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The Real Lot — $ 15.90 Real Burger Co owners Bridget and Sandy Contarino have e created a local gem with their passion for food. “A lot of people have heard that we source our ingredients from around town,” Mrs Contarino said. “We are picking local produce from local farmers rs and it’s going straight on your burger. We have a beautiful fat ratio in our patty, making it tender and tasty.” The real lot was oozing upon presentation, making me reach for the napkins from the get go in order to hack right into it. It was the fresh patty and yolk that dominated in my mouth, making me continue to hack into the centre as the remaining toppings joined forces to pack flavour in every bite. Wagyu beef burger — $ 15 Everyone in Townsville knows Otto’s means quality. The variety of fresh produce that comes from the beloved venue, owned by Dan and Sandra Peel is astounding. This American style burger was served in a basket with handmade fries with all the basic essentials making it a classic feast. Chef Sophie Anderson said the burger was made with Australian wagyu beef, with fresh- made rolls baked daily in their artisan bakehouse. “We only use the best local ingredients,” she said. The standout was the red cheddar that did wonders when combined with the American mustard and homemade wagyu patty. A pickle topped it off to keep it tangy yet simple and the garlic aioli brought on that extra kick of flavour that would never disappoint. Fred’s Lot — $ 11 This small store on Ingham Road was the underdog, but came out with a bang as owners Fred and Angelina Torrisi delivered the goods from the popular shop they have run since 1994. Mr Torrisi says if you can’t make a good burger after 23 years, there’s something wrong. From first sight it was evident that Fred’s lot was going to go down a treat. The special handmade burger came with plenty of fresh salad and the size, this was definitely the Godzilla of burgers. There was nothing forgotten between the fresh bread as I took a bite of all the inclusions with egg, beetroot, pineapple, barbecue sauce and bacon. A good sized patty that was thinner and spread out gave room for the salad ingredients to shine in this one.
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