Betty’s Burgers opens up in the CBD.
MELBOURNE needs another burger joint like Pete Evans needs a spray tan.
We already have flipping-good buns from Royal Stacks, 8 Bit, Burger Project and soon-to-land Shannon Bennett’s Benny Burger chain. So, in a saturated market, is there room for another?
Apparently, yes. Big in Queensland, Betty’s Burgers lobbed in the CBD in December to lines so long crowd control was called in. On a recent Friday lunchtime visit, the burger bouncers have gone but the queue remains.
Betty’s, named after owner David Hales’ grandmother, began in Noosa. Elizabeth St, where the cute, shingledshack look echoes the Hastings St original, marks Betty’s fourth venue, the first outside the Sunshine State.
Friendly staff were plentiful, despite customers doing a lot of self-servicing. With those dining in, taking away or collecting phone orders congregated in the same area, things can get cramped. They promise a bun in your hand in 6-8 minutes but not on this busy shift.
Choose from a classic beef burger, or chicken, pork, mushroom and one for kids. Carb-dodgers can get a Betty bare, wrapped in lettuce instead of bread.
The classic was simplicity plus – a charred, juicy, well-seasoned patty of grain-fed Angus, butter lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese and tangy special sauce, on a soft, sweet bun. The pork bun housed three slices of well-rendered belly but the fries were underwhelming, making onion rings the better option.
Apart from thickshakes and soft drinks, you can get beer, cider and vino by the glass. The chain also sells “concretes”, custard ice cream blended with your choice of sugar (think fairy floss, honeycomb or hot fudge sauce).
Are the burgers better at Betty’s? They’re good and the fit-out is fun. Betty is sure making her name in this burger-loving town.