Ribs & Burgers keeping everyone happy

Ribs & Burgers
1/862 Glenferrie Road

Hawthorn, VIC 3122
(03) 9818 8142

On first glance, Ribs & Burgers might seem like another fast food chain, but on closer inspection this place is much more. Bang on trend for the current American (food) invasion hitting Melbourne, Ribs & Burgers is serving up both in speedy, quality-driven fashion.

Originating in Sydney, Ribs and Burgers currently has 10 stores Australia-wide and operates like a well-oiled machine. But unlike your typical fast-food burger joint, the guys behind it have gone out of their way to create a sophisticated space with the laid-back atmosphere of a classic American diner. The Hawthorn venue, which opened late last year, follows the Ribs & Burgers winning formula: staff dressed in butchers aprons, plenty of blond timber, and a menu that delivers exactly what the name suggests.

Let’s start with the burgers: made from free-range, hormone and antibiotic-free meat, choose from a range of beef or chicken options such as the El Mexicano, Hotchicka-dee, or cajun chicken. Served on hand-rolled buns made from organic flour, the extra effort from well-sourced ingredients is evident.

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Then there’s the ribs: your choice of beef, lamb or pork slow cooked for 8 hours, they come with a choice of chips or cabbage salad (red and white cabbage, chopped apple, roasted pine nuts, fresh mint and parsley in a vinaigrette dressing), otherwise upgrade to a butchers salad (baby cos, sliced carrots, cucumber, capsicum, Spanish onion, tomato and fresh herbs with vinaigrette dressing) for an extra $2. My choice? The cabbage salad hands down.

Can’t decide between a burger or the ribs? Why not try the ‘best of both’ option! A half rack of your choice with two mini burgers – one chicken and one beef – and a side of cabbage salad, it’s the perfect option for those of us bad at decision making.

MFF_Ribs&Burgers_01What burger joint would be complete without the sides? The chips are crisp and delicious and made even better by dipping in one of the four sauces available – chilli, chilli mayo, aïoli, or ranch (an extra $1.50). Otherwise try the onion rings, which are cut finely and deep fried until nothing even resembling a vegetable is left.

MFF_Ribs&Burgers_03MFF_Ribs&Burgers_04If you’re a fan of a fancy burger by the likes of places such as Grill’d, but your partner is craving the ribs from Meatmother, Ribs & Burgers delivers both in style. There’s also a decent grill section to keep things gluten free. Perfect for a well acquainted couple’s date night, or catching up casually with friends.

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