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Published August 8th 2012
Over the past six months, Chompers has brought vintage American cuisine to the forefront of Brisbane's stomach.
Normally somewhat of a niche market, this American chain comes fully equipped with some real classics. Curly fries, onion rings as well as burgers the size of a loaf of bread are just a few of the classic American nourishments that you can expect to chose from. As well as old favourites such as potato skins, root beer floats, deep fried Oreos and fried Mars Bar on a stick, Chompers has brought the taste of the states to Australia.
I recently visited the store in the Yeronga Village on Fairfield Road. I was happily eating one of their classic hamburgers when a man at the table next to me ordered what Chompers affectionately call the "Oh My Goodness Burger." Forgive the cliche but this thing was as American as Uncle Sam and Apple Pie. A thick beef patty, lettuce, cheese and bacon stuffed between two Krispy Kreme donuts. Chompers like to call this "Donifying a Burger." So for an extra $4.00 you can swap your buns out for two Krispy Kremes. I am yet to try this but by the looks of it, you may have to give up half your pancreas.
The chain has seemingly exploded onto Brisbane's fast food market, with stores being erected in Oxley, Daisy Hill and Yeronga over the last six months.
As far as prices go it would sit above your McDonalds, Hungry Jacks and KFCs. Averaging $6.50 for a burger or $10 for a meal with chips and a drink, it's not exactly cheap and nasty. The American-esque chain put the hard work in to physically make each meal instead of having patties pre-made which is refreshing. On the other hand, they do differ from your typical family owned burger shop due to their prioritising speedy service over care which ultimately I believe takes away from the taste.
Don't get me wrong, I believe Chompers has successfully brought classic, vintage American cuisine into Australia at a higher standard than any other of your generic fast food joints, but it's no family owned burger store. It is hard to balance care and taste with speed of service and Chompers have nearly got it right.
In summary, this new kid on the block will continue to develop thanks to its product and style, unseen before in Brisbane.