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Five Alternatives to McDonalds

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by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce (subscribe)
Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at:
Published August 18th 2014
Something meaty between something bready
When John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich asked his valet to bring him some cold meat between two chunks of bread so he didn't get his fingers greasy while playing cribbage I'm pretty sure he had no idea what he was starting.

Lord Sandwich (1718 - 1792) (Picture in the Public Domain)

If he had not inherited the title it's interesting to think that even now we'd be ordering 'Two cheese and tomato Montagus, please.'

The whole concept of meat between two slices of bread became hugely popular to the point that the Wall Street Journal called the sandwich Britain's 'biggest contribution to gastronomy'.

And then went on to invent the most iconic image of America the world has ever seen - meat between two halves of a bread roll.
This cultural icon has been mass produced there in Burger King, Wendy's and most notably McDonalds. These are all standardised, and standardisation leads to a lack of innovation.

So if you are looking for something different from a standard burger, I have some suggestions for you.

Nandos Ellenbrook Branch
Nandos is a world-wide chain of casual dining restaurants. It was founded in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1987 and has now spread to 1,000 outlets in thirty countries.

A burger with 'The Lot' at Nando's (Photo by D Sutherland-Bruce)

Nandos specialises in chicken dishes in peri-peri sauce - they do an excellent chicken filled hamburger. Read the full review ]here.

Mt Helena Deli
Duane Johnson's deli is not part of a chain. It was founded by the Johnson family twenty-six years ago and is now run by scion of the family, Duane. Although they are well known for their fast food, the 'Hills Burger' with 'the lot' is widely famed in the hills and wherever passing motorists live.

A Hills Burger with the Lot (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)

A full review may be read here.

Alfred's Kitchen
Another non-chain unique burger joint is Guildford's iconic Alfred's Kitchen, named for Alfred Cook who set up a caravan flogging the new-fangled American 'patty-in-a-bun' in 1946.

One of Alfred's forty burgers (Photgraph by D Sutherland-Bruce)

Although Alfred himself is long gone, Alfred's now offers over forty different kinds of burgers along with the traditional Pea and Ham Soup.

A full review may be read here.

American Ribs and Grill

Still another stand-alone, although not for want of opportunity, is the American Ribs and Grill at Hillary's Boat Harbour. Obviously the name is a hint that the burgers are prepared in the American style.

Lambburger at American Ribs and Grill (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)

And, of course, they are with the buns beautifully toasted and with Jacks own, unique sauces and excellent chips.

A full review may be found here.

Hog's Breath Cafe Midland Branch
Moving back to chain restaurants, the Hog's Breath Cafe is a home-grown phenomenon, the first having been opened at Airlie Beach in Queensland in 1989.

It has since moved overseas to New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore and has plans to move into the UK, Europe and North America. The main thrust of the restaurant is centred on the prime rib, but they do a very nice line in burgers - well worth sampling.

Hog's Breath Cafe Burger with cury fries (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)

A full review may be found here.

I strongly suggest you try these and more - the research must continue.
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Out of that selection have to say Ribs 'n Grill is the best. Nando's chips - amazing...but then Ribs 'n Grill is just a good and GREAT value for money! ;)
by SocialHummingBird (score: 3|1190) 1914 days ago
bbs in mnt lawley best burgers hands down
by Ricka (score: 0|6) 1912 days ago
Jus Burgers or Mundy Gusto for me (though Nando's is also good). Tried Alfred's Kitchen once and couldn't understand the long line- expensive for what we got and underwhelming to boot.
by ace (score: 1|34) 1912 days ago
Hi Douglas,
I love a good burger. You've inspired me to do some 'research' of my own to find Brisbane's best. As you say, anything for the reader.
by Geraldine Massey (score: 3|8126) 1913 days ago
Great article Douglas - it would have been fun "researching" that one!
by Lucy (score: 3|1157) 1914 days ago
Grill'd does some good burgers too.
by Happy Mom (score: 2|548) 1913 days ago
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