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Published December 27th 2011
Everyone has their own dodgy looking little food joints with surprisingly amazing cuisine.
As a southern Sydney local, it wouldn't be right for me to comment on areas of the city I'm not familiar with. But, as a man with an iron stomach and a bottomless appetite, I find myself constantly poking my head into stores around my neighbourhood and giving everything a go.
Thus, I present to you the top three deceptively good food joints in the south:
1. Canton BBQ House in Caringbah – opposite the train station.
From street level, Canton BBQ House looks like it would be a sure fire way to sign yourself up for food poisoning. To the average foodie, ducks hanging upside down in the shop front would drive you away; to those in the know, it's an invitation to head in.
Photographer: FotoosVanRobin (Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
The second you take a step through the door, you're greeted with a lovely smile from the owner which somehow makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The food is placed in front of you behind some glass, and while it appears to have been sitting there all day, it's actually switched around every half an hour thanks to a constant stream of customers.
At $5.80 for a small plate, or $6.80 for a plate that could feed an orphanage, value isn't an issue. If you want to order something fresh, it still won't break a $10 bill.
Canton BBQ House has everything – it's quick, great service and conveniently located. Forget appearances, this one breaks all conventions.
2. K&M Food Bar in Gymea – next to the train station.
This place would look like an absolute dive if it were not for a seemingly perpetual customers in and out the door. The amount of customers in this place is reminiscent of a kebab joint in King's Cross on a Saturday night, but instead it's at all hours of the day.
The menu here is diverse: from bacon and egg rolls, to sweet corn and chicken soup, to their Shire-famous chicken strip burger. And if you thought you had any idea of the best hot chips on the planet, leave those perceptions at the door; K&M will change your life. This little joint even has its own chicken salt to season the chips.
Probably the best little takeaway shop doing burgers, chips, and a whole lot more, in the south.
3. Kings Corner Kebab in Blakehurst – corner of King George's Rd and Connells Point Rd.
The owner might look like the 'soup nazi' from Seinfeld – but if that isn't the sign of a good kebab joint, I don't know what is. Forgive the moustache; he's actually a lovely guy.
From the first time I walked into this seedy looking kebab joint on a corner, I was greeted with a smile from underneath that magnificent 'tache', and he yelled at me, "Come in brother! What can I get you?"
It's a great joint for a number of reasons: all the meat is halal so it tastes extra delicious, the amount of meat on a kebab weighs about a kilo, he warms the bread prior to putting the kebab together, it's cheap and you'll find yourself coming back time after time.
If kebabs aren't your thing, there's also a variety of pides, pizza, and a whole lot more on the menu.