This is how you do neigh­bour­hood fast food.

Time Out (Sydney) - - TIME OUT + AMERICAN EXPRESS - By Emily Lloyd-Tait

THERE IS A very big dif­fer­ence be­tween com­mer­cial fast food and a place like Burg­er­hood. This neigh­bour­hood burger shop on Dar­ling Street in Bal­main used to be one half of Wil­helmina’s small bar. But what was slightly awk­ward as a dual car­riage bar works re­ally well as a bar next door to a burger shop with an in­clu­sive at­ti­tude and free soft serve.

That’s right: free, pro­vided you eat in. Once you or­der your bun stuffers, fries (sweet potato or reg­u­lar shoe string) and pos­si­bly a ba­nana milk­shake, you can grab a cone from the counter in­side and self serve that soft serve. You can get a sec­ond cone – for you or a pal – for a gold coin do­na­tion that goes to a lo­cal pri­mary school. If booze, not sugar, is your vice you’ll be pleased to hear they have a li­cence, so a Coors or a Sierra Ne­vada pale ale is yours for the ask­ing.

After rig­or­ous test­ing we reckon the hood burger is the way to go. It trumps the cheese­burger with the ad­di­tion of let­tuce, tomato, onion and hood sauce, which is zippy with pick­les, like a snazzy tartare, but creamier, and also very good on chips. The Bloody Mary burger swaps pick­les for horse­rad­ish, but is messier in the eat­ing – the burg­ers here lean to­wards the saucier end of the spec­trum and the bread won’t al­ways make it to the fi­nal bite. Ve­g­ans and vege­tar­i­ans get a salty spiced patty that’s stained pink with beet­root. You can get glutenfree buns, and also egg-free op­tions, too. àShop 1/332, Dar­ling St, Bal­main 2041. 0475 333 032. www. burg­er­hood.com.au. Daily 11am-9pm.

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