Longhorn Saloon

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
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Longhorn Saloon – 118 Elgin St, Carlton, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Ranchero Burger
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
14 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$16
Summary

By day the place calls itself 5 Points Deli, where the pastrami sandwiches are thick just like the pickles. By night the theme moves away from NYC and focuses more on the Southern way of life, a little similar their sister venue Le Bon Ton. They’ve got that vibe going too. It’s a big old brick building with a heap of seats, low lighting and high quality cocktails. You’ll also notice a real crossover of menus between the Balleau brothers venues with crowd favourites peppered throughout. Here at Longhorn you’ll find the Burger Adventure awarded Le Bon Ton Cheeseburger as well 5 Points Deli’s famous Reuben. They’ve also got some serious steaks on the menu as well as the drool worthy Chicken and Waffles. What piqued my curiosity was the Ranchero burger that came on a glazed bun with a Wagyu beef patty, Ranchero sauce, onion rings, American Cheese and tangy mayo.

Comments
“I’d had my eye on this for a while. I wasn’t exactly sure what Ranchero sauce was going to be but it had to be spicy! The burger looked great. Even if it did have the over the top onion rings. I bit in but felt no spice. It was a subdued chilli sauce with a mix of Chimmi Churri that made up that Ranchero flavouring. The patty and cheese hugged each other the whole meal but when I got a good taste of the meat on its own it was still salty and juicy. There was nothing over the top with this burger, even though it was packed to the brim with assorted goodies. It deserves a tiny round of applause because it would’ve been easy to let all those flavours turn into a mess. Maybe that’s why they didn’t have any spice? I still would’ve liked a pinch more kick with each bite though. Even maybe a Jalapeno cheddar? The Ranchero was a decent burger, but if you’ve never tried the Le Bon Ton Cheeseburger, I’d say go down that road.”
Longhorn Saloon Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Rude Boy

Thursday, October 22, 2015
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Rude Boy – 482 Albion St, Brunswick West, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
The Rude Boy
Serviettes:
6
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
16 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$12
Summary

It’s kind of in the middle of somewhere cool and the middle of nowhere. That’s the suburban-type feel that Brunswick West has to it. You’ve got some cool places scattered around but then your back drop is a freeway overpass. Rude Boy is burger joint in and amongst all this. They’re owned by a husband and wife team who also run popular Lolo & Wren cafe just next door. A pretty smart move for an area strip that’s limited with quality fair, the guys have their corner of the market dominated. Breakfast and light lunch at the cafe or something a little more comforting at the burger joint. Their main focus is their produce, with meats sourced ethically from around the state like Clover Valley and Milawa free range chicken. Burgers come in all shapes and sizes and get as wild as including jalapeno poppers and chimmi churri, to as basic as meat, cheese and ketchup. I had to get into their namesake Rude Boy burger that came with a sesame seed bun, 150g Wagyu patty, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and rude sauce.

Comments
“There was huge promise here. It was decent sized and looked had all the right stuff in the right places: cheese melting all over a big patty with a soft bun. All these things hit the mark. The patty was salty and pink and juicy. The cheese I barely noticed and the bun did it’s job. But the thing that threw me was the crazy amount of signature rudeboy sauce. It made for a really saucy mess. I didn’t mind it as a dipping sauce but in the burger there was too much. The best way to describe it is a a dill filled mayo with a touch of blue cheese dressing. I managed to sample some chips and bacon from my fellow diners and these were actually brilliant. If I was in the neck of the woods I’d give their Little Rude Boy (plus bacon and chips) a go. Oh, crazy bonus points to the staff who didn’t charge me for ketchup, pointing out there was plenty on the table.”
Rude Boy Burger Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Burger Lab

Thursday, September 24, 2015
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BurgerLab – 63 Florence St, Mentone, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Free Range Bacon Burger
Serviettes:
4
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
12 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$11.50
Summary

Mentone’s little hub has a lot going for it. The locals can get themselves into a decent cafe for brunch, or get themselves into town with the train station front and centre. Nowadays, thanks to Burger Lab, the locals can get themselves a decent looking burger too. The guys behind the operation are Anthony Pinzone and Chef Lochie Greig-Moore who are all about a relaxed environment with organic, sustainable produce. There’s a clear sense of “chill” throughout the place, with friendly staff, plenty of beer on tap as well as local specials for students to come and bitch about their Maths teacher. Their burger list isn’t as scientific – as was expected – from their name and branding, but instead they’re pretty classic options. The craziest they go is with their prawn burger that has a squid ink, black bun. But we’d never go down that path. To make up for that silliness they also offer chicken wings and ribs. I chose to sink my teeth into a Free-Range Bacon Burger that came on a seeded brioche bun with a beef patty, ‘Hagens’ Free-Range Bacon, melted organic Raclette cheese, tomato sauce, lettuce, tomato, diced shallot and mayo.

Comments
“This was big. I saw a tonne of mayo, which normally I’m cool with. But it got me a little worried about how creamy and messy this would get. I bit in and it happened – a whole lot of slide. I almost lost my tomato instantly. But, to make up for it, there was a nice salty creaminess going on. The cheese, bacon, beef and mayo thing was working for me. Then I lost the lettuce. It was half out anyway so I gave it a shove. The beef was pink and juicy and the tomatoes were really fresh and sweet. The downfall to this thing was the bun. There was already a lot of sweetness going on so the brioche was overkill. Plus as I mentioned, it was on the big side. Less bun, more fun.”
BurgerLab 3194 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Mick Adams Burger Bar

Thursday, August 20, 2015
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Mick Adams Burger Bar – 38 Portman Street, Oakleigh, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Cheesy Mike
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
8 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$9.50
Summary

It wasn’t too long ago that Oakleigh was just a little Souvlaki-filled pocket next-door to Chadstone Shopping Centre. These days it’s a bustling little place where both locals and people from all over town come to enjoy coffee, cakes or a leisurely get-together. With this, the level of dining has lifted. New restaurants and bars are popping up all over. So of course there needed to a spot for a genuine burger joint. Mick Adam’s has stepped in to fill this void. They take their name from a Greek immigrant who opened Australia’s first Milk Bar in Sydney back in 1932. The Milk Bar was called the Black and White and so it looks like they’ve rolled with this theme throughout their restaurant – white tiles with black accents all over. Paying homage to the old days of diner eating they keep their menu pretty simple with burgers, shakes and fries. The hamburger options are mainly beef but they stretch to a crab and veggie option for more “modern” tastes. Surprisingly, there’s no signature “Mick burger” available so I went with the simplicity of the Cheesy Mike. It came on a brioche bun with a 150g grass fed beef patty, double cheddar, pickles, tomato and lettuce.

Comments
“By the look of hte place, it didn’t feel like fast food at all. But the burgers came out pretty damn quick. They didn’t look like anything too crash hot compared to some of the PR shots floating around the internet, but at least my melted cheese was a giant plus. Overall the burger was pretty balanced. But in this instance it meant nothing really stood out (apart from having half a tomato fall out at one point). For me, the patty was cooked spot on – it was super pink. The beef wasn’t bad either but it didn’t have a tonne of flavour. I wanted a more salty, fatty punch from it. I know it’s early days for these guys and maybe I went for the wrong burger. But I just felt there was something missing from this one (probably bacon). On a plus the staff were really friendly and it made it feel like a place you could graze on burgers and sides here for quite a while.”
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Brother Burger & the Marvellous Brew

Friday, July 3, 2015
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Brother Burger & the Marvellous Brew
– 560 Chapel St, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Hot Stuff
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
8 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$14
Summary

It’s a pretty typical type of thing. See if Northside digs it, then bring it to the South. Like Huxtaburger and Mr Burger, Brother Burger is now slinging meat and buns on both sides of the Yarra. The new South Yarra shop was once famed Greco’s Restaurant, where the late night coffee and cake was worth the $18. Now a whole new type of patron arrives, ready for a ridiculous amount of craft beer and maybe a burger, or two. All of their beef burgers are made with 100% South Australian Wagyu and their buns are all baked in house – a pretty good way to get in our good books. They also offer a wide range of Vego and non-beef options, plus a tonne of spiked milkshakes if you’re in the mood for a sweet nightcap. Having eaten the Lot at their Fitzroy shop, the plan was to try something new. I grabbed the Hot Stuff that came on a seeded burger bun with a Wagyu beef patty, double bacon, jalapenos, cheese, pickles, mayo and chilli-jam.

Comments
“I wasn’t expecting much ever since our last Adventure here. But new burger, new day right. The Hot Stuff didn’t look like much. Frankly I thought, “This is it?” I snapped away and noticed my eating buddies had basically finished before I even started. It was soft and easy to eat. The jalapenos popped up every now and then, but I liked how they were balanced out by some nice creamy sauce. The pickles threw me off though. They tasted more like cucumbers, making it taste like something you’d eat at a friends bbq when they try to impress you with their skills. I didn’t mind this though. But I reckon its a little steep for what you get. I bet they’re paying an arm and a leg for rent so that doesn’t surprise me. It’s not far from home for me so I might go back for a boozy afternoon.”
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Archie’s All Day

Thursday, June 11, 2015
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Archie’s All Day – 189 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Juicy Lucy
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
11 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$20
Summary

There’s a lot going on along Gertrude St, so when opening a new venue you’d want to offer something pretty great. Not having sampled everything, we can’t comment on that, but there is choice. And it’s available (almost) all day. Behind the people pleasing operation is Anthony Brem, owner of Collingwood’s famed Bluebird Espresso. So he knows what works for the area and what doesn’t. That’s why you probably find such a large selection of feel good food, alcoholic beverages and gourmet sans-gluten dishes. It feels pretty laid back in there. There are sultry paintings on the walls with plenty of booth action, as well as some outdoor space for the smokers and friends of smokers who like them enough to withstand the bitter ice that is a Melbourne morning. To keep you warm though, you can grab a coffee with some Za’atar eggs that come with chickpea chips, burnt eggplant, sumac yoghurt and pomegranate or, just wait ’til 10am and you’ll get in on the burger. It’s just the second Juicy Lucy we’ve seen in Melbourne, so this was the only thing we had on our minds when ordering. The burger comes out on a brioche bun with a Wagyu patty stuffed with Jalapeno spiked Monterrey Jack, mustard, ketchup, pickles, iceberg lettuce and fries.

Comments
“I’ve had a few Juicy Lucys now, some here, some in the USA. And, I think there’s definitely a level of gimmick to it all. But that doesn’t mean I don’t get sucked in. Oozy cheese? What could be better? In Archie’s burger, the patty/patties did well to keep the cheese from spilling out all over the place. What surprised me most was how much more punch the Jalapeno Jack had. It was “Tame” on a scale of “Nothing to Pass Me the Milk”, but there was still a nice tingle with each bite. With all the effort going into sealing the patty and cheese, the patty became a little over cooked. I was looking for a soft pinky juiciness to be there. It was still a tasty patty . But just a little too far charred. I’m a real fan of pickles but there was a little too much here. For this, I’d liked to have seen a pickle on the side. So your experience goes something like: take a bite, grab some chips, and then take another bite of some juicy sweet pickles for some zest. I didn’t mind this thing and I do give credit for trying something not so everyday.”
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On It Burgers

Friday, June 5, 2015
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On It Burgers – 930 Burwood Highway,
Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
On It Burger
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
10 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$12.95
Summary

It was once a KFC and then turned into an Indian restaurant, but now, sitting almost lonesome on the side of Burwood Hwy is On It Burgers. All the tell tale signs from the Finger Lickin’ Good days are still there. So it’s even cooler that inside is a pretty cool, craft beer loving, burger slinging restaurant. They opened in late 2014 to much local fanfare but the buzz has has worn off a bit and now you won’t be left elbowing people away for a table. They pride themselves on their premium Grass Fed beef burgers, with 9 on offer there’s more than enough to keep you wanting to come back again. Same goes for the fries and shakes. Pick anything from Truffle & Parmesan fries to a Toasted Marshmallow milk shake. But there’s a dozen more options. I was tempted by The Luke burger that comes with bacon jam and a black bun (maybe next time) but went for their names sake, the On It Burger. On an Artisan Bun it comes with a Grass Fed Beef Patty, American cheese, Smokey On It Sauce, lettuce, red onion, tomato and pickles.

Comments
“It seemed like a “nothing much” kind of place. As I drove toward it, it sent me straight to the memory road-trip pitstops, where you’re dying for a leak and whatever deep fried food is on offer. But this had a smidge more class. The fact that I didn’t walk through an automatic door helped this, but then I saw the craft beers on display and almost pool hall like decor. There were some decent choices on the menu, but I had to go with the namesake. Accompanied by a crisp beer and some parmesan truffle fries it sat there alone on a wooden board. I figured it was going to be that or a basket anyhow. But, I really like the bun. Apart from there being maybe a bit too much of it, it was really nice. It was fluffy but then with a nice glazed exterior that held in all that signature sauce. Which, I might add, was delicious. It was smokey, creamy and slightly spicy. Imagine a more complex, less sweet chipotle mayo. It mixed really nice with the fatty, meaty patty. I just wish there was a bit more of to go around because I was left with just bun and sauce at the end. I thought this was a really nice burger. It had a signature to it and it left me wanting more. But I think in a good way. I’d go back if I was ever in the mood for a road-trip down South. But I might opt for a Double Classic option just with added On it Sauce.”
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