Burger bar gets cheesy
Vegie offering a surprise
A BURGER bar is in flight and it has a vegie delight. Betty’s Burgers in Noosa has a strong following that results in lines of punters snaking up the street, happy to wait for a chance to take a seat at the hipsters’ heaven north of the Maroochy River. The lines become longer in peak school holiday periods, but we were lucky enough to chance upon a rare break in the queue and nabbed a seat at the front of the bar. A quick peruse of the menu and I could not go past the shroom burger – deep fried portobello mushrooms filled with gouda AND gruyere cheese was hard to pass up. My partner in crime went with a Betty’s classic and added bacon. My first bite into that deep-fried portobello, while watching passers-by on the footpath, is not something I will forget easily. The meat patty replacement was equal parts crunchy and oozing with cheese, and the mushroom formed a flavour backbone that held the richness of the gouda and the oil fry together. The bun was a fresh offering, as were the tomato and lettuce fillings. The Betty’s classic, however, did not match the high standard of the ’shroom offering. We found the meat patty a tad dry, but the salad inclusions were fresh. The onion rings tasted like they had a hint of cinnamon in the batter mix, which if that was what I was tasting was a stroke of genius that took them to next level tasty. The burgers were served in a little cardboard carrier, which would have come in handy had we wanted to make a dash from the burger joint across the road and eat with some sand between our toes and a sea view. There was a mix of holidaymakers, families and groups of friends at Betty’s that added to the air of casual cool about the place. Burger prices start at $10, and I advise splashing out for the onion rings. I will happily wait in line for another chance to bite into that ’shroom burger again.
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A BIT CHEESY: Betty's Burgers has a mushroom burger with two kinds of cheese.
The shroom and classic offerings at Betty’s Burgers. PHOTOS: LETEA CAVANDER