93 Therry Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Food trucks. They’ve been converging on Melbourne’s suburbs like flies at a summer BBQ – and we’ve embraced them wholeheartedly for the most part. The only thing that bugs a lot of us is that these trucks rarely come into the CBD due to council permit restrictions – and that’s a shame because I’m sure a lot of city folk would trade their boring ham and cheese toasties for something more exciting.
The closest thing to having a food truck in the CBD, though, is the Mr Burger truck which frequently parks down a laneway off Therry Street next to the Queen Vic market.
I’ve ordered a burger here several times after my Saturday market run and I’ve never been disappointed. Sure, the trucks window is perhaps a bit too high for my 5’6 frame which means that I have to tilt my head at an uncomfortable angle to give my order but that’s only a small price to pay for friendly service and reliably good food every time I visit.
Mr Burger’s motto is simple: ‘We serve burgers, chips and drinks. That’s it.’ A truck of only a few words – I like it.
The chips here are pretty good. They’re always golden and crispy, and coated with a tasty Old Bay-like seasoning that’s slightly spicy. I swear, they’re more addictive than crack (not that I’ve ever been a crack addict before, ahem).
Although the Mr Veg option with falafel sounds tempting, I can never go past Mr Burger’s standard cheese burger which they dub the ‘Mr Burger.’ Wrapped in foil like they do in the States, my burger never fails to satisfy. Beef, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and American cheese are held together by the holy trinity of sauces: mustard, mayonnaise and tomato sauce.
You’re less likely to pay $13 for a burger and chips in the States but I think Mr Burger represents good value for money. Sure, you can get a burger and fries for half the price a few steps down at McDonalds but why would you? Finally, I was going to end this post by saying how I wish Mr Burger parked near my work every now and then but I think they’ve now set up shop on Little Bourke Street. Amen to that.