Reading food blogs pre-lunch gives cravings. Today it was big, juicy, saucy burger cravings — thanks to Serious Eats’ “A Hamburger Today” blog, which is sheer pleasure.
My lunch time hunt through the streets of Parramatta quickly lead me to Johnny’s Café, a greasy spoon sort of joint on Horwood Place.
The “Chicago Burger” at Johnny’s hits the spot. I was hesitant trying to fulfil my burger craving out of fear of the commonplace frozen burger patty topped with beetroot so prevalent in cafes. Instead I was presented with a juicy, FRESH MADE, pan fried patty of delicious ground beef cooked to burger perfection — slightly pink in the centre. Atop the usual salad trimmings – wonderful, fragrant grilled onions, cheese, ketchup and hot English mustard with that refreshing zip akin to wasabi or horseradish. If anything was a disappointment, it was the bun — this burger deserved better. But alas, accompanied with the crisp and fresh fries, I can go on record for saying this is one of the better burgers I’ve eaten down under.