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Published January 18th 2012
When I hear the words 'road trip', my stomach automatically lurches. It's thinking of fried burgers, chips and other delicacies from popular fast food chains for lunch and dinner and sometimes - given the early departure times from motels - for breakfast too. But on a recent trip to Sydney and Brisbane, a detour to explore seaside town, Harrington, provided a relief from cardboard flavoured road trip food in the form of a little takeaway called Kyle's Munchies.
Yes, we still had burgers and chips, but where drive through burgers are the same boring configuration of processed meat, processed cheese, stringy lettuce and sauce or mayonnaise, the burgers from Kylie's Munchies were fresh, grilled, and chock full of salad. I was travelling with my parents and the three of us kept taking bites and letting out long, satisfied murmurs as we ate. "Mmmmm."
The remains of my yummy, non-road trip chicken burger
The service was great, a lot better than the first place we stopped at, where we heard the proprietors arguing over if they had any salad. The locals were chatty and we enjoyed our burgers, chips and milkshakes, non-fast food chain style. The view of the bay was also a lot more pleasant than the standard road-trip view of the highway. Harrington is about a fifteen minute drive off the highway, but I would definitely advocate taking a bit of time and visiting those places that the highway bypasses and spending a few dollars to help their local economy.