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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