4 Ounces Burger Co

| 38 Mitchell Road, Alexandria, 2015 |
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Four Ounces Burger Co Verdict: 9.3/10

Beef Burger: 9.4/10

Chicken Burger: 9.5/10

Sides: 8/10

 

So why 4 Ounces Burger Co?

He says:  This place came recommended from disparate sources. One look at the photos and the menu online had me primed for some 4 ounces goodness.

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She says: We have been fairly lax on the burgers recently – getting into shape (vomit), moving house and literally not doing anything on the weekends where we can’t bring the dog means that it has been a while between burgs. But He has remained vigilant, dedicated to the cause, and when this place opened it went straight onto his list.

What did you order?

  • The G Funk Burger – $16
  • The Birdman Burger – $17
  • The Loaded French Fries – $10

G Funk Burger from 4 Ounces Burger in Alexandria

Tell us about the G Funk Burger?

He says: One bite of this had me saying “Fuck that’s delicious!” in my best Action Bronson voice. The patty was sheer perfection and prepared as such. Big shout out to the most maple, maple bacon I’ve ever had. Tasted like it had been swimming in maple syrup for days and the sweetness really worked on this bad boy.

G Funk cross section from 4 Ounces Burger in Alexandria

She says: A very, very good burger – this one goes straight to my hall of fame. The patty stood out as one of the greats, you can tell its been ground specifically and that a bit of care has gone into it. It had a really good texture and didn’t fall apart to easily. Cooked medium rare. I was dubious about the cheese, because it didn’t look as melted as I usually like but surprise, it was melty, it just didn’t look like it was. Other things that made it great – good fresh crunchy salad, the most mapley maple bacon I have ever had and a good amount of burger sauce. Top notch!

Chicken burger from 4 Ounces Burger in Alexandria

So then, how did you find the Birdman Burger?

She says:  This burger was the stand out for me. What made it so great was the fried chicken. I think this is my favorite fried chicken burger this year. The batter was perfectly cooked, crunchy and yet a thin layer that stuck with the chicken  and didn’t slide off after a few bites. The actual chicken was perfectly cooked, not dry at all and cut for the right size. Again the cheese looked like it wouldn’t be melted enough but was perfect. I really liked this one. It will come back to me on Saturdays when I wake up at noon.

Chicken burger cross section from 4 Ounces Burger in Alexandria

He says: Although not as much of a fan of this one as the delightful She was this was still an undeniable winner of a chicken burger. The fried chicken itself was perfect with a flavoursome crunchy exterior housing a gloriously juicy chicken breast inner. I’m just not that massive on pickles and tomato on a chicken burger. Each to their own though.

Loaded fries from 4 Ounces Burger in Alexandria

Now, what about the sides?

She says:  These fries were too much for me – and that is saying a lot. The combination of pickles, chilli, cheese sauce and burger sauce was overwhelming. I was also just obsessed with the burgs so this really took a backseat.

He says: These fries were most definitely not too much for me. I reveled in the decadence! Delicious!


|| 38 Mitchell Road, Alexandria, 2015 || www.4ounces.com || HOURS: Open 6 days, 12pm – late ||

 

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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

 

The Erko

DSC00449The Erko Verdict: 6/10

 

 

 

Beef Burger: 4/10

Brisket Burger: 7/10

Sides: 7/10

 

 

So why The Erko?

She says:  I really like the feel of the Erko – it has that great old Aussie pub vibe, the staff are really friendly and it never feels like its packed with dickheads. It’s family friendly and spacious.  We have been here a couple of times to try the BBQ meats (totally worth a try) and the burgers looked impressive as they went past. (…okay yes, also we are lazy and it’s close to home.)

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He says:  Not only conveniently located for us but also a cracking location for smoked meats and many beers in the past. Surely the burgers would follow suit?

 What did you order?

  • The Erko Cheese Burger – $19
  • The Brisket Burger – $22
  • Pulled Pork Poutine- $16

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Tell us about the Erko Cheese Burger?

He says: Really disappointing. The patty was like and oversized (and cooked) pepper rissole with extra pepper. Seriously, the pepper in this one pretty much negated the taste of every other ingredient. Was also near impossible to hold.

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She saysYeah, this was a massive let down. It looked good and I was pumped for a classic burger with that good greasy flavourful meat patty backed up by some strong flavour friends in the cheese, bacon and sauces. But, sadly no such luck. The bacon was hard to taste, the sauce was M.I.A. and the cheese, while it looked promising from the outside but when I bit into it, it actually wasn’t melted very much and wasn’t very strong or bitey. I don’t think I’ll be going for this one again.

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So then, how did you find the Brisket Burger?

He says: The brisket itself was on point but didn’t really seem to work with the rest of the ingredients. The brisket was carved into two distinctly shaped pieces and didn’t seem to fit well in the burger which hence meant there were a whole lot of meatless bites which in itself is nothing short of a tragedy.

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She says: Better than the Cheese Burger because the meat was the good, smokey brisket chunks, this burger still wasn’t awesome (sorry canned beetroot but you are going to have to do more than this to win me over). He is right about the logistical issues that we faced with the meat to rest ratio. It was hard to eat and not that much fun.

 

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She says:  Firstly at the risk of getting all food bloggy, this is not traditional poutine. The traditional dish is fries and cheese curds with a “gravy-like” sauce (thanks Wikipedia). Instead the Erko’s poutine is fries, gravy, pulled pork and just normal melted cheese. Perhaps it’s my childlike fascination with that RSL/nursing home flavour of powdered gravy (which is both amazing and disgusting at the same time), or that I just think any meal whose basis is fries is incredible, but there is something about this poutine. I can’t decide if I love it or hate it… I was leaning more towards love this day as I had a teensy bit of a hangover, which this dish is pretty much made for.

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He says: Have had the poutine a few times before and it was just as tasty as usual. A big shout out to the aioli which, in my opinion, resides near the top of the garlic mayonnaise kingdom for the year.


|| 102 Erskineville Road, Erskineville, NSW, 2043 || www.theerko.com.au||

HOURS:

Monday to Saturday 11:00am – Midnight,

Sunday 11:00am to 10:00pm

 

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Jack’s Newtown

IMG_6927Jacks verdict: 9/10

 

Beef Burger: 9/10

Other Beef Burger: 9/10

Vegetarian Burger: 6/10

Sides: 8/10

 

So why Jacks?

She says:  I have been obsessed with this place ever since it was a kebab shop that closed because it was vandalised. He used to claim that the kebab shop was superior to Istanbul down the road but I have stood by my boy Istanbul because I am 100% sure it saved me from alcohol poisoning in my early 20s a million times over. He and I stalked this place every day it was under renovation and when we were popped our heads in during the renos and the lady inside informed us that it would be a ‘fast food’ restaurant we had our fingers and toes crossed for burgers. And we were pumped when the neon sign was revealed and our dreams came true.

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He says: This place is located literally around the corner from our house and after hearing that it was ‘fast food’ moving into the space we’ve been peering in for months trying to decipher what would open up. When the doors opened and there was talk of them being Sydney’s answer to Shake Shack we were there for their first Saturday of service.

What did you order?

  • Cheeseburger with Onion  – $11
  • Bacon Cheeseburger – $12
  • Vegetarian Burger – $11
  • Crinkle Cut Fries – $5
  • Pistachio Frozen Custard Shake – $?

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Tell us about the Cheeseburger with Onion?

He says: Immediately hit with what is up there with the most flavoursome patty in the city – perfect salt to meat ratio on this one and it disintegrated into my mouth. My bun was a bit on the doughy side and I could have done with double the amount of sauce provided. The onions gave a great crunch. All in all a very welcome addition to the burgeoning Sydney burger scene.

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She saysI loved this. The bun is awesome, almost the sweetest milk bun I have had, but it worked. The bottom was soggy but it actually didn’t bother me. The meat was cooked well and the lettuce had a good crunch. I was dubious about the fried onions but they were a really good addition – added a bit more crunch and another flavour level. Great burger – highly recommend.

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So then, how did you find Bacon Cheeseburger?

She says: Very much like the cheeseburger with onion but without onion and with bacon. It is hard to pick favourites between these burgers as they are both very similar but I think the juicy, flavourful thick cut bacon takes this one over the line for me. This will sit in the hall of great burgers of my life. Love it and have been trying to drop it into conversations casually to entice people to come back to Jack’s with me.

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He says: Great quality bacon that formed an effective team with that aforementioned patty. My bun on this one was a little better but could have done with being a little softer. Again not enough sauce for my liking.

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Wow – you have three burgers?? Well, what are your thoughts on the Vegetarian Burger?

She says: It was after eating this burger that the insightful He and I realized that we have no place reviewing vegetarian burgers. The answer to us trying a vego burg will always be ‘It was good, but it could have done with some meat’. This burger had the same bun, sauce and salad elements as the other two angels but the patty was a rice and bean patty that fell apart as you ate it. It was to me, a very strange choice.

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He says: Hard to judge as I wouldn’t normally order this but the patty (seemed like it was made of rice and black beans) had a strange texture and taste that I didn’t think went all that well with the rest of the burger. I’d come back here for the cheeseburgers but in the off chance I was craving a vego burger I’d go around the corner for Raven’s Eye’s tempeh number.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says: Crinkle cut fries make normal fires look like idiots. They are far superior. These were golden and seasoned perfectly. In the war of the fries I would join the crinkle cut army and I would die for their cause (unless there was a waffle fry contingent, in which case things could get complicated). Oh and that Pistachio Frozen Custard Shake – get outta town, it was awesome. Just a slight pistachio flavor, it wasn’t too sweet but it was good and thick.

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He says: High points for the frozen custard shake having a great consistency and not overdoing it on the sweetness front. The crinkle cut fries were simple but delicious (and must be dunked in a side of the burger sauce!).

|| 170 Missenden Road, Newtown, NSW, 2042 || https://instagram.com/jacksnewtown/ ||

HOURS: Open seven days, 12pm – 12pm

 

 

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Hoochie Mamma

IMG_6785Hoochie Mamma verdict: 5/10

 

Beef Burger: 3/10

Sides: 5/10

 

So why Hoochie Mamma?

He says: The amazing She and I are now Newtown residents and which warranted a complete devotion to being on point with all the inner west burger options. I’m normally about as likely to believe in Santa Claus than I am to believe anything written in the Daily Telegraph but I noticed they’d listed this in their 10 best burgers in Sydney list and considering the close proximity to our home it we had a date .

She says: We noticed this place a while ago and couldn’t get over the name – it means a woman with questionable morals right? (Well that is what the Online Slang Dictionary told me.) Anyway it is very close to our new house and we were feeling lazy and I had already said no to going to this place too many times – so we went.

What did you order?

  • The Hoochie Double  Burger – $15.90
  • Caramel Thick Shake – $5

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Tell us about the Hoochie Double Burger?

He says: Stale bun, dry tasteless canteen sausage meat styled patties (didn’t need two of them), and overly sweet beetroot relish unfortunately made this a rather underwhelming lunch. The aioli and cheese was good though!

 

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She says:  It’s hard when a burger like this shows up on your plate. My instinct is to try and find something positive to say to make the harsh truth a bit softer. But there were no redeeming features. I have no idea how this ever got onto any list other than ‘Burgers I Will Never Eat Again’.

 

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Now, what about the sides?

She says:  The thick shake was weird  – it was watery and had little chunks of ice in it. And it didn’t really taste of anything but water-milk. The fries were pretty standard, made more appealing by the sad state of the burger but not good enough to draw me back any time soon.

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He says: The fries that arrived with the burger were of the standard skinny shoestring variety and did well when coated in aioli. The thick shake was completely devoid of any thickness and tasted a whole lot like icy water with a mild hint of caramel and maybe a touch of milk to finish it off. I think I’ll add The Daily Telegraph’s appraisal of burgers in the same boat as their politics. I hope that boat sinks as well.


||156 Missenden Road, Newtown, NSW, 2042 || (02) 95579444 || http://www.hoochiemammacafe.com.au/ ||

HOURS:

Open seven days

Mon-Sun: 7am – 5pm

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Cuckoo Callay

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Cuckoo Callay Verdict: 7/10

 

Wild Boar Burger: 7/10

Chicken Burger: 7/10

Sides: 8.5/10

 

So why Cuckoo Callay? 

She says:  This place has always struck me as a bit weird because of its strange position, sitting just a the top of Newtown Station. He read so much blog chatter about it thought that it quickly floated to the top of our list.

He says: Saw this place get a lot of love in the local food blogosphere and I was pretty gutted I missed their Bacon festival. News of a popcorn chicken burger on the menu and a free few hours in Newtown had us there in a heartbeat.

What did you order?

  • Wild Boaring Burger – $21
  • Pop Goes the Chicken Burger- $19
  • Wedgy – $9

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Tell us about the Wild Boaring Burger?

He says: Considering the sheer magnitude of burgers we smash through it’s always nice to try somewhere that’s trying something a little different. Unfortunately this was just too rich for me. The Cajun spiced pulled wild boar and the bacon relish were a little on the sweet side for me which was further complicated by serving it on a brioche bun that was dangerously close to dry croissant territory. The wild boar had a unique taste to it but I didn’t really see how it fit in with the rest of the ingredients. The choice to use manchego cheese however was a good one!

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She says:  This burger was incredibly rich and the flavours were heavy and strong. For me the sweetness of the brioche with the boar and the bacon relish was overwhelming and far to oily. As there is in love, I feel like there is the perfect burger for each person. While this was far and away not my cup of tea, I can recognize that this burger has the potential to make someone very happy one day. That person would have diabetes. And maybe die of heart disease. But they would bask in the sweet richness of this burger.

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So then, how did you find the Pop Goes the Chicken Burger?

She says: This burger looked beautiful but just didn’t succeed in wowing me. The ‘popcorn chicken’ was a thick chunk of chook, a bit dry and overcooked and with a fairly unmemorable coating. This sauerkraut was not my sort of sauerkraut, salty and smooshy without any body or tang, I actually couldn’t take it and rudely (hopefully subtly) scraped most of it off. Again the flavors were a bit punch-in-the-face-esk.

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He says: The popcorn chicken itself was hard to fault and again the addition of manchego (which was sharp, tasty and oozed out of it) had me wondering why more other places don’t do the same. Unfortunately I had the same issue with this one as I did with the wild boar burger as on the whole is was just too rich and cloyingly sweet. I would think if they changed the bun and swapped the sauerkraut out this might have improved dramatically.

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And what about the sides? 

She says: These sweet potato fries were extravagant, huge chunk’s of sweet potato fried ’till crispy and crunchy. Again, given how sweet they are, after such a sweet meal I could only handle a few, but I do think these wedges could make someone with a real hankering for sweet/salty goodness very happy. I want to point out though that even though these burgers weren’t ground breakingly awesome – the service here was above and beyond. The staff seemed really happy to work there and were lovely, positive and attentive. I will definitely go back for their breakfasts, which look really bloody good.

He says: Unfortunately for us these guys don’t have too many sides available (although the ramen looks off the freaking chain!) but luckily the wedges we went for hit the spot. Sweet potato perfectly cooked with a crunchy exterior rubbed in delightful spices and made even more perfect when doused in the spiced aioli it’s served with.


|| Newtown Railway Station, 324A King Street, Newtown, NSW, 2042 || http://www.cuckoo-callay.com.au || 02 95577006

 

HOURS:

Monday to Friday: 6:00am – 4:00pm,

Saturday 8:00am – 4:00pm,

Sunday 8:00am – 3:00pm

 

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The Vic


The Vic verdict: 8/10

 

Beef Burger: 7/10

Chicken Burger: 8/10

Sides: 8.5/10

 

So why the Vic on the Park? 

He says: Have enjoyed many a drinking session here and the food always looks like it’s a winner. It’s been on our list of burgers to eat for ages but only a failed house hunting search served as the impetus for us to finally dine on their burgers.

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She says: We had a rather late night here a few weeks ago and witnessed burgers (but did not get any of our own). It was time to give them a go. And as mentioned they also dulled the pain somewhat of looking at ridiculously overpriced, rubbish rental properties. (We did subsequently find a place – Him and I are moving in together!)

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What did you order?

  • Beef Burger – $18
  • Buttermilk Fried Chicken Burger- $18
  • Potato Skins – $14

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Tell us about the Beef Burger?

He says:  This was pretty damn good. I’ve heard this place is owned/run by the same guys as The Lord Gladstone and that’s a great indicator as to the quality. Great bun, bacon, pickles, cheese and the tomato mustard mayo was as addictive as crack (so I assume). I’d give it a higher score but patty was a little overcooked and had a slight spiced sausage vibe to it. Would like to try it again to see how it fares.

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She says:  He told me as I was taking a bite about the Lord Gladstone connection… and I was pumped, but it wasn’t as good and that is what I focussed on (it was a pretty dark day after all). Looking now I recognise that this was actually an okay burger. Highlight was the bacon which was super strong and smokey. Great cheese and pickles too and a good bun, but there was definitely a sausage meat quality to the patty which makes me sad whenever we encounter it. I

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

She says: This was great – we have had such a good chicken burger run lately that the stakes are fairly high. The avocado was just noticeable because the flavours were really well balanced. The chook was good and juicy with the right amount of crunch. And again – that bun!

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He says: Great fried chicken that had a crunchy exterior and was soft and moist inside. I’m the chipotle mayo was a masterstroke but unlike the beautiful She I’m just not that much of a fan of avocado on a burger (which is strange considering I love them on a sandwich or pretty much anything else in general).

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And what about the sides? 

She says: POTATO SKINS! Hot damn I love it when the sides are great. I can’t believe these aren’t already on every menu in the world. These hollowed out skins had just enough soft potato innards to perfectly house the sour cream and bacon-y bits. Definitely absolute artery cloggers but worth every bite. The chips weren’t anything special – they looked pretty dumb next to the potato skins, I’ll tell you that.IMG_6549

He says: The fries that came with the burger were simple and hit the spot when dunked in the chipotle mayo provided. I had a drunken recollection of ordering the potato skins here late one night and them being delicious and I was pleased that my drunken self was on point. Hard to go wrong with crunchy potato skins that are covered in cheese, bacon crisps, sour cream mayo and green onion and these guys tasted as good as they sound.


|| 2 Addison Road, Enmore, 2042 || www.vichotel.com.au || 02 95571448 || info@vichotel.com.au ||

HOURS:

Monday to Friday: 11:30am – 2:30pm & 5:30pm – 10:00pm,

Saturday: 11:30am – 10:00pm,

Sunday: 11:30am – 9:00pm

 
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Raven’s Eye

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Raven’s Eye verdict: 9/10

Beef Burger: 9.3/10

Vegetarian Burger: 8.5/10

Sides: 8/10

 

So why Raven’s Eye?

She says: Two reasons. Firstly, it is so close to my house, and any new Newtown small bar is worth checking out, particularly in these times where Newtown slowly morphs into old Kings Cross at about 10:30 each night. Secondly (and this is the FULL DISCLOSURE bit) He has a friend (a good man) who has something to do with this joint. Actually also a third reason is that we saw them bringing in a whole tray of perfectly soft milk buns one day and from then on the writing was on the wall.

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He says: This place is conveniently located around the corner from the gorgeous She’s house and after watching a friend devour one of their, what looked to be amazing, cheeseburgers a few weeks prior we knew we needed to give this a go pronto. Full disclosure I also have a mate who is somehow involved on a minor scale at this place as well.

What did you order?

  • Royale With Cheese – $10
  • Vegetarian Burger- $10
  • Popcorn Prawns – $8
  • Mac’n’cini Balls- $10

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Tell us about the Royale with Cheese burger?

He says: Wowzers. This is fantastic. A thick, juicy, perfectly medium rare pink patty sit in a bun so soft it seems steamed with a whole heap of American cheese and mustard. When you’re patty, bun, cheese, and sauce combo are this good the addition of any other ingredients would be superfluous. Mary’s better watch its back as there’s a serious new challenger to the Newtown Burger throne.

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She says: BOOM. Great burger. Soft bun. Meaty, well cooked, good quality meat. Mustard and perfectly melted cheese. Hit every note well. This is a burger I would go back for many many times (if I had time between trying all these other new burgers in order to bring you the latest and greatest… Who am I kidding, bring on summer and I will be having a Bloody Mary in my back yard and one of these little beauties every second weekend..actually, I am not sure whether they take away. Loyal reader – please investigate and report back).

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So then, how did you find the Vegetarian Burger?

He says: The idea of a tempeh patty on a burger inspires a deep dread within me but this was a very pleasant surprise. The temepeh is actually flavourful and delicious and when linked with a delightful pickled cabbage slaw and bang on chipotle mayo we have arguably my favourite vegetarian burger in OBM’s history.

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She says: Who could have guessed that a tempeh burger (and yes I did need to see what He wrote it to check the spelling) could taste so good. I don’t think the photo does this one justice, it was way better than it looks here! Also – these burgers were both $10 WITH fries. that is almost unheard of these days. If they can mate a vego treat like this work so well,  I would love to see what they did with a fried chicken burger… would be keen to try it!

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And what about the sides?

He says: The Mac’ n’ cini’ balls were rich addictive balls which oozed gorgeous gooey cheese and tasty chunks of pig’s head. The smoked tomato jam brought the whole thing together and almost threatened to steal the show on its own. The popcorn school prawns were solid but raised to another level when coated in a delightful arrabiata mayo. Said mayo was also a hit with the fries which had a delightful seasoning spread on top. Overall a top meal which was also incredibly well priced.

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She says: Mac and cheese in all its forms is always a favorite with me. And here – with the smokey tomato sauce – wow – another dish that really delivered. The balls were cheesy and delicious. The prawns were also good. And another great maker of maccas style fries, thin and crispy with just a bit of soft in the middle and a  good pinch of salt and seasoning.


|| 127 King Street, Newtown, NSW, 2042 || Website || bookings@idlegroup.com.au || (02) 9517 2081 ||

HOURS

Monday – Thursday: 5pm – Midnight

Friday – Saturday: 11:30am – Midnight

Sunday: 11:30am – 10pm

 

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The Hub House Diner

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The Hub House Diner verdict: 6.5/10

 

Beef Burger: 6/10

Chicken burger: 6/10

Sides: 6.5/10

 

So why The Hub House Diner? 

She says: We stumbled on this one a while ago on Instagram but lost it among the many lists we have of places to go. It is a little oasis in Dulwich Hill and sits surrounded by some pretty depressing main road action. The staff are lovely and there are HEAPS of them so you get some pretty speedy service. I really loved the vibe here and some of the other, non-burger food definitely looked like it was worth a go.

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He says:  Mouthwatering shots of burgers and chicken on the blogosphere from this place had me amped to hit up Dulwich Hill.

What did you order?

  • Double Beef Cheeseburger – $19
  • Crispy Bird Burger – $19
  • Pimp My Fries – $11
  • Popcorn Chicken – $14
  • Honeycomb biscuit smoothie- $8.50

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Tell us about the Double Beef Cheeseburger?

He says:  When this arrived I was excited as it looked like a champ. T’was a touch disappointing though. It tasted exactly like a McDonalds cheeseburger (that’s not a diss) with a more complex patty. There was way too much ketchup though and it overpowered everything in it’s midst.

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She says: This burger really has potential but unfortunately I can’t honestly say I would order it again. I hate giving bad reviews but the double beef patties were drowned in tomato sauce – which meant that tomato sauce was all I could taste. I couldn’t really distinguish the cheese, pickles or even the meat – just sauce. And then there was the texture …the whole burger, meat included, had a really strange texture – kind of mushy. Not for me. (And to be honest, at $19 it was pretty expensive for what it was.)

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

He says: Again looked like a legend but fell just a little short. Perfectly competent burger but nothing jumped out to make it memorable. The breading had split from the chicken which didn’t help things.

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She says: This is one of those rare burgers that he and I disagree on – I didn’t think it actually was ‘perfectly competent’. Again, I don’t think I can honestly say I would order this again. The bun had the same problem as the beef burger – it was just super mushy (and not in the good, fingerprint saving squishiness of Mary’s or Publife). And the coleslaw had a strange bitter taste. Again, this one was not at all to my tastes.

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And what about the sides? 

 

She says: The popcorn chicken surprised me – I was just thinking KFC but it  it actually comes with popcorn, in a jar. i really liked the presentation. The chicken itself was fine but the popcorn it comes served on, drenched in oil and salt, is really, really, good. It was my stand-out for this meal. The smoothie was okay – it wasn’t as thick as I would have liked but it wasn’t the worst. We also ordered ‘Pimped’ fries – which were good for ordinary fries – but the pimping quality (they were covered with cheese and truffle oil) didn’t really hit the spot – the truffle smelled great but wasn’t as strong as I would have liked.

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He says: The smoothie was an immediate hit for a hung over Sunday – frothy and sweet with honeycomb crumbs surrounded by a chocolate syrup that improved when whisked around. The pimped fries were suitably rich and the fries themselves were cooked to perfection. Like the rest of the meal the popcorn chicken was a ‘solid’ contribution that lacked a little flavour (could have been mystery meat by taste but when cut in half it was clear it was chunks of chicken breast).

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|| 410-412 New Canterbury Road, Dulwich Hill. NSW 2203 || (02) 95181887 || Website ||  eat@thehubhousediner.com.au ||

Opening Hours: 

Monday : Closed.

Tuesday – Friday : Breakfast (from 7am), Lunch & Dinner.

Saturday – Sunday : Breakfast (from 7:30am), Lunch & Dinner (8pm close Sunday)
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Rocks Brewing

IMG_5539 Rocks Brewing verdict : 4/10

Beef Burger: 3/10

Pork burger: 5/10

Sides: 3/10

 

 

So why Rocks Brewing? 

She says: A good friend of mine went there and raved about it (actually…now that I think about it perhaps he was talking about Batch Brewery…oops). It is in one of the new developments popping up all through Alexandria which is close to my place so we ducked over on a Sunday afternoon (when they have live music, which was the highiight).

He says: A combo of blog loving and a friend’s (who reads this very blog) recommendation. I also really like beer so all roads seemed to lead to joy on this front. In retrospect  ‘seemed’ was the operative word in that sentence.

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Pulled Pork Burger – $18

The Big Stopper Burger – $19

Rocks Jalapeños Stoppers – $12

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Tell us about the Big Stopper burger?

He says: Firstly I hope that this was just a bad day and am happy for someone to set me straight on what I was missing but the fact was this burger was completely shithouse. The patty was overcooked to the point that it was actually crunchy (which was a first for me). Too much chutney (that redefined bland) and a mushroom that had no business being there with the other elements at play. The kind of burger you’d expect from the dodgy cafe around the corner (that everyone avoids). Genuinely hard to finish.

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She says:  A little piece of me died when I bit into this burger. There are no positives to share. I only took one bite… I might just skip to the next question.

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So then, how did you find the Pulled Pork burger?

She says: This was slightly better than the beef but the pork was very sweet, the bun was a bit stale tasting and mayo had a weird, over eggy taste. I didn’t finish this one either.

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He says: This was your standard pulled pork burger. Nothing of particular note but compared to the beef burger it was ok. Pork too sweet (without anything to balance off) and not enough sauce.

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And what about the sides? 

She says: Poppers! On a menu in Sydney – I was excited to say the least. Excitement was wasted here. They just weren’t up to scratch – they were over battered, under seasoned and super doper chilli. The cream cheese lacked that great tang you usually get with a good popper – disappointing. The chips were probably the best bit of the whole meal and they were pretty standard.

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He says: Had one bite and couldn’t go much more. Dry with what tasted like stale breadcrumbs and cheap cheese in the centre. Feel bad being harsh but this was not a pleasant experience. The fries were the highlight of the meal but to be honest they were just standard well cooked and battered chips that you could find anywhere.

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||  160 Bourke Road, (Driveway J), Alexandria, NSW 2016 || (02) 9669 3600 || Website ||

Opening Hours:

MON -FRI: 12PM-3PM & 5PM-9PM

SAT-SUN: 12pm-9pm

 

 
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