Fast Eddy's has been a late night fixture in Perth since the late 1970s, and I remember visiting the one in Perth City in search of a feed many a late night after twinkling my toes at The Loft in the mid 1990s.
It is one of the true (and remaining) 24 hour restaurants in Perth.
All of the Fast Eddy café's are built in the same manner, reminiscent of an old train station, with white picket verandahs and latticework, curled back dark wooden chairs, and old-style fittings like an old petrol station or ice cream parlour.
The walls are adorned with vintage signs and advertisements, memorabilia and plaques. Soon enough, some of these things will be as foreign to kids as dinosaur bones.
The menu is heavily dominated by burgers and snack food such as nachos. There is a breakfast menu (from 7am), a large milkshake and desserts menu, coffees and since it is licensed, a compact wine, beer and spirits section (only available with meals to the 'more mature set').
Let's talk about the menu for a minute, because this is one of the most endearing and enduring aspects of Fast Eddys. Like the old-style broadsheet newspaper that will never die, the Fast Eddy's menu is simply enormous, difficult to handle and instantly recognisable. With vintage styling in its lettering and pictures, 'back in the day' it was a very cool thing to have hanging on your wall.
Despite still being in breakfast territory, my partner in crime and I elected to order burgers. I went for the not-actually-a-burger BLT ($11.95) while he chose the signature 'Cop The Lot' burger ($19.95). My friend told me he knew someone who once decided to drive to Perth for a Cop The Lot burger after finishing work. He worked in Albany. Must have been some burger.
Even though I know BLTs are technically toasted sandwiches, I don't actually like it when they come out between two pieces of toasted bread, as I think it is too dry. Maybe that's just my personal taste though.
The Cop the Lot admittedly didn't look that big on first appearances, but appearances can be deceiving. Filled with every burger extra known to mankind, it is a heavy, dense burger. You'll be enjoying it for a while, if you get my drift.
Let's be clear guys, this is not first date food. According to my friend, it's probably not even 'to be consumed in public' food. It's too big to handle with any degree of decorum, and a knife and fork are probably required. Still, it was pretty tasty and certainly filling.
Fast Eddy's is not a posh place. It's not even a gourmet burger joint, so if you don't go in with these sorts of expectations you won't be disappointed. What is does, it does well: and if that is to provide generous food at all hours of the day or night, all across Perth, then that should be enough.
There are Fast Eddy Café's in Morley, Perth City, Cannington and Midland.