We love to document great Aussie street food but only when it's particularly special. Hence we were over the moon to find a brilliant, old school Aussie hamburger near home at Dean's Diner, next to the Sando in Newtown.
With gourmet burgers being all the rage these days a classic Aussie hamburger is hard to find. Fortunately Dean's Diner in Newtown is on the case.
Kudos to the owners who preserved this wonderful old takeaway shop. They've jazzed it up slightly with more pleasant lighting and some retro paraphernalia on the walls, but it still retains that old Greek coffee lounge\fish n chip shop feel. While we eat there's Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood tunes playing, even the music is in sync with the feel of the place.
And we're please to say they can whip up a mighty fine old school Aussie hamburger. The patty is good: flat and not spoiled by that salty meat extender stuff that can kill an otherwise good burger. The onions are sweetly bbq'd, the lettuce and tomato are fresh, and the hamburger bun is soft and fresh with the right amount of sesame seeds on top. And of course beetroot. It has to have beetroot. It is simple food but it takes a bit of love and care to make it just right, and the folks at Dean's have plenty of that. Shawn is very picky about his Aussie burgers and reckons this is near perfect.
For the classic plain burger experience go the "Original Sin" - $6 - and add betroot for an extra 50 cents.
Dean's Diner also does gourmet burgers (we must try the haloumi cheese number) and other stuff but it's the classic Aussie burger that floats our boat. They also sell Wagon Wheels for $2 - the perfect dessert!
If anybody has a favourite joint for an old school Aussie hamburger we'd love to know.
Dean's Diner is at 365 King Street, that's the south end, next to the Sando.
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