Portuguese chicken burgers have entered the mainstream food scene through fast food franchises such as Nandos or Oportos. Frequenters of these establishments will understand the appeal of delicious marinated, grilled chicken and lemony and spicy peri peri sauce. Let me tell you now, those fast food joints have nothing on the original.
Anyone who frequents the Inner West will have their own go-to Portuguese burger place in Petersham. For me, that place is Frangos.
Frangos is a family owned and operated charcoal chicken restaurant that opened its doors in Petersham in 1992. Their website says they use a family recipe originating in Angola that's been passed down through the generations, which they share with us today.
In a Daily Telegraph poll in 2014, readers voted the Frangos Chicken Burger as the best burger in Sydney. In fact, their chicken burgers have been so popular that Frangos have now opened branches in Bella Vista, Smithfield and Penrith.
There is a dine in option, but this place has always been a take away burger joint to me. I have had Frangos during late night study sessions back in the day or as take-out for stay-in and watch Netflix with my other half.
As a pro-tip, I always call ahead 10min with my order so that it's packed and ready to go when I get there - and I advise you to do the same. When you arrive at the shopfront and see piles upon piles of butterflied, grilled chicken and the lines that follow, you will understand why.
You can peruse the take away menu here. Essentially your choices are charcoal chicken on its own, or the chicken burger with a mixture of sides.
My usual order is the original Portuguese Chicken Burger with chilli (there's a choice of chilli or mayo on the bun) and a side of fries with a dipping pot of chilli sauce and a pot of mayo. For advanced players, I would also suggest a little personal invention - and I use the fries (or a butter knife depending on availability) to slather a bit of mayo on my burger. The contrast of the spicy peri peri with the mayo on the chicken burger is legitimately next level!
As a word of warning - while the chicken burger is flawless, I have to say the fries I would consider only to be good. I didn't feel that there is quite the right balance of crunch to fluffiness, but the sizes are HUGE and lets be honest, everything tastes good dipped into that mayo and peri peri sauce.
Have I got you convinced yet? Or do you have your own Portuguese chicken burger go-to? If so, let me know in the comments below - I'm always happy to be proved wrong when it comes to delicious food!