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by Shannon Meyerkort (subscribe)
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Published January 25th 2012
What team do you play for: old-school or new-age? What's your preference when it comes to burgers? Are you a traditionalist and stick to beef patties with salad? Do you prefer lamb or chicken, or perhaps even fish? Are one of those people who love beetroot and egg in their burgers, or are you one of those who hates beetroot and egg in their burgers? Do you like a bit of foodie bling in your burger – blue cheese perhaps, or jalapenos?

It doesn't matter what your preferences are, because at Betty's Café (formerly Retro Betty's) there are fifteen different types of burgers to choose from including all of the options above, plus a range of flatbreads, salads and other dishes such as nachos. Well, Betty's by-line is 'not just burgers…'

Each of the burgers, which range between $12.50 and $18 have a name starting with B, and some of them are pretty silly. My friend however, had no trouble ordering her Binky burger ($12.50) with a straight face (100% beef patty, cheese, tomato) although I had difficulty finding the connection between my Botticelli burger ($14) and its very Aussie ingredients of 100% beef, tomato, lettuce, onion, bacon, pineapple and tomato relish.

The burgers are decently sized and full of fresh ingredients. They might not be as gourmet and cutting edge as those at Jus Burgers, and you might not have a choice of buns like at Grill'd, but Betty's burgers are honest and filling. They come half wrapped in a piece of paper making it easier to handle, but I wish they were cut in half, or at least provided knives, so you didn't end up with tomato sauce dripping down your elbows because you were afraid to put your burger down in case it fell apart.

You have the option of fries or wedges as sides ($4.50/$5.50 to $8/$8.50) with the wedges coming with small tubs of both sour cream and sweet chilli sauce. The servings are generous and we were unable to finish our giant bowl of wedges. We tried really hard though.

One of the highlights for me was always the oven-baked pancakes. The size of a dinner plate, thick, soft and full of interesting flavours, they were worth the 20 minute wait. The number of pancake options have dropped in recent years, but you still have five choices (all $14) all served with vanilla ice cream and extras including chocolate chips and chocolate sauce (Lovely Jubbly), apple, brown sugar and maple syrup (Gourmet Granny) or banana, coconut and maple syrup (Castaway). Other dessert options include sundaes, spiders, smoothies and some pretty decadent milkshakes (17 different flavours, all $6.90).

Betty's Café is located in the Innaloo cinema complex, so parking is rarely an issue. It is also pretty spacious inside with a range of seating including rectangular and round booths, normal chairs and tables, and bar stools. There are even four couches if that's your preference, though I imagine they're probably more suited to sipping milkshakes (or wine) than munching a massive burger. Oh, and Betty's is licenced (with a very limited range), so a beer with your burger is an entirely feasible option.

So it doesn't matter who you are, or where your tastes lie because you will probably find something to satisfy at Betty's.
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Why? A good, old-fashioned burger (with or without a movie)
When: Open seven days
Where: Inside the Innaloo Megaplex, Liege Street Innaloo
Cost: Burgers cost between $12.50 and $10, small chips $4.50
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