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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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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The Lord Gladstone Hotel

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The Lord Gladstone Hotel verdict: 9/10

Beef Burger: 9.2/10

Chicken Burger: 9.5/10

Sides: 7/10

 

Why this place?

She says: I once wandered in here (before it was re-done) on the way to Freida’s. As soon as I walked into what was then a sweaty, stinking rave pit, I knew I was lost. it was fun to walk around in my very out of place (read: floral) outfit and see all the raveraverave guys and girls doing their incredible intense thing though so I stayed for a bit. Anyway, we read about this on the nerd and I wanted to see if you could still smell the sweat and drugs. Good news, you can’t!

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He says: Saw a few recommendations on the FBAS page and, apart from burger action, was intrigued in seeing what they’d done with the place as my past memories involve being there for Purple sneakers, smoking sheesha out the back and imbibing in a normally empty run down bar if I couldn’t get into Freida’s down the road.

What did you order?

The Lord’s Burger: $18

The Fried Chicken Burger: $17

Crispy Chicken Wings: $12

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Tell us about the The Lord’s Beef Burger?

She says: Yep. Yep. Great. Good work. Solid burger goodness – juicy patty, nice solid bun, great sauce and all the right proportions.  This is on my list of ‘come back and have again’ burgs.

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He says: Wonderful stuff. The patty was terrific on all fronts and was destined from birth to convene with the special sauce. Nice to have beetroot on a burger for a change and the brickworks sesame seed bun was also a pleasant diversion from the norm. NOTE: I also returned the following week and had the Bushwick Burger and although I didn’t get a chance to review it, it was even better!

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

She says: Blown away by this one. It was fantastic – good crispy but juicy, seasoned well but not so much you can’t taste the tender, perfect-cooked chook, on a great milk bun with good crisp fresh salad. This ticked all the right boxes for me. I recommended it straight away to about 4 people. One of my flatmates did have a minor quibble and questioned the size but it still filled me up so I am going to say that though it looks small it is perfectly sufficient size wise by my standards (but maybe not gutso-McGee’s).

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He says: Hard to imagine a better chicken burger in Sydney right now. The fried chicken had a batter and seasoning that would make the Colonel sell his family for the recipe and when paired with a brilliant sirachaya mayo, slaw, cheese and soft NYC bun you have a masterpiece on your hands (literally and figuratively). Off the freaking chain.

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And what about the sides?

He says: The fries were down the line macca’s style and did the trick. The crispy chicken wings were ok but so much to my tastes. They came out with Frank’s hot sauce, Bacon ketchup, ancho chilli mayo all of which were delicious on their own (and with my fries dipped in them) but I guess I just prefer my wings to arrive coated in sauce and ready to go rather than sort of deconstructed like this. NOTE when I returned the following to week eat said burger I also had the nachos and they were a winner.

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She says:  Love those fries – though they aren’t the most out there (come on waffle fries!!) I really can’t fault them. The chicken wings were not what I expected – they had a Frankenstein vibe and given my slight hang over it was a challenge to jump in. When I did though they were so, so…ok, to be honest, I didn’t read the menu properly and through they were Buffalo wings and was disappointed when they weren’t. Really, the only lesson here is READ THE MENU. And yes – as He said,  the nachos the following week (though looking very different to any I had previously encountered) made up for the scary chicken.


|| 115 Regent Street, Chippendale, Sydney, Australia, 2008 || www.lordgladstone.com.au || ben@lordgladstone.com.au || 02 93101483 ||

HOURS:

 Mon – Tue: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm

Wed: 10:00 am – 12:00 am

Thu – Sat: 10:00 am – 3:00 am

Sun: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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