What is it about the letter B? A while ago I wrote about the best fish and chips in Scarborough, which can be found at Bay Boats. They also do what was, in my opinion at the time, the best burger around, but that title has now passed on to another alliterative B establishment. Brad's Burger Bar.
My wife and I found this place through a Vegetarian friend, and she swears by the Veggie burger and the Hallumi Burger, apparently they are the best around with the veggie burger starting with eggplant rather than the more common mushed up veggie patty. My wife and I are dedicated carnivores, however, and we went for the beef burgers. My wife had the straightforward hamburger for $8.50 and I went for the Betty Blue, which was very similar with the addition of blue cheese sauce for $14.50. We also split a serving of rosemary and sea salt chips for $6.50.
Let's start with the chips. They were like chunky curly fries and were absolutely delicious. Probably the best I have ever had. The burgers likewise were amazing, but it's hard to explain why. The meat patty was meaty, seasoned well and clearly house made with love. The salad, while simply lettuce, tomato and onion (with beetroot if you want it), was all fresh and generous with nice thick tomato slices. No soggy thin tomato slices or limp lettuce here. The bun looked hard, which I'm not a fan of on a burger, but it turned out to be soft and amazingly fresh as soon as I picked it up. No need to toast the bun when they are this good. Altogether it sounds like a bog standard burger no matter how I try and explain it. To understand the difference you really need to try one.
I was not happy when I took the lid off my burger to see the blue cheese sauce, as it looked like very little was added. You could barely see the sauce. My first bite told me it was there though, and was balanced perfectly, any more would have been overwhelming. By that stage I should have realised that Brad knows what he is doing. I am not sure I would pay the extra $6 for it, as the burgers are amazing without it, but then again I probably would. If you are a fan of blue cheese you really can't go past it.
The location is likewise wonderful, sitting across from the ocean, but they do takeaway if you don't have time.
The neighbours are not flash at all, but for a Sydney kid this just reminds me of some of my favourite hole in the wall joints in places like Newtown. Hole in the wall is probably the best way to describe this place. The only seating is alfresco, and I'm genuinely amazed a kitchen can even fit behind the counter, but like most such places I have found the food more than makes up for it.
They also do breakfast, and the menu is very impressive. We will be back another time to try this, and I'm especially looking forward to the Breakfast Burrito and the Canadian Pancakes with bacon.