Just after Mary’s and Chur Burger launched the burger revolution in Sydney, there was another smaller revolution going on in Noosa with Betty’s Burgers. Now Betty’s has spread across the country and its Sydney store is as busy as any.
Its fame comes from its simple interpretation of the American cheeseburger. The Betty’s Classic is simply just beef, lettuce, tomato, American cheese and McDonald’s-style special sauce sandwiched between a soft milk bun. Others, like the fried chicken, crispy fried mushrooms with gouda and gruyere, or the pork belly with Sriracha mayo, are variations on classics but still maintain Betty’s minimal and nostalgic take on American fast food.
The frozen custards take more creative licence. A vanilla flavour is mixed with honeycomb and orange biscuit before being doused in sweetened cream and fairy floss; and a chocolate custard is stirred with almond toffee, marshmallow and salted caramel.
Like the Noosa original, the Sydney store is all pastel colours, fast food packaging and beach-side vibes but in Sydney there’s no beach to look at while you down a beer and a burger, just the promenade of the International Convention Centre Sydney complete with its bird noises played from speakers, hordes of tourists and immaculate lawns.