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

 

Big Bunz

Shop 1207 Anzac Parade, Matraville, NSW, 203

Big Bunz Matraville frontBig Bunz verdict: 9/10

Beef Burger: 9/10

Chicken Burger: 9/10

Sides: 8.5/10

 

So why Big Bunz?

She says: Finding this place was all Him (with a little help from Dr Internet, I imagine). We got a puppy (yay) and the puppy got stung in the eye by a bee (less yay), so we wanted somewhere we could take said Pup because he had to wear one of those shame buckets and we felt bad. Ever resourceful, He came up with this place. They can’t let pups inside but the pooch could sit at the door while we ate at the closest table. (If you look closely in the photo above you can see him by the door on the left  – he sat there, while we ate, and made friends with every person who sat a the bus stop.)

Big Bunz Matraville inside

He says: A late night poker foray bestowed upon me a malignant hangover that whose only cure could surely be burger goodness. With the tremendous She as my chauffeur we arrived in Matraville ready to get amongst some Big Bunz glory.

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What did you order?

  • The Feast Burger – $8.50
  • The Southern Fried Ranch Burger – $9.50
  • Southern Fried Chicken Strips – $9
  • Friez – $4.50
  • Onion Rings – $5.50
  • Big Bunz Shake – $7.50

Big Bunz Matraville Feast burger

Tell us about the Feast Burger?

He says: This was fucking delicious! A soft milk bun (you can choose your bun here) cradled a tasty and well cooked Angus beef patty, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion pickles and a delectable “Feast” sauce. Like a fast food burger but with bang on ingredients and preparation. My only issue would be the Spanish onion but that’s a personal gripe. My first time in Matraville has come up trumps.

Big Bunz Matraville feast burger cross section

She says: The cross section photo of this one is lets it down  and while here it looks like some kind of school-cafeteria grey meat fiesta, it actually tasted much, much better. As he says – bloody good. Fresh, tasty and right on point. This is a burger you would wake up craving.

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

She says: The chicken in this bad boy tasted how you think KFC will taste when you see the ads – crispy, slightly spiced and delicious (which is not how KFC tastes IRL IMHO). The chook and the sauces were ample, which is the way to our hearts. Bacon, mayo, fresh salad bits – great work Big Bunz!

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He says:  Perhaps I’m prone to hyperbole or maybe it was the hangover talking but this was another burger highlight for the year. The fried chicken was close to perfect in every department and when mingled with bacon, cheese and a cracker of a ranch sauce my Saturday morning hangover woes may have just found a panacea.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says:  These onion rings were up there with the best I’ve had. Perhaps because they were so batter-y that you could hardly taste the onion and they were crunchy as all hell (I am not a huge onion ring fan – the less onion you can taste the better in my book). The rest of the sides were pretty good,  the chicken strips were just a bit rich for me and the marshmallows in the thick shake has a really strange musty taste but the shake itself was thick and delicious – the majority of it was gone about 3 minutes after it hit the table. And while the chips were pretty standard, large and soft, the sauces that came with the them were off the chain.

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He says: All the sides here were superb with a special shout out going to the chicken strips (whose leftovers got me through the following evening) and the sauces that accompanied them. I feel like waving a lighter in the air in deference of the day Big Bunz saved my life.

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|| Shop 1207 Anzac Parade, Matraville, NSW, 2036 || Website||

HOURS: Open Wednesday – Sunday 10:30am – 8:30pm (Closed Monday & Tuesday)

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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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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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