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Ruby’s Diner was the first non plane food that I’d eaten for more a while. This would automatically make it amazing under normal circumstances, however in this case it was offset by the extreme exhaustion and general crankiness that I was experiencing after a good 25hours plus of cramped economy class travel.  Houston was the second layover of the journey to Deland, and as far as airports go I’m sure it’s quite nice – at this point in time I couldn’t have cared less. I was sweaty and tired and in a zombie like trance with a baby attached to my chest ergo baby style. I had that thin film of disgustingness you get after sleeping in your clothes (Albeit for no more than an interrupted 2hrs at most) – every part of you is screaming out for a shower and a clean bed to collapse into.

Anyway, I digress – After wondering aimlessly through the airport and testing out the travelators we finally found a likely establishment in Ruby’s Diner. Ruby’s Diner is smallish chain with most of the locations in California (as I found out later), the Houston airport location is reasonably large and busy which seemed like a good sign at the time to our tired eyes. Sitting down and looking at the menu I almost fell off the chair (I was pretty tired) – the prices here are pretty expensive, even by airport standards. $13.49 for a burger might sound ok to an Australian at first, but add in tip and tax, plus the exchange rate, oh and a refreshment or two, and dinner was going to cost well north of $50 AUD. Oh well, in some ways you have to expect that at an airport. After my initial shock I moved on, I wasn’t going anywhere else so this place would just have to do. We didn’t have to wait long to be served – and not only that but the waitress as courteous, friendly and helpful. Clearly not in Australia anymore! We each ordered burgers and some drinks – Katie got the Hickory Burger and I got a bacon cheeseburger. Both were around the $14 mark. Lucy decided against a burger, wisely opting instead for the pureed organic spring vegetable medley that mummy had in the baby bag matched with some of refreshment from mum afterwards. A wise choice considering she only has two teeth.

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As you would expect at an airport, the meals came out pretty quickly and we were soon devouring our burgers as through we had been eating nothing but airline food for the last day and bit… Anyway, contrary to how many diner style burgers are served, these came out pre-assembled – as opposed to being served open so you can sauce the burger yourself. I find that this can result in a dry burger if they are left out too long on the pass. In this case, both burger were nice and juicy although it was more difficult to pry them apart to apply the sauce. I added sweet yellow mustard and ketchup to the mayo that was already on the bun. My burger also came with sliced sweet onion, lettuce, tomato, crispy bacon and American cheese. I was disappointed that there was no pickle.

To be honest, both burgers were nothing to write home about (And yet here I am…) – fairy average American diner fare. Nice enough, but nothing special. But an average burger here is much better than an average burger back home lets get that straight.

It’s hard to provide a decent review thanks to the fact that I was sooo jetlagged that it’s taken the better part of a week to write this up. However if I were to sum it all up I’d say that the one thing that I do remember thinking at the time was, meh – but at least it has American bacon and American cheese. Oh, and, bloody hell – what is that total on the bill Katie?? Next time we are walking to Wendy’s!

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I’ve been in the USA for a few days now and I’m just starting get over the brutal trip and jetlag. Door-to-door, Melbourne, Australia to Deland, Florida took 36hrs. With 9 month old baby Lucy along for the trip, let’s just say, events conspired against Katie and I getting more that a couple of interrupted hours of sleep. The first few days here haven’t been great for sleep either. Lucy likes to stay up screaming at all hours of the night and then sleep in past Midday – did she morph into a teenager while I wasn’t looking???

Anyway, I feel partially human now and the first real burger in the USA helped things nicely. I’ll post a few updates in the next couple of days.

In the mean time, here is a photo of an awarding winning burger that I enjoyed for lunch today.

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It’s been far too long since I’ve had the chance to head out for a burger adventure. Thankfully Chris has offered to help out and review a few tasty burger establishments while I languish at home…

Recently, Chris was kind enough to review Borris Murgers in Bendigo:

Bendigo has some surprisingly awesome and surprisingly modern food places. We’ve talked about The Woodhouse before and it’s still my go-to place in Bendigo. Sure it’s not cheap but it’s all things to all people. It’s a 5 star steak house and a super amazing pizza place (that doesn’t do take away and isn’t open on a Sunday…both things that should be changed). And if it were in Melbourne everything would be twice the price. Then there’s Mr Bebe’s which is as hipster as they come, even to the point of being overrated which I think they do deliberately. Then there’s Masons and the Dispensary both of which would be very much at home on Smith Street. So food in Bendigo is a thing and getting better all the time. So it was with some anticipation that I heard about Borris Murgers and being a regular visitor to the gold-fields there I decided to do my good mate Andrew a solid and eat there. Borris Murgers is pitching itself as a Melbourne style burger extravaganza.

It’s even got a clever name.

The menu looks the business. Everything looked good. They make extravagant claims about their meat. They even have Mac and Cheese. Oh…..a Gay time Milkshake! I gots to get me one of those.

I order a Gaytime milkshake. The streaky bacon murger and some mac and cheese. My companion on this trip orders a BLT burger with Avocado. Both come with chips.

The Good:

The Gaytime milkshake was good, cold and tasted like a Gaytime – can’t fault that. It even had little biscuit pieces through it. The chips were quite good, nice thick sliced double fried pieces of potato goodness which if we were in the US would be referred to as“ potato skins “even though they aren’t. And would have been brilliant with some chives, sour cream and some melted American cheese. Hannah’s BLT burger was quite good with avocado giving it good texture and smoothing out the beef flavour.

The Ok:

The Burger I received was ok, the meat was so-so and very well cooked being both juicy and pink in the middle. But the last three places I’ve been to seem to be afraid of seasoning. There was no salt and the quality of the meat wasn’t sufficient to stand up on its own. The bun was a mixed affair, sort of a cross between a Kaiser roll and a brioche and was pretty cakey. Not terrible, and soft enough, but nothing to get excited about. The tomato looked a bit tired and the lettuce was cos, what on earth is wrong with iceberg? Anyway the bacon wasn’t streaky enough for my liking. But the disappointing thing was the relish. This burger would have been quite good with a really good burger sauce, it needed umami sadly it got picked mustard sweetness. It wasn’t a terrible burger but it wasn’t inspiring that’s for sure.

The Bad:

The Mac and Cheese. I would put this below Kraft Mac and Cheese. This was the most bland disappointing thing I’ve had in my mouth since I accidently had breakfast at Ikea.  It was overcooked stodgy noodles in a terribly thin and tasteless cheese “sauce” which seemingly the chef had only noticed at the last minute panicked and put a slice of cheese from a burger over it which he then breathed on till it went semi-soft. “Here have a bowl of sadness” the waitress seemed to say as she apologetically delivered the meal. It was so tasteless that I forgot I had tried it and had another spoon full only to be reminded that I had indeed put this in my mouth previously. It was muddy berrible.

Please either take this off the menu or do it better. No-one will be praising you for this terrible side.

I give Borris Murgers 5.5 out of 10.

 

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It was Damo’s Birthday a few days back and we’d planned to catch up for a refreshment or two on Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately (Or fortunately depending on how you look at it…) his birthday party went longer than planned and he wasn’t out of bed until late afternoon on Saturday. Instead we decided that the best course of action would be to catch up on Sunday and grab a feed from a burger joint that just happened to be around the corner from his new place in Thornbury. So early Sunday afternoon, I crossed the Yarra and headed into the Northern suburbs. On the way I drove past the Anarchist Club… I knew that northern suburbs were different… Anyway, I made it Damo’s new place unscathed, picked up Damo, his girlfriend Minnie, and their friend Tessie.

As it was fairly early in the evening, it was easy enough to get a park out the front. We were also able to sit inside, even though there is fairly limited seating. Without even looking at the menu I was pretty sure that I would be leaving happy – they sell Dr Pepper AND Dr Pepper cherry! Winning at life! Anyway, the four of us took a little time to peruse the menu before settling on our selections. Damo went the Hot Rod Chilli burger, and a side of chips and deep fried pickles, The girls went for the vegetarian version of the FJ Holden Aussie Burger – which just swaps out the meat patty for a chickpea vego version, and I went for the F250, some buffalo wings with blue cheese sauce all washed down with this amazing liquid concoction:

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Tessie had never tried Dr Pepper, so I tried to explain the flavour – of course that conversation ended with her trying some Dr Pepper and then exclaiming that it tasted like cough syrup, Pft… Look, I guess that Dr Pepper is an acquired taste for most Australians (Or New Zealanders in this case…).  The wings here are really nice – super crispy with a really good blue cheese sauce, I’d prefer it if they cut them up into pieces for ease of eating though – and get rid of the wing tips. The deep fried pickles were nice enough – but you really have to love your pickles to enjoy these – I do and I did, but not everyone was so enamoured. Good chips here as well, and with the ranch dipping sauce – even better…

But who cares about all that – we’re here to talk burgers right – so let’s do that.

Ok, so one of the things liked about this place is that you have a choice of bun, old school soft white bread bun or brioche – both with sesame seeds (There’s also a gluten free option if you hate life or actually have coeliac disease – which would not be much fun – like eating gluten free bread…). I liked the choice because I think that brioche is really over used – it’s too sweet for a lot of the burgers that I’ve eaten, and it can really throw off the balance of the burger – don’t get me wrong, in the right burger it’s great and really enhances the experience, but all too often it’s just too cakey and doesn’t work.

The F250 burger is just like the F150 burger – only it has double meat, bacon and double cheese. At $16.5 it’s a lot of meaty, cheesy, bacony goodness. The first look lets you know what you are in for – dripping oozy cheese and meat juice, bacon hanging out the side. Picking the burger up, already the sauce, cheese and juice is all over your fingers. The “Old school” white bread bun was soft and spongy. The first bite you get a lot of cheese, bacon and meat – strangely enough… The patties are really good, cooked medium, so there’s no hiding here – you get good quality, well seasoned meat. Not a prime cut, but a good meat to fat ratio, with a looser grind, very juicy. When you combine that with the melted American cheese, smokey fatty bacon and caramelised onions – you get a really juicy, rich, beefy burger. There was a leaf of lettuce there down the bottom – I’m sure I saw something green. Although It may very well have been some of the pickle. They don’t mess about here – good solid slabs of sharp pickle. Very much needed to cut through the rich fattiness of the other elements. To be honest, a little bit more lettuce and a slice of tomato wouldn’t have gone astray in these burgers – being as rich and fatty as they were, the freshness of a bit more lettuce and fresh tomato might have balanced out the burger a bit more. But really I’m just being picky – I did very much enjoy my burger, and judging by the appreciative smiles all round, I wasn’t the only one. I’d give it an 8.5. This a burger place I would come back to.

Kustom Burgers Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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I’ve visited Fordham’s in the past for brunch – and I’m a fan already. However, I’ve always wanted to try their burger – well, today I got that chance. As most of you know – I’m broke. it’s really not Awesome. So going out and about is far less common that it used to be. However, Taz (Poppy Taz) hadn’t visited Lucy for a while and had offered to shout us Lunch. I’ll never pass up the shot at a free lunch – and of course it is always nice to catch up with Taz.

It wasn’t too busy at Fordham’s – we arrived a bit after the Brunch rush so things were starting to settle down – we got a table inside and had the menus out and food ordered pretty quickly. I got the double cheeseburger, Katie – the steak sandwich and Taz went for the scotch eggs. The scotch eggs looked amazing and according to Taz, were pretty good.

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An interesting take on the old scotch egg – Taz felt that they were surprising – but in a good way. Katie’s steak sandwich was apparently very good, she didn’t give me any so I can’t confirm. I ordered the burger, which comes with big chips – nice and soft in the centre and accompanied with some very nice dipping sauce. The burger is advertised as the double cheese burger – I normally think double beef when I hear that, but on this occasion it meant double cheese. I would have liked another patty to be honest – next time I might order it that way. Anyway – the burger comes pretty standard – meat, double American cheese, pickles, tomato, sauce. For a cheese burger, it’s very good. You know my position on bacon, so I feel as though it could only be enhanced by a couple of crispy slices – but aside from the lack of bacon – it’s quite good. So good in fact that I had to keep it away from Lucy:

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The bun in this burger was well toasted, a little on the sweet side for me, but balanced well by the other elements. The patty was cooked all the way through, I think it would have been better with a hint of pink. Even still, it was juicy and tender, and most importantly – well seasoned. There were quite a few pickles and a fair whack of sauce – when coupled with the double cheese – this gave the burger a really, juicy, saucy kind of feel which I really liked. A bit on the small side for me – however the elements are there for a great burger – and considering the place is a brunch place and not a burger joint – I’m impressed. I give it a 7.5 – which is a solid score – add bacon and I’d say it would be an 8+.

 

Brother Burger has been on my to do list for a while now – unfortunately I don’t get out as much as I used to. Chris however is footloose and fancy free… without letting me know, he went off and sampled Brother Burger, and then was nice enough to send me a photo and suggest he do a write up… Thanks Chris. Below is his take on Brother Burger.
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After Archery on a weekend there’s nothing like heading to get a good Burger. Being in the area a friend of mine and myself decided to try Brother Burger on Brunswick Street Fitzroy. It was the long weekend so Melbourne was deserted. Fighting our way past the tumbleweeds and chirping crickets that populated the streets instead of people, we were relieved to see that it was open. Honestly it looked like the Zombie Apocalypse was in progress. But Brother Burger was buzzing. Ahh, this is where everyone is. Well…were all the hipsters were.
Brother Burger promises a good Wagyu burger experience, they make a big deal of the high quality hand grinded burger patty you are about to experience taken from cows that had been pampered in fields so grassy you could only see their little cow ears poking up. So naturally I got the double. My friend strangely got the lamb burger. Who gets the lamb burger?
To start we decided the Smokey Buffalo wings and beers were the order of the day and to accompany them some beers. They have a craft beer called the “Holden Haytime” beer by Half-moon. It was amazing.  A desert like beer that manages to taste not entirely unlike a Golden Gay time. Look it’s a beer. The fact that it tastes like a golden gay time at all is amazing.  When the wings arrived they were beautiful with a crispy outer shell of batter that had been soaked in Smokey sweet BBQ sauce.  So far so good. We also ordered some of the Onion rings because….well onion rings are awesome.
When the burgers arrived they looked the business. They smelt amazing. Mine was a beautiful stack of grilled meat with cheese, BBQ sauce, jalapenos, lettuce, tomato, caramelised onions for sweetness and sharp American mustard on a nice light milk bun. The burger was a good size and looked like it would hold together well.
There were just two issues with it. First, whilst the meat was not quite as promised, it wasn’t the best cut, it wasn’t even the second best cut. This was chuck, chuck with gristle in it. Wagyu? Um…no. I had to chew my way through more than a few pieces of sinew and cartilage. Which I don’t mind…..provided I’m not paying $17 for a burger and I was faithfully promised finest Wagyu by the menu.
Second was the Mustard. Way too sharp and way too much of it. I didn’t order the Mustard burger did I? No…that’s just how it comes? Ugh.
My friend was having similar issues with his burger. But his biggest problem was the meat. He did not like the meat. Now look, Lamb can be divisive; it’s our national meat but it has a strong smell and sometimes that puts people off. I’m not squeamish and I like lamb, but based on the smell did not try the small piece of patty I was given to sample. It might have been the herbs, it might have been the spices but it seemed like it was the meat itself and I was glad I didn’t order it but my friend had ordered it and it remained uneaten. And that’s the most damming thing I can say about Brother Burger. Even though we were both hungry when we walked in neither Burger was finished.
I give my burger 4 out of 10.
Well – there we have it – not the best burger experience. Another let down? I will have to investigate further myself and I promise to dutifully report back.

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After the unmitigated disaster that was last weekends burger hunt, I needed to rebound with something special. There’s still quite a few burgers on my to-do list, and one that has been up the top for quite some time is Laurie Dee’s. The reason I haven’t ticked it off yet is the fact that it’s almost an hour away from where I live. Today I decided it was time. So off on the burger hunt we went. By we I mean, Katie, Chris and of course Lucy.

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After the long trip in the car talking about burgers we arrived a fairly ravenous bunch – sprint walking to the restaurant. Thankfully it was pretty quiet and we were seated and ordering before too long. A quick look around Laurie Dee’s and you immediately think Franchise. This place is being positioned to franchise. From the décor to the menu to the layout – it all screams franchise. Not that this is always a bad thing – but it did put me off a little bit at first. The menu is slick and full of delicious photo’s, so after I wiped my drool off the menu, I proceeded to select a burger. I opted for the Double Laurie Dee’s with added bacon ($12.95), Katie went for the Double Bacon & Cheddar ($10.95), and Chris decided to go crazy and opted for the Sloppy Joe ($10.95). We also ordered some chilli cheese fries and I got a Banana Shake – Katie and Chris later ordered some of the “Frozen custard” for dessert.

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One thing I will say, is that you probably want to go for the double – the burgers aren’t big – they’re designed to go two patties. Speaking of the patties – very interesting. Apparently they are hand minced daily, which is great, but the way the are cooked is where you get the biggest difference from your normal burger. Very thin and squashed flat, the edges get crispy and very caramelised, which gives you a nice meaty taste. Generally, the danger here would be a rubbery, dry overcooked patty, but at Laurie Dee’s they have avoided that – The patty is still juicy enough, and encased in melted, gooey, American style cheese – so you get that fatty, salty accompaniment to the beef – works well. The overall flavour reminded me of American fast food beef – not unlike five guys actually. The bacon is the next hit – it’s smokey, salty and crisp – delicious. The buns are fairly standard fast food style – very soft and spongy, although not cakey in this case. The sauces were great, although I’ve never been a massive fan of pickle relish – too sweet for me – I’d probably be happy to leave it out next time. Overall a very good fast food style American burger. In fact we all really enjoyed our burgers . The chilli fries were also great – once again very much like what I’ve gotten back in the states – A nice cheesy sauce with a mild chilli – worth getting if you go.

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Since I was full from the meal (Plus I had a thick shake – nice enough, but nothing you haven’t had before) I skipped ordering my own dessert. Katie and Chris both really enjoyed theirs and from the sneaky tastes I managed to get, I’d have to agree. Not sure if “frozen custard” is really any different to ice cream, but either way it’s good.

On the long drive home, much of the discussion centred around the rating. Everyone really enjoyed their food – The clear theme was value for money and delivering on the promise of a good fast food style American burger. My thoughts were – as good as it was – it was still fast food quality. Can I go above 7.5 in this case? Chris and Katie seemed to think yes.

I think I’m going to stick to my guns on this one. A very enjoyable, fun burger. If you’ve eaten burgers in the States, you’ll enjoy this. If you like the current gourmet burger trend, then you might rate this burger a little lower. In any case, I’m going rate this a good solid 7.5 with a note that my fellow burger hunters would rate it higher.

 

Laurie Dee's Hamburgers & Frozen Custard Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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I’ve wanted to try this place for a while now – they have some of the tastiest looking burgers on instagram. Not only that, but the feedback around the traps has been fairly positive so I’ve been waiting for an excuse to head out to the western suburbs. Recently, that excuse came in the form of a text message from Chris:

“Burger tonight?”

Obviously when you’ve been starved of good burgers for a while, the response was an instantaneous – yes. After some planning, Chris and his partner Hannah agreed to meet me in Essendon around 6:30. I got there a little late as the trip across town is a bit of pain and the traffic sucked. Chris clearly had a worse time of it than me, as he still wasn’t there by 7pm. In the mean time, I got to watch some very delicious looking burgers come off the pass and out the door. I ordered some mac and cheese slappers and a salted caramel milkshake just to pass the time.

The salted caramel milkshake was more thickshake than milkshake – just how I like them – delicious. The slappers were good, but I’ll be honest, I don’t really rate fried mac and cheese – the problem is that is will inevitably be too dry and mostly pasta with only a little sauce. I love mac and cheese, but I like it saucy, not dry – and you can’t have that if you fry it or it would just fall apart. This attempt was a good as it’s probably going to get, so if it’s your thing, then I’m sure these wont disappoint.

By the time Chris and Hannah arrived I was so hungry from watching burger after burger paraded before my eyes that I was sitting in a puddle of drool (Ok, not that bad – but gee I was hungry).

We raced up to the counter to order our burgers – I’d had some time to decided what I wanted so I ordered the Dude burger with added bacon – apparently they have cold smoked bacon here – it looks delicious. I’m sure it would make the burgers just that much better, but I’ll never know as they had run out. I could see and smell the last remaining rashes of bacon sizzling on the grill – oh woe was me. My death stare towards Chris was ignored/avoided. Although, to be fair, I shouldn’t blame him for their lack of bacon supplies… In the end I ordered the Dude burger – 160gm Wagyu beef patty cooked medium, American cheddar, caramelised onions, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, ketchup, mustard and aioli – $13. Chris opted to double down, with the extra patty and Hannah went for the delicious looking southern fried chicken burger.

We didn’t have to wait too long for our burgers. I was straight into mine – honestly, anything would have tasted amazing at this stage. After the first couple of bites I paused, and Hannah commented that I had a thoughtful expression. Chris too had paused. There was a problem. Neither of us wanted to admit it. I tried some of the patty on it’s own, I took a couple more bites. The look of the burger wasn’t the problem – it looked amazing. The elements themselves were high quality and well cooked – The bun was the sweeter style brioche which can be cakey, however they had warmed these through and the effect was a perfectly soft and spongy bun – a bit on the sweet side for me though. The pickles were great, a sharp/sweet style. The salad did its job and added texture and freshness. The cheese was melted well, although it was very mild. The caramelised onions added richness. The sauces were in the background and didn’t really add to the flavour, rather they added juiciness. And finally we come to the Wagyu patty. Perfectly cooked, juicy, tender.

So what’s the problem you ask? This sounds like an amazing burger. The only problem was that it wasn’t. It was like someone had made me a cordial and not put enough syrup in the glass. It was “watery”.

There was very little flavour. The whole burger was bland – the dominant flavour was sweet. I got almost no beef flavour, no salt, very little savoury – “umami”. Chris had two patties and he had the same problem. It was like they had selected a very lightly flavoured beef and then forgot to season the patties. The whole thing was just intensely disappointing. We discussed that the sweet flavour profile would have really worked with some BBQ sauce, or the addition of smokey bacon to counter the sweet notes… But in the end we were grasping at straws.

At the end of the day, there was very little beef flavour in the beef patties – this is not a good thing in a beef burger. I wanted to believe that we just got a weird batch. I wanted love these burgers. I can’t give this burger anything more than 6.5 based on my experience. I’ll go back and try the burger with bacon and see how it goes – a burger this good looking shouldn’t be this bad. On the plus side – Hannah thought the chicken burger was delicious…

Dude Food Man Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Sometimes you have those moments in your life when it seems as though all is well with the world. Admittedly, at those moments you’re probably not reflecting very deeply and it’s possible that the sumptuous burger that is filling your mouth is making real introspection difficult. Regardless of the realities of the Greek financial crisis or third world poverty or Miley Cyrus –  I had one such moment at Mr Scruff’s. Had you observed me at that point in time, you would have witnessed an overweight, balding man, grinning crazily and probably giggling at times as he shoved a rather larger burger into his mouth – possibly pausing occasionally to stare at the beautiful burgery goodness that fate had seen fit to place in his hands. Oh my goodness indeed…

Ah, I should probably explain as this is getting a little weird… Damo and I had not caught up for quite some time and with Lucy fed and in bed, I decided to head out for a burger. I’d heard some buzz about Mr Scuff’s and I felt that now was my opportunity to test out the reports. Damo was keen for a catch up so off we went. 7:30 on a cold Tuesday in the middle of the Melbourne winter had not dissuaded the punters and Mr Scruff’s was pretty full. We had to wait for a table to clear so we could sit down. But since it was “Chewsday” I guess it was always going to be busy. I was happy to wait, so we ordered our burgers. Damo went for the chewsday special – the Pooter Burger which came with think gravy, mozzarella, a bacon weave (which just means heaps of bacon!!)  kipfler chips, usa cheese, a beef patty, cos lettuce and mayo – for $18. That actually didn’t sound particularly appealing to me so I went for the standard burger with an added patty and bacon. It comes with Cheese, lettuce, onions, pickles and a special sauce – $17 in total. We also ordered the Poutine – because, Poutine – and some onion rings. Both side were exceptionally good. I really like the poutine here – it was about as good as I’ve had outside of Canada to be honest – although still not quite right (Missing the cheese curds – grated cheese doesn’t work as well). But we’re not here to talk about the sides – however good they might be…

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My burger was, from start to finish – amazing. One of the best burgers I’ve had full stop! The bun was perfect for this burger – a fresh white bread with a soft and spongy feel – although strong enough to stand up to a juicy, saucy, double meat burger. The bacon in this burger was great – a nice crispy cut which was smokey with just the right amount of fat without becoming greasy. The cheese was perfectly melted and the American style was the right choice. The patties were the standout however – both well cooked with a nice hint of pink – and a really good size for a double – not too thin and not too thick. The meat was ground on a fairly coarse setting which allowed for a juicy, beefy texture and the seasoning was on point. The lettuce added the freshness and the pickles were necessary to add sharpness and cut through all the rich fatty elements. Overall the burger was perfectly balanced. Each bite was burger heaven – and even though I was feeling pretty full, I know that if another burger had been placed in front of me, it would have been pretty difficult to stop myself from giving it a shot.

This to me, is a perfect expression of this style of burger – quality ingredients, well executed, balanced. It’s the bacon double cheeseburger that you dream of when you want one – but never get (Until now!).

I give it a 9.5 – If I were asked where you should go for the best bacon double cheeseburger in Melbourne – this would be it. I want one right now!

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I was in the city for a bit of adventure for Chris’s birthday recently at venue called Escape Hunt in the city. It was actually a lot more fun than I thought it would be, even though we were too slow to figure out the mystery… Afterwards it was suggested that we head off to the Mitre Tavern for some refreshments –  Now I wasn’t planning for a burger, but as the opportunity presented itself, who was I to say no… Sometimes I should say no… Not all burgers are created equal. You just have wonder why venues will bother to put a burger on the menu and then produce these insipid, can’t be bothered burgers. I mean, what’s the point if you are just going to serve up a pre-frozen, sausage patty, which has no resemblance to anything I would call a burger. Do they think people order burgers because they lack a sophisticated palate and wont care what they get – as long as it’s hot and comes with chips??? I have to believe that’s what some “chefs” think. What I think is that if you can’t be bothered, then don’t put it on the menu. By all reports, the other meals were fine – standard pub fare. The burger… NOT FINE.

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I’m not really sure if I could be bothered with this review, because it would appear the “chef” couldn’t be bothered with my burger… I mean, they didn’t even bother to sauce the thing – I had to do that myself.

The burger arrived open and I guess the small amount of tomato sauce was to serve for both the chips and the burger??  The patty wasn’t close to good – it was clearly just heated up and as a result it was pretty rubbery. To compare it to an overcooked sausage would be unfair to the sausage. The lettuce was that salad mix stuff you get in bags from the supermarket – it just doesn’t belong on a burger. To be brutally honest, the best thing about the whole affair was the beetroot. AND I HATE BEETROOT. Sure I guess the bun was ok, and the onion rings were nice enough if you ate them on their own with the sauce, although then you would have nothing left for the burger…

Honestly I’d give it a 3.5 – Avoid the burger.

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