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Published June 1st 2015
There's a place near mine in Croydon South (the shops opposite the Mall on Bayswater Rd; two doors up from the post office) that was once a lolly shop back when I was 3 or 4. Then it became an antique shop and somewhere in the middle I think it was another 'groggery', But most recently I learnt it had taken the form of eatery The Local Burger Co. This became a fresh staple in my memory.
My love for good burgers is no secret and most have appreciated this, but I'm one to be picky. Nando's was once a favourite until they served me a bun that possessed all the hardened qualities of concrete and I've also tried Burger Edge, but on my second outing all I was tasting was styrofoam. I am one to enjoy Grill'd (partly spoken to appease certain individuals I see at family gatherings) but sometimes I find the meat leaking juices. These are let downs one might never shake.
First to be said about The Local Burger Co., it's got a nice atmosphere that can sit around twentyish people indoors. I'm guessing there's some 50's or 60's influences, based on decor and the staff (or it might just be how the girl at the counter styles herself), and there's also a musical touch; sign in the window says they're hiring a musician. The Local Burger Co. struck me as a place for all ages also. I didn't mind my 45 minutes on the inside but if you're on the move they do provide take-away (phone number is 9722 9760).
Starting small and boring (as Marco Pierre White would say about chicken pie) I ordered myself an 'Old School Cheese', their take on a generic cheeseburger from McDonald's, I will say. The bun was soft and the beef cooked medium rare (that's the house style but they can make exceptions).
Everything else included mustard, pickled zucchini slices (I think), Swiss cheese (I'm also thinking) and what I suspected to be home-made ketchup. I got myself a small chips and Coke to complete my Sunday lunch and all in all, it was money well spent.
Each bite was appreciated, the zucchini giving it some nice freshness which went well with the meat. It had to have been rested before service because nothing was dripping onto my plate, so cudos. However, I did find myself wanting a little extra ketchup because it looked a little forgotten on the bottom.
Having been my first try with this eatery I'm curious about what else graces the menu, as well as the specials; I read something about milkshakes with maple syrup. After the feed was had I found the price to be acceptable also. The staff were very welcoming and informative so that's another positive worthy of mention.
If a quick feed is desired and you're in the area, I happily recommend The Local Burger Co. Did I mention the cudos?