The smell of sizzling meat can be smelled halfway down Rundle street as you make your way to Burger Theory's new bricks and mortar store. They opened in early October; now the guys behind one of Adelaide first and most popular food trucks have permanent locations at both Pearl's Diner in Felixstow and the new Union Street store.
The menu features the standard Burger #1 (Coorong Angus beef, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and truck sauce) and Burger #2 (Coorong Angus beef, panchetta, onion, and blue cheese sauce), but more room also means more burgers. A chicken and vegetarian burger have both been added to the repertoire, as well as a special well-done kids burger--most burgers are served medium rare--and their special. Their first special was the 'Why Not Both' burger: a hybrid between a hotdog and a cheeseburger. Hopefully there will be some interesting burgers in the future like the run they did for the Art Burger series.
You can get all their burgers in deals, which also come with fries and a drink. The new store also means there's a liquor licence, so beer, wine and cider are all available.
If you're after dessert you can choose between the delicious Murray River salt choc chip cookies--they're the perfect mix between chewy and crunchy--or the butter waffles topped with ice cream. Milkshakes are also a must. Burger Theory are hoping to have frozen custard on the menu soon, they just need the funds to buy a machine from the US.
Union Street is a lot bigger than Pearl's Diner, so hopefully it'll run smoothly without too many long queues or waits for a table. You can grab a table or booth inside, or pick a spot outside on one of the tables that look down Ebeneezer Place.
Everything is pretty casual. Food comes served in cardboard trays or wrapped in the customised burger wrap; it's basically fast food done right. Saying that, there are times when the food could do with being a little bit faster. The store is still new and there are always going to be a few kinks that need ironing out before they find their groove. It's great to know that you'll always know where Burger Theory will be without having to blindly roam the streets or check an iPhone App. Of course Pearl--their food truck--is still running. She's taking a break while the store gets off the ground, but you'll still be able to grab a burger off the truck around Adelaide, at events, or at Fork on the Road.