Much of Melbourne's food culture lives on our streets and walkways. From Victoria Market to Degraves Street, Melbourne's streets bustle with an energy that many restaurants would find hard to replicate.
Given the streets of Melbourne's potential to complement a nice meal, it's surprising that the craze of gourmet Food Trucks didn't take off here earlier. There is no need to visit far off Italy, when you can eat lunch surrounded by the bustle of Sydney Road. Food trucks give you this freedom. The freedom to experience two parts of Melbourne at once: the food and the streets you love.
Dubbed by The Age as the 'Best Food Truck of 2012', Mr Burger has impressed critics and eaters alike with their tasty fare. Now with up to six trucks setting up around Melbourne at any given time, Mr Burger has become one of the success stories of the Melbourne Food Truck craze. Despite this success, Mr Burger still feels like a down to earth business. The staff are cheerful, relaxed and cool, even willing to take some time out to have a chat.
Mr Burger's staff are also very effective at using social media to inform their fans on their whereabouts. Their Twitter and website are set up so you can see exactly when and where their trucks are serving hamburgers. And with over 2000 twitter followers, it seems as if Mr Burger's burgeoning fan-base appreciate the information.
After eating at Mr Burger, it's not hard to see why Mr Burger is so popular. While their trucks may only offer three menu choices (including one vegetarian option), the burgers that they serve are top notch. The patties have a great chew to them and are packed full of flavour. The buns are glossy, and the bacon (for the meat burgers) is wonderfully crispy, working well with the barbeque sauce.
In the end, I enjoyed the burgers enough to get a second helping - this time ordering one with extra bacon. While you could be critical of what a cardiologist would probably describe as ' a lunch inviting cardiovascular failure', a couple of laps around the lake later on that night were well worth the second serve.