFirstly can I just point out again that we were RAVENOUS by the time our burgers came. That is why the first picture sucks so heavily. I am the photographer, please accept my apology. But this burger? Poetry! This was a smashing little burger. I second everything He says above. Just a dream burg.

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So then, how did you find the Fried Chicken Burger?

He says: Like the cheese burger but replacing the world class patty with fried chicken that as good any I’ve come across. Crunchy on the outside whilst being perfectly moist and juicy on the inside. The green siracha mayo took on champ status as well.

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She says: The fried chicken was perfect, the great bun and condiments held it together the chicken version and all balanced really well. This was another really special burger.

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Now, what about the sides?

He says: The buttermilk fried chicken nuggets were a very generous serve but I preferred dunking them in the dirty sauce than the provided Gochujo hot sauce. The dirty fries were immense (all fries should be coated in dirty sauce and cheese sauce from here on in)

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She says: The fried chicken sauce was straight out weird. Theory is that it might have been off – it was super sour,  vinegary and not nice. Luckily the chicken itself was amazing – crunchy but still really luscious in the middle –  and was fine by itself or as He mentions dunked in the dirty sauce. The fries were full on but they were super moreish and pretty great.


|| 98 Parramatta Road, Camperdown, NSW, 2050 || Website ||

 

HOURS:

Monday – Friday 730am – 10 pm,

Saturday: 7:30 – 10pm,

Sunday: 9am – 3pm

 
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Paradise Road Diner

DSC01344Paradise Road Diner verdict: 8/10

Beef Burger: 8.5/10

Chicken Burger: 7/10

Sides: 8/10

 

So why Paradise Road Diner?

She says: We had some friends in town and one of them was gagging to go to the junction to ‘see if anything had changed’. So we thought why not? In the east, eat a burg. That is our motto. (I used to live in North Bondi and there was a part of me that is cross that this place has popped up since I have left and the rest of me was interested to give it a go having heard many, many good things.)

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He says: The photos of these guys on the interwebs always presented one handsome looking burger. There website states that they are going for Modern Americana food with a ‘South of the Dixie Line’ influence.

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What did you order?

  • The Cheese Burger with Bacon – $16
  • The Southern Fried Chicken Burger – $15
  • Chilli Cheese Fries – $8
  • Mac & Cheese – $8
  • Coleslaw – $5

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Tell us about the Cheese Burger?

He says: As suggested this was a beautiful looking burger that housed a patty, two types of cheese, iceberg lettuce, tomato, pickles, aioli and tomato relish. There wasn’t much to fault here but I could have done with the patty being a little rarer and with more salt.

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She saysOverall this was a pretty solid burger. The good patty, lots of sauce and delicious bacon put this squarely in the ‘would eat again with pleasure’ box. I wasn’t crazy about the bun but I also think that I have had my heart stolen by the milk bun, and i can never come back from there.

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So then, how did you find the Southern Fried Chicken Burger?

She says: Wow – what a strange burger. The salad bits were good and fresh, the avo was creamy (maybe a little over pureed for my specific tastes), and the fried chicken was doused in a very generous amount of Frank’s Hot Sauce.  I really liked the flavours in isolation but the Frank’s on a burger really threw me. I couldn’t get past it and for me it wasn’t something I would eat again. I wished we had ordered one of the other burgs to try, there were so many I liked the look of.

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He says: This wasn’t so much my thing. The chicken itself was well battered and juicy but although I’m a massive fan of Frank’s hot sauce on buffalo wings, I found here it gave too much of an overpowering vinegar hit to the entire burger. Again, as I’ve often stated, I feel avocado has absolutely no business being on a burger.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says: This is controversial and makes me feel like a traitor to my fast food leanings but man, that coleslaw was the stand out highlight of the meal. It was crispy, fresh and perfectly balanced. The chopped cornichons were fantastic and cut through the oil of the mayonnaise based dressing. The chilli fries were addictive but not necessarily the best I have tried, heavy on the meat with an almost Bolognese taste (wait is that how it is supposed to be?), it was too much for me. The mac and cheese was a winner with great cheese and salt levels (which is rare) but so rich I felt like I needed to do a few laps up and down Curlewis Street (BONDI REFERENCE) to feel human again.

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He says: Chilli Cheese fries are always one of those things I like in theory but am continually reassessing my thoughts for as I find the chilli in the most part heavy and overpowering. The ones here did little to change my mind although I’m more than happy to bear some of the blame there. The Mac & Cheese was as good as any I’ve had of late and the coleslaw (not something we’d usually order as a side) which had the genius addition of cornichons was almost my highlight of the meal.

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Bare Grill

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Bare Grill verdict: 9/10

Beef Burger: 9.4/10

Other Beef Burger: 8.5/10

Sides: 7/10

 

So why The Bare Grill?

She says: Finding this little gem was all Him and his near obsessive scouring of the internet. Bare and Grill is out of the way for us but we had friends in town (Hi Dan and Dre!) and had an out of town wedding to head to, so thought we would stop in on the way.

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He says: The sight of these banging hot looking burgers were becoming ubiquitous on the net of late (easily attributed to this place due to the ‘branding’ in the buns). Also hadn’t been to La Perouse and, with some friendly overseas visitors in tow, this served as the first stop en route to a Kiama wedding.

What did you order?

  • The Fatties Burger – $13
  • The Outback Burger – $15
  • Malt Milkshake- $5.50
  • Chips – $4

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Tell us about the Fatties Burger?

He says: I was expecting this to be solid but was taken aback by how delicious it was. The patties were thick, juicy, cooked to perfection and formed an irresistible union with the bacon, cheese and pickles. The house sauce ranked as one of the great burger sauces of the Southern Hemisphere and luckily for all involved they were very generous with it. Possibly a smaller and softer style milk bun might rank this bad boy even higher but all in all a sensational burger.

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She saysThis burger is seriously good. It was a double patty burger so I used my usual ‘just take one out’ approach (will offer courses in this technique somewhere down the road). The remaining patty had that great char grilled taste and sat at the perfect point between good greasy and bad greasy. The sauces were just right, and all the flavours balanced well. The bun did tend to fall apart a little but that was really the only criticism. Great bacon. Great cheese. Great burger.

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So then, how did you find the Outback Burger?

He says: I was more of a fan of this than She. This one featured the aforementioned exceedingly on point patty and house sauce and pushed in the direction of a quintessentially ‘Aussie’ styled burger (egg, bacon, tomato, sautéed onion, lettuce and beetroot relish). Maybe a bit too much going on here but if you’re into an Oz styled burger with the lot methinks you’d fall for this one.

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She says: This burger was good but not so much my thing. It was still pretty good but it lacked that balance and near perfection of the first burger. The extra ingredients seemed to be thrown on willy-nilly and for me for some reason the egg just didn’t work.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says:  The milkshake and chips were perfectly fine, no complaints!

He says:  Chips were fairly standard but delicious nonetheless (make sure you get a side of house sauce to dip them into). Malt milkshake was appropriately rich as well.


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HOURS: Open 7 days 11am – Late (except Thursday open 11am – 3pm)

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