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Published December 19th 2016
Still the Queen of the burgers
On a side street of Newtown, just off King Street, is a Sydney institution just waiting to be found. Identifiable only by the red light bulb hanging over the door, this blink and you'll miss it entrance is the doorway to dingy dive dining at its absolute best. As I step through the doorway, my friends ask me "are you sure this is it?" and I smile knowing the seemingly derelict hallways lead to Newtown's burger haven – Mary's.
A former sexual health clinic turned leader of Sydney's burger revolution, Mary's is the exact opposite to my image of Sydney as a pretty, clean and picturesque city. Instead, Mary's is so dark that my eyes take a while to adjust, pumps rock and metal music and is covered wall to wall with graffiti and tags. Capping it off is a hand-scribbled sign over the toilet that says "Shit here". Yes, this is unlike the postcard-perfect Sydney that attracts millions of tourists every year, but it somehow feels more real, more alive and more thrilling.
The atmosphere in Mary's is a drawcard and keeps those who know coming back for more, but the real attraction here is the simple, yet renowned burger menu. Cheap, cheerful and no frills the Mary's burger or the good old cheeseburger will satiate even the greatest burger aficionado and washed down with a local beer from the taps makes this the ultimate American-style diner. For the non-beer drinkers, there is also a decent cocktail menu that tastes as just as good as the burgers. Unassuming and full of heart, Mary's Newtown is definitely the place to go for a burger and a great time.
They're so cool and underground that they don't even have a website! Check out their Facebook page: [LINK=https://www.facebook.com/MarysNewtown/]