Bernie’s Diner

|| 402 – 404 Argyle Street, Moss Vale, NSW, 2577 ||

dsc02092Bernie’s Diner Verdict: 6/10

Beef Burger: 7/10

Chicken Burger: 3/10

Sides: 7.5/10

So why Bernie’s Diner?

 

 

He says: A Southern Highlands sojourn beckoned and we would be batshit crazy if we didn’t check out what the area had to offer burger wise. According to the interwebs this was the spot.dsc02091

She says: When we go away, anything from a longish drive to an overnight stay, He always manages to find somewhere cool to get a burger. This place is great looking from the outside, old-school diner vibe and easy to find.

What did you order?

The Bernie’s Burger – $13

The Vegas Baby Burger – $11

Cheese Fries- $8

Vanilla Malt Thickshake – $8

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Tell us about the Bernie’s Burger?

He says: Unlike the immaculate 50’s diner style architecture we were surrounded by in Bernie’s their namesake burger borrowed from the legends that are the classic Australian local milk bar/fish and chips shop burger. Think burger with the lot (including the quintessential stalwarts, bacon, egg, pineapple and cheese). Thoroughly enjoyable old school goodness here.

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She saysHaving totally converted to pineapple on burgers, I was pretty excited to give this one a go. This burger was huge, had everything in it and would be totally passable for a hangover cure. If I was going to be picky I would mention the meat, which was a bit overcooked and oily.  But the cheese on this burger was plentiful and well melted, which makes such a difference and while it was not 100 percent my thing, I can see this burger having many loyal fans.

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So then, how did you find the Vegas Baby Burger?

She says:  Its been a while since I have had chicken burger that didn’t blow me away and this burger left me a bit cold. The chicken inside seemed like it might have been pre-batered and frozen. It was super tasteless and could have been a fish finger. The lettuce did have a good crunch, I dig the shredded lettuce on a chicken burg but the cheese wasn’t melted properly and the mayonnaise was wrong tasting, it had that weird texture of the stuff they use in the RSL.  I found it really hard to find positives with this guy.

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He says: Unfortunately this wasn’t my thing. Main issue would be they use a mayonnaise like the ones I used to fear at the school tuckshop (definitely not whole egg style). The chicken here also didn’t quite live up to expectations.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says: The cheese fries are a thing of beauty, they are essentially just really hot chips with chese mixed thorugh to melt. They are rich as a social influencer at a yoga festival though so I would limit yourself to a few bites. Oh yeah – the thickshake, it was killer. I hogged the whole thing and it was worth it.

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He says: The cheese fries were worth the trip alone and were nothing more than a generous serve of golden fries coated in a vat of melted cheese. The thickshake was also a cracker.

|| 402-404 Argyle Street, Moss Vale, NSW, 2577 || www.berniesdiner.com.au|| HOURS: Open Seven Days 6am – 10pm

 

Burgers Anonymous

DSC01812Burgers Anonymous verdict: 8.5/10

 

Beef Burger: 8.5/10

Chicken Burger: 8.5/10

Sides: 8.5/10

 

So why Burgers Anonymous?

He says:  A long gestating proposal to share a burger with the awesome Bianca from For Food’s Sake resulted at us hitting up Burger’s Anonymous.

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She says: Like he says, it was almost the burger date that never happened. But then it did, and it was a heap of fun.

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What did you order?

  • The Eazy-E Burger with Crack Bacon – $14
  • The Chooklyn Burger with cheese – $15
  • Maple Mayhem Chicken Wings – $8
  • Loaded Fries – $6

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Tell us about the Eazy-E Burger?

He says:  This was great without being outstanding. Pretty close to an upmarket Hungry Jacks burger in taste. I’d prefer a softer bun and the patty a little more on the pink side but these are minor quibbles. The BA sauce raised the game tenfold and you’d be a total dick if you didn’t add crack bacon to this bad boy.

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She saysPretty solid burger, not outstanding but if I lived close by this would definitely be one of my staples. The insides were great but I think the bun let it down. I wasn’t crazy about the bun on either of these burgers, it was perhaps a bit too ry?

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So then, how did you find the Chooklyn Burger?

She says: That piece of chicken was huge, and cooked really well! This burger was easily my favourite, nice crisp salad, great warm cheese  and tonnes of sauce. Again, a solid burger that you would go back for.

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He says:  A chicken schnitzel styled patty that did wonders when combined that BA sauce and sweet BBQ. Again a bit of a bun issue here but damn if it was freaking delicious.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says: The chicken wings were great – sticky and sweet but with nice moist chicken inside. The fries were decadent and delicious however not for the faint hearted (they would be great friends with a hangover.)

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He says: I was a massive fan of both of these. The loaded fries had the aforementioned bang on BA sauce (seriously you dunk anything in this and it would taste delicious) with Crack Bacon and I’m a fan of a sweet and spicy combo when it comes to wings these were right up my alley.


|| 80 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010 || Instagram || HOURS: Open seven days 11:30am – 3:00pm and 6:00pm – 10:00pm

 

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

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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Burgers By Josh Pop Up


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Beef Burger: 9.4/10

Other Beef Burger: 8.5/10

Sides: 9/10

[Photo credit: Burgers by Josh Facebook Page]

So why Burgers By Josh?

He says: We missed his tenure at Danno’s in Dee Why and his various pop ups throughout Sydney and, after hearing nothing but rapturous recommendations about this guys burgers, there was no fucking way we were missing him this time.

She says:  Josh’s reputation precedes him. His work at Danno’s was received so well that we look like big idiots having missed it (well, Dee Why though… come on!). Also – I work in the veritable food desert that is North Sydney so any chance to see Him during the work day AND eat a burg is not to be sniffed at! (Note: Burgers by Josh have announced they will be open at North Sydney’s Upperdeck through the month of January, so get in quick!)

What did you order?

  • The J Burger – $13
  • The Infamous Primo Burger – $20
  • Jurassic Fries – $12

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Tell us about the J Burger?

She says: Firstly, the actual burger in real life is not blurred. The burger here is blurred because of my excitement to get stuck in. And I was right to be exited. This was a lovely little burger. Good soft bun, the perfect amount of melted American cheese, great pickles and a good sharp onion. And awesome amount of really flavoursome J Sauce. This was one of the few burgers that did not leave us wishing for more sauce.

He says: An exercise in simplicity that serves as an instant classic. I’d sleep on a pillow of patties like this and don’t even start me on the J Sauce. Great stuff.

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So then, how did you find the Infamous Primo Burger?

He says: I love a double patty but there seemed like there was maybe just too much going on here for my liking. Everything on its own (bacon, iceberg lettuce, double American cheese, onion rings, jalapenos and jalapeno poppers) was sound but I could maybe survive by dropping one. Still this was another great burger nonetheless.

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She says: It’s no secret that I just put up with the double patty because I know He loves them, and really, how hard is it just top remove a patty? Well – actually here it was pretty hard because the patties were expertly glued together with melted American cheese slices. So – my burger fell apart, but it was still good, but it was so rich it made me wish we had post-burger snooze hammocks at work. It is like the J Burger on steroids and dressed to party. So maybe only order it if you are on steroids and dressed to party.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says: As the person who ate most of the Jurassic fries I can report that they were pretty bloody more-ish. The type of snack where you aren’t quite sure about at first but then you keep going back until they are nearly gone and He isn’t back from feeding the meter so you have to spread the remaining fries around to make it look like you didn’t eat quite so many. But then you eat more of the spread out fries and the game is up, He comes back you are obviously a guts who ate all the fries!

He says: These were next level. Perfectly crisp beer battered fries coated in the respectively magnificent cheese and Primo sauces.


|| Greenwood Plaza, 36 Blue Street, North Sydney, NSW, 2060 (NOW CLOSED but opened again at North Sydney’s Upperdeck through the month of January) || www.burgersbyjosh.com ||

HOURS:

Tues 11:30 – 2:30

Wed- Fri 11:30am – 9pm

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The Standard (Hobart)

IMG_6805The Standard (Hobart) verdict: 8.5/10

Beef Burger: 8.5/10

Chicken Burger: 7/10

Sides: 8/10 

 

So why The Standard?

He says: Faced with a weekend away in stunning Hobart with a special group of friends it would be a tragedy if we didn’t check out what was on offer burger wise. Blog investigations and personal recommendations lead us to this place with the advice that we were in for some cracking burgers.

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She says: We eat burgers wherever we go and sometimes it can be a not so positive experience (check out the Wambi Whopper if you dare). I have to admit, underestimated Hobart’ ability to offer up such a cool burger experience. The ads for Tassie are all mountains and nature, cheese and wine, but the Standard is pretty cool and hip. Tucked into a back alley, behind another less-cool milk bar style burger shop (poor guys) and off a main street, you kind of have to seek it out. And the décor is effortlessly cool, the ceiling is covered with paper light-shades and it is more of a burger bar than a restaurant. 

What did you order?

  • Cowboy burger – $11
  • Los Pollos Hermanos burger – $12
  • Animal Fries – $10
  • Chicken Popplers – $7
  • Oreo Malted Shake – $8

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Tell us about the Cowboy Burger?

He says: We were going to devour the regular Standard burger but the lovely staff recommended this bad boy. Incredibly flavoursome patty well cooked that was well complimented by tasty bacon, pickles cheese and mayo. The onions were perhaps a little on the sweet side for my taste but this is a wonderful burger and that is a minor gripe.

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She saysThis burger wouldn’t be for everyone. The patty is super thin and cooked through. Kind of like the Five Guys patties I tried that time I was in New York There. There is a generous layer of pickles and the cheese and mayo played their part well. It was a very compact burger so if you are looking for heft, this wouldn’t be for you. But I liked it.

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So then, how did you find the Los Pollos Hermanos Burger?

He says: The actual fried chicken involved in this was bordering on perfection but the combo of blue cheese and red hot sauce made it incredibly rich and harder to get through. Not sure if I’m a massive fan of blue cheese on a burger so we really only have ourselves to blame. My friend Neil a member of this country’s fried chicken cognoscenti went for another less rich chicken burger (the Reverse Cowgirl) and proclaimed it to be the “best burger he’s had in his life”. Next time I’m having what he had.

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She says: I reckon this was just a poor choice on our part. Blue cheese and Frank’s Hot sauce tastes like a spicy sock. I think people should choose one or the other, but not both. The chicken was great in and of itself but next time I too would order the atrociously named ‘Reverse Cowgirl’ (really guys??).

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 Now, what about the sides?

She says: More weirdness – the weirdest weird actually – the Chicken Poppers. They were these strange giant chicken nugget type things were filled with what can only be described as chicken extender – very strange, not terrible but I definitely wouldn’t be interested in more than a bite (okay perhaps with a hangover these would work – the same way a oven cooked fish finger seems like a viable choice after a night on the cans). But don’t worry, because the animal fries swooped on in to save the day. They were so so rich, salty and doused in a tangy cheesy sauce. The bacon jam escorted them swiftly acorss the line them to bad/good, wrong/right territory.

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He says: The animal fries so fucking good they’re almost worth the heart attack they’d no doubt engineer if you ate them on a regular basis. I’d put them right up there with my personal favourite at Dr. Faustus. The malted oreo shake tasted as good as it sounded. The Chicken Popplers were just plain weird. Like a chicken nugget with strange processed dim sim type chicken meat. Not sure what they were going for with this but it was about the only thing I strongly disagreed with in our brief and otherwise delicious visit.

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|| Hudson Lane, Liverpool Street, Hobart, TAS, 7000  || (03) 62341888|| Facebook ||

HOURS:

Open seven days, Mon-Sun: 11am – 10pm

 

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Dr. Faustus

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Dr. Faustus verdict 8.5/10

Beef Burger: 8.5/10
Pork Rib Burger: 9/10
Sides: 8.5/10

 

 

So why Dr. Faustus?

She says: This one has been sitting quietly on our list for a while and the subject of recommendations from some of our burger enthusiast blogger friends (looking at you Bianca). Also – I sooked out of waiting in the line at the Ume pop up – it was just too sad to stand in a line that wasn’t moving, for a burger… I felt like a (hungry) dork.

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He says: We rocked up to the Ume in Surry Hills for their pop up burger day but, after finding the large queue out the front a little on the daunting side, we made a snap decision to walk down to Dr Faustus instead.

What did you order?

  • Beef Bun – $16
  • Pork Rib Bun- $16
  • Drunken Fries – $12
  • Cereal Milk – $6

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Tell us about the Beef burger?
He says: In terms of taste this was like a gourmet Big Mac (which is by no means criticism). The sauce, cheese, pickles and bun on this were on point but it was slightly let down by the patty. It was overcooked (the menu claimed it would be rare) and had a strange hard texture to it. In saying that it did pack a punch in terms of flavour. If it were cooked to perfection I would definitely have seen myself scoring this one higher.

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She says: This was a super luxurious, rich burger. I really liked the nod to macaques (set apart by the high quality ingredients and meat which actually had flavour) and was a big fan of the freshness of the salad bits. The patty was a little overcooked but I was still really impressed with this one.

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So then, how did you find the Pork Rib Burger?

She says: I am going to go right out and say that this is my favourite pork burger in Sydney to date. The pork was cooked to perfection and fell apart as you bit it, with the exception of the piece of crackling with added a great textural counterpoint. The cabbage was fresh and flavourful without detracting from the great richness of the pork but cutting through the fat. The flavours and textures were perfect with this one, with the soft bun perfectly housing this culinary poem.

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He says: This was motherfucking delicious! It was a great point of difference to have a rib as opposed pulled pork serving in the centre. The rib itself was gloriously juicy and had the added bonus of having crackling. When you matched it with the slaw and sauce you had quite the couple. I found myself reminiscing over this bad boy later in the day and drooling appropriately.

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And what about the sides?

He says: The Drunken Fries were fries coated in the burger sauce with American cheese and onions peppered throughout. Although a little on the rich side and perhaps lacking imagination they were ridiculously good and I found it hard to resist the temptation to keep stuffing them in my mouth. The Cereal Milk had me all nostalgic and it was also quite the moment to witness She try Fruit Loops for the first time.

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She says: The burgers came with chips which were classic american fries style. The drunken fries  took those chips once step further and were pretty full on flavour wise. If was actually drunk though they would have been a great late night snack. Actually  they were a good snack anyway, in that way that leaves you feeling guilty as you picture the arteries around your entire body quietly clogging. The cereal milk was amazing but at the same time exactly what you expect, milk that tastes like it has had cereal in it. There was the choice of coco-pops of Fruit Loops, and we chose Fruit Loops and it was magical.

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|| 380 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010 || http://drfaustus.com.au || 0416 914 170 ||

HOURS:
Tuesday – Thursday: 5PM – 10pm
Friday: 11AM – 10PM
Saturday: 9AM – 10PM
Sunday: 9AM – 4PM
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Surly’s

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Surly’s verdict: 8.5/10

Beef Burger: 8/10

Chicken Burger: 8.5/10

Sides: 9/10

 

 

Why this place?

She says: Each week we spend countless hours working out where to go for smash burgers on the weekend. He texted me about this one about mid-week and as we got closer to the weekend, we noticed a little bit of related internet chat regarding Surly’s too so obviously we invited our friends and turned up before they opened on Saturday and waited outside until they would let us in.

He says: With our work hours it’s rare to get to a chance to attend the early days of a new burger joint. After seeing this one on the interwebs and being blessed by living close by and having a Saturday free, we assembled with friends for an epic Anzac Day feast.

What did you order?

*        The Surly Burger with Bacon: $13

*           The Cajun chicken Burger: $14

*           Bacon Cheese Fries: $10

*           Chilli Cheese Nachos: $14

*           Buffalo Hot Wings: $12

*           Fried Chicken (3/pc): $15

(It wasn’t just us though okay – don’t judge us!!)

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Tell us about the Surly Burger with Bacon?

He says: This was a solid little champ of a burger. The patty was flavoursome and well cooked, and although not a massive fan of the bun (a touch dry and doughy) the Surly’s sauce and American cheese rounded this out well. As always the addition of bacon was a masterstroke.

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She says: This was a good burger and He is right, the bacon was a star. Good ratio of succulent meat to fresh light salad and generous lashings of sauce takes this burger to the ‘food you think off as you are drifting to sleep’ category. I recommend highly washing it down with a glass of Blue Moon beer (served with a slice of orange).  

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

She says:  FINALLY – a grilled chicken burger that doesn’t suck! It was great. I thought about telling Him how great I thought it was while I was eating but didn’t because it wouldn’t have been worth stopping. The chicken was cooked and seasoned to perfection – succulent and juicy – it ticked all the right boxes. Again – generous sauce and bacon, this has to be one of the top grilled chicken burgers going around.

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He says: As has been well documented on this blog neither She nor I are particularly big fans of grilled chicken on burgers. This however was one of those rare exceptions which I put down to the chicken being seriously juicy and tender (avoiding the dry pitfalls of so many before them). Had a similar issue with the bun as mentioned earlier and I didn’t get that much of a Cajun vibe from the seasoning but was a big fan of the provolone cheese and all in all it was a delightful little burger.

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And what about the sides?

He says: For me this was where it was at. Utilizing the extra bodies we had at hand we were able to try more of the sides than we usually would. The Bacon fries were outstanding and I’m a sucker for that plastic-esque liquid American cheese sauce. The Nachos were also next level and would put out a special shout out to the chips themselves which seemed home made. The Buffalo wings were as good as any I’ve had in Sydney and they had a ranch sauce that lifted it further into side heaven. The MAc n Cheese was also ridiculously rich and moreish even without a crunchy top or the addition of bacon which are normally a staple in my book. Only the fried chicken was a little lacking as I felt it could have done with a hint of spice and a thinner batter. I’ve already made plans to head back to Surly’s next week to attack their smoked meats and imbibe their cocktails. A welcome addition to the area.

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She says: Apologies about the picture – the buffalo wings looked so good I evidently took one (blurry) photo, thought ‘good enough’ and jumped in. They tasted as good as they looked (IRL). They were classically sticky, tangy and fluro orange and were served with a ranch sauce (which could have been a bit stronger – or maybe I was hankering for a blue sauce instead). The fries were outta sight, covered in bacon and cheesy sauce. I wasn’t as taken with the nachos or the mac and cheese as Him but they were still pretty good. This was a great place to bring a group. Get on board!

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|| 182 Campbell Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010 || www.surlys.com.au ||  02 93313705 ||

 

HOURS

Tuesday – Sunday: 12pm-12am

Monday: Closed

 

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The Hayberry Bar and Diner

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The Hayberry Bar and Diner: 9/10

Beef Burger: 9.3/10

Chicken Burger: 8.5/10

Sides: 9/10

 

Why this place?

She says: I found this place (yep, I am going to claim it proudly) though my trawling of the Fatties Burger Appreciation Society page on Facebook (shouts to all the Fatties!). If you like burgers, you probably already know about that page and if you don’t know about it then take a good hard look at yourself, question how much you do love burgers and  then look it up. Back to the burgers – The Hayberry is a cool little addition to the north end of town. If that was my home turf, I would it would have been just what I was waiting for.

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He says: We’d both stumbled across this place online (particularly wowed by the photos of waffle fries) and after securing car for the day we thought it a good time to head over the bridge.

What did you order?

  • The Classic Cheese burger – $15
  • The Hay.F.C Chicken burger – $17
  • Cheese and Bacon Fries – $10
  • Popcorn Chicken – $12

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Tell us about the Cheese Burger?

He says: Hard to really ask for more in a cheese burger. A superb patty (with that juicy melt in your mouth quality) wedged between a heap of cheese, pickles and onions all on a bun that housed this blessed union with aplomb. Perfect execution of flavours served to make this a sensational burger!

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She says: This was such a good little classic. The bun was nice and soft. It had a bit more of a brioche texture than I usually like but it worked here. The patty was cooked well, not dry and really flavourful. It doesn’t look like much in the photo but it was really tasty. The pickles and American mustard were also just right. This was a really good cheeseburger. I would highly recommend!

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So then, how did you find the Chicken Burger?

She says: The chicken burger was really enjoyable (not up the greatness of the cheese burger though which was my favourite). The chicken was juicy and had a nice batter. Good, well melted cheese and nice thinly chopped iceberg.  For me there was just a bit too much chicken and not quite enough mayo but honestly, thats probably just me being picky.

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He says: I enjoyed this a whole lot more than She and if it just had a little more sauce on it I’d rate it even higher. Although lacking in quantity the hickory mayo was an absolute star and the perfect match for the southern fried chicken. Next time I’ll be adding pineapple as well.

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And what about the sides?

He says: Upon ordering we were devastated in hearing that, due to an unforeseen shipping debacle, the waffle fries were off the menu today. Steve, the legend who served us, attempted to curb our sorrow by upgrading our normal side of fries to the bacon and cheese variety – oh sheeit he was successful! Crisp french fries covered in melted cheese and bacon and then smothered in a decadent hickory BBQ sauce and mayo. It was as decadent as it sounds and utterly delicious! The popcorn chicken was just as good and I actually felt a tinge of sadness when the last one was devoured. The Hayberry is just what Crows Nest needed and next time I’m wearing my drinking shoes.

She says:  I realised first that there was a chip related issue when I looked around and saw there wasn’t a waffle-cut fry to be seen amongst our fellow diners. We were both pretty excited about giving them a go and some of us may have been more devastated than others that they couldn’t taste what appears to be one awesome way to cut a chip. But the cheese and bacon fries really did hold their own (and I stopped sulking like a giant baby). They were so ridiculously good that I could already tell that future hungover me would think back to them in moments of particular struggle. The popcorn chicken was also pretty great. It didn’t really look quite how I had expected, on first glance appearing more like calamari than chicken. The taste taste however was spot on and reminded me a bit of the chicken from the Nighthawk Diner burger. It was really nicely seasoned and had a thin coating with a bit of crunch. Top notch.


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Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 4pm-midnight,

Friday & Saturday: 12pm-midnight,

Sunday: 12pm-midnight,

Monday: Closed.
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The Forresters

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The Forresters Verdict: 7/10

Beef Burger: 7/10

Chicken Burger: 8/10

Sides: 6/10

 

Why this place?

She says: Again, this was His suggestion. Perhaps it should just be a given that He does the research and has the experience, and I willingly follow His advice based my trust of His encyclopaedic burger knowledge. (Also, based on my previous experience of Queenies, the restaurant upstairs, I knew that this would have to be okay.)

He says: In my experience the Drink n Dine company have always been rather reliable with their burgers and The Forresters also doubles as an enjoyable weekend drinking spot.

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What did you order?

·         Cheeseburger – $18

·         Fried Chicken Burger – $18

·         Fries with Pulled Pork & Cheese – $12

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Tell us about the Cheeseburger?

He says: This was top notch and hard to deny. Not on the same level as the Oxford Tavern but still a cracker. The addition of the fried onion rings atop the tasty patty was a masterstroke. My only complaint was that the quality and freshness of the bread left a little to be desired.

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She says: This was a really good, solid cheeseburger. It hit the spot. Not too much bread in the bun, a good amount of sauce. Juicy patty and nice fresh thinly sliced iceberg lettuce. I liked the onion rings too – nice touch. It tasted like how a burger should taste and I would go back for it again, for sure.

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

She says: After the Oxford Tavern fried chicken burger, I didn’t have high expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised. The Foresters’ chicken burger was far more cohesive than the Oxford Tavern’s version. This one had a good amount of sauce and avocado which held the bun and the chicken together and incorporated the chicken as part of the burger rather just a piece of chook between two pieces of bread. It was indulgent and luxurious. This is another burger that I have thought of again and would definitely return for. Order it. You will not regret it.

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He says: I didn’t wax lyrical about this one like She but can understand why she loved it so much. The chicken was a knockout but there was the same issue with the bread as their was on the cheeseburger and, it is a personal taste thing admittedly, I’m not that into guacamole and sour cream on a chicken burger. Unless you’re going full tex mex I just don’t get what they’re doing there.

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And what about the sides?

She says: Well to begin with, we probably didn’t need to order fries – both the burgers came with a good amount of fries already…and well, basically we dropped the ball okay, we missed the Mac and Cheese on the menu until it was too late.  And then also, I think perhaps this dish was ready to go a while before the burgers, because by the time it got to us the cheese had hardened and cooled to form one giant cheese and pulled pork mass, which was not super pleasant. Hot, hell warm even, I think this side would be fantastic, but in its brick like state it was disappointing.

He says: Not realising there was Mac and Cheese on the menu was a gross oversight on our behalf. The pulled pork and cheese fries were a little confused. The crinkle cut fries are always a familiar and enjoyable old friend but they just seemed to haphazardly shove some blocks of cold pork in between them like they were playing a drunken game of reverse jenga. The cheese and sirracha were never going to be enough to save the day here.


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Hours

Food served from 12 til around 10pm daily.

$12 lunch menu is available Mon-Fri, 12-3pm.

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