19 September 2007

burgers, with beetroot, egg, bacon and real chips

| astrojax
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all right, we’ve had a few posts on where to get a decent coffee, but a while back (ok, a couple of years, i’ll admit) i tried to get a decent chip-shop hamburger early on a sunday evening. i lived in ainslie then (and still inner norf) and found this undertaking to be something akin to tracking down a golden fleece, or a holy grail.

where, o where, does one get a real honest to goodness corner milkbar hamburger with the lot (except pineapple – where did that ‘concept’ come from??!! shoot them now…) and especially obtainable at reasonable ‘i-feel-like-a-burger-’cause-it’s-sunday-and-i’m-not-cooking-’cause-i-don’t-wanna-and-you-can’t-make-me’ times…?? and with ‘hot chips’, not frgggnkknn ‘fries’. s’orstrylya, after all, innit?

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green_frogs_go_pop8:35 am 02 Jun 08

i had one from johno’s in mawson the other night, and it was really good! Hurrah.

(Ok, i may of had to waste 20 out of 30 minutes of my lunch break waiting there, but it was worth it. besides, they gave me a “you-also-work-in-mawson” discount, haha)

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy9:04 pm 01 Jun 08

Open burger with the lot from Central Cafe Queanbeyan – amazing.

Found an awesome hamburger and even better chips! Trouble is, it’s not in Canberra. It’s in Cooma. Alpine Hotel, about halfway along the main drag, as you start up the hill. Very old hotel, not refurbished at all, great main bar and dining room off it wiht roaring face-baking fire. And the most incredible hamburgers, but the chips were a revelation. Piping hot, big fat ones, crisp and pale and soft (almmost not there) inside.

A normal one was $5, with chips $6. Their super-burger is the Alpine Burger, with everything and just humungous. And chips.

Anyone heading to the snow, or who happens to be in Cooma on the way to the Rivers Outlet, stop at the Alpine. The fireplace is classic Art Deco, big and round, massive. Quite surprising to see.

that guy who works in ainslie is the grease-ist man i’ve ever seen

“Steve’s in Melba is defiantly the take away to rule all take always. Their staff are so nice and their food is so great that they were able to survive for a good 4 years when all of the other shops in the complex closed (they have now opened again).

Their burgers are perfect and their crumbed fish is the best I have ever tasted”

Thanks for the comment Steve lol

Steve’s in Melba is defiantly the take away to rule all take always. Their staff are so nice and their food is so great that they were able to survive for a good 4 years when all of the other shops in the complex closed (they have now opened again).

Their burgers are perfect and their crumbed fish is the best I have ever tasted

yeah, when I first read the thread yesterday, I remembered my old daily lunch from the hamburgery in Qbn next to Walshes, a hamburger with the Lot (no bloody pineapple though). Huge bun, proper bun not that sponge-like sugary stuff they use now, liberally buttered and toasted, raw and fried onion, massive home-made pattie, all the usual salady stuff AND beetroot, some bacon and an egg. Damn that was good.

might try the chook joint in Braddon again. Never tried their hamburgers.

Vic Bitterman8:42 pm 20 Sep 07

Geezuz you lot have made me hungry for a nice fresh aussie hamburger for dinner tomorrow night!!!!

Any Theo’s Takeaway has always been a winner for me. Lately a battered fish burger from Theo’s at Ainsle shops has become a weekly meal.

The Watson takeaway used to be good but has gone downhill in the last couple of years. They now use nasty falling-apart buns and you have to specifically ask for the beetroot. Flatheads does the best burgers, and they are almost traditional – except for the torpedo rolls. Only problem is that they take *ages*.

Theo’s Takeaway on Boddington Cres Kambah makes super cheap, super tasty burgers and chips. It pulls in people from miles round – always wondered why the parking area was packed for a tiny collection of shops – they’re all waiting for their order inside.

el ......VNBerlinaV82:01 pm 20 Sep 07

ns – Marty’s is the food caravan on Parramatta St, pretty much opposite where the old Philip Motor Registry used to be.

canberra towie, where exactly in Phillip is Marty’s hot stuff?

canberra towie12:39 pm 20 Sep 07

The only place that rates a mention is Marty’s hot stuff in Phillip
Great food friendly service and open almost all night 7 days a week !!!

That charcoal chicken place up behind Fenner Hall in Braddon does good work astrojax.

Anyone else here appreciate the irony of this post being right next to the childhood obesity one? 🙂

el ......VNBerlinaV811:55 am 20 Sep 07

More good experiences with Hughes takeaway here.

Mamma Ria’s wasn’t even the best place for a burger in Kippax more than five years ago let alone Canberra. Theo’s was next door to Mamma Ria’s years ago and they made a much better burger. My friends went to Theo’s regularly, until we saw the size of the Mamma Ria’s burgers. The owner (Theo?) saw us walk to Mamma Ria’s for their burgers and he confidently said “You’ll be back”. He was right. Bigger doesn’t make it better. Shame he moved from Kippax to another location. Sounds like he is located South-side now.

Another thing about Mamma Ria’s were their pizzas. Loads of topping, which sounds great but loads of topping means that it didn’t cook properly inside so you had raw ingredients in the centre. Once again proving bigger doesn’t mean better.

luke.downing10:34 am 20 Sep 07

Hughes Takeaway is indeed pretty good. Chips are great too. The pizzas are fantastic – especially the chicken-meat-lovers pizza with BBQ sauce.

As for Inner North… I thought that Flatheads did a decent burger in addition to FnC. It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed one though. Someone did report their most excellent Sunday morning brekky for $10, which while not healthy – it’s the perfect hangover cure.

ya see? nothing vaguely near the people’s republic of the inner norf… and yes, mama ria’s used to be well worth the drive for the humungous and delicious fare. sad to hear of its demise…

any more, mebbe closer to me? is there nothing at all in civic, say, that gives a good burger?

ta all the recommendations – shall keep a look out, and btw, the first milkbar on the right going into cowra from here does a mean burger. bit of a drive but.

Used to but the Belconnen Basket Ball take-away made a great hamburger. 49

I’m with TAD on Cookery Nook at Hawker shops. Their pizzas are also quite mountainous, if not good for the heart.

green_frogs_go_pop9:56 pm 19 Sep 07

i agree, calwell shops is really good..

The takeaway at Calwell shops is pretty good.. only eaten there the once but I was quite impressed.

Mama Ria’s at Kippax isn’t as good since it was taken over….

Felix the Cat9:23 pm 19 Sep 07

I haven’t had a hamburger at Yass Rd Takeaway but I can vouch for their salad rolls!

Not a big fan of Ngunnawal Takeaway, food is passable I ‘spose (only ever had pizza and grilled fish) but in my experience the service could do with some fine tuning.

Deadmandrinking9:19 pm 19 Sep 07

One place I will never forget for it’s burger’s is the G-spot food van in the carpark of the gunghalin lakes (?) club. Huge burgers! They were called things like ‘big bastards’ ‘evil bastards’ and ‘crazy bastards’ (lotsa chilli). Made a satisfying five-in-the-morning meal.

It all started to go downhill when they stopped using proper buns, and began using that crap that disintegrates.

Some of the places in Qbn used to do great hamburgers, and I’m just guessing here, but there’s a hamburgery on Yass Road, opposite Magnet Mart, and in the morning it is doing a ROARING trade with all those blokes in fluro shirts. Trucks and utes swarm the place, or they are crossing the road on foot from the industrial area on the Magnet Mart side. I bet they do proper hamburgers.

Mama Rias was taken over – Used to love their Aussie pizza – Ditto Ngunnawal T/A – my local too…inner norf I use to frequent Lyneham T/A – was pretty choice – its just next to “The Front”

Hughes Takeaway isn’t too bad, just your old-school Aussie chippy. I’ve gotta say their vegetarian burger is egregious though – it’s just a hamburger with the lot without the hamburger.

On a side note, the Hungarian word for cheeseburger is ‘Sajtburger’. In Hungarian, Ss are pronounced like “sh” in English, and the J is like a y… so yes, you can actually go to a Macca’s in Budapest and order a Shiteburger.

philbert83au4:32 pm 19 Sep 07

Theo’s of Boddington Crt Kambah…bit of a drive but fully orfentik

Geez, am I the only one who thinks the Cookery Nook at the Hawker Shops is fantabulous

hingo_VRCalaisV63:24 pm 19 Sep 07

Ngunnawal TakeAway is the one on Wanganeen.

The one in the Platypus centre is called Elenas Kitchen or something.

asp… wash your mouth out. how dare you pollute a topic about real hamburgers by trying to slide in a side reference to Maccas crap. you should be sin-binned from this forum for ten days…

hairy nosed wombat3:03 pm 19 Sep 07

Which hamburger joint in Ngunnawall, as there are two hamburger joints there.
One is at the main shops on Jabanungga/Wanganeen.
The other is at the Platypus centre off Paul Coe cct

Steves at Melba

Charcoal Chicken at Charnwood (Comes without bullet wounds since the tavern was removed, still pipe bombed to perfection though 😛 )

Acacia (?) Cafe in Braddon. Next to Fit Sistas.

Ditto Ngunnawal takeaway – fantastic service too!!

“the bun was the same diameter as a full size dinner plate”

Maybe I have large plates, but that burger would have a diameter of 6-8 inches.

If you like big burgers, Maccas will do a “double pounder”. I was successful in ordering one. Not so much in consuming on though. They did however refuse my request to add bacon to another part of my meal. what a croc. Who wouldn’t want a bacon mcflurry?

kramer, long time ago though.
their burgers, and in fact, most of their food, has gone distinctly down hill in the past 5 years or so, since it changed hands.
i think it’s on like the 3rd set of owners now since the initial owners sold it

Mamma Ria’s at Kippax used to make the best hamburgers – the bun was the same diameter as a full size dinner plate. One with the lot was enough for two meals. I haven’t been there for some years – anyone been there recently?

Ngunnaway Take Away. Their minimum $3.50 chips is a meal in itself. Can’t beat a proper take-away shop or home made burger.

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