The only problem with living north of the river is trips down to Fremantle aren’t as common as I’d like, and I have a ridiculously long list of venues I’m dying to eat at there. I kept trying to find time to go to Short Order, but interruptions, plans and all other kinds of roadblocks kept coming my way. But eventually I got there. And now I hate to say it since it’s not exactly close by, I have a benchmark now for what a great burger in our city should be like.
First things first – the staff here are awesome. Friendly, relaxed and you can tell they’re really passionate about what they’re doing. They have a nice limited menu which I prefer because that way you feel like they’re doing a few things right. And they also have donuts from the Banker which is great for a little sweet ending after you load your arteries up with the heart stopping stuff.
Selecting our burgers I know immediately I want to try their ‘Hella Good’ mac’n’cheese on a bacon cheeseburger (I want to say this was around $16.00 – I can’t remember, I was too excited by the sound of the food and the aromas wafting from the kitchen).
Jeremy selects the bacon barbecue double cheeseburger (I think this was maybe $19.00?) which I can imagine would be one of their more popular options. Piled high on pillowy soft toasted buns were two hand formed beef patties, crisp bacon, melted cheese and crunchy pickle. There’s so much to love about this, and I thought this was the best burger I’ve ever tasted. For real.
My ‘Hella Good’ burger was oozing out the macaroni which was stacked in between bacon and a beef patty. Carbs on carbs? So much goodness I can’t even begin. I thought it was playful, morish and an extra cheese injection never can go wrong.
For me, there’s three things about Short Order’s burgers that have left me feeling like a return trip stat:
- Squishy bun. I’m firmly in the camp that a burger’s bun shouldn’t be crusty or hard – it needs to squash down and absorb into the other ingredients without losing structural integrity.
- Handmade patties. Perfectly seasoned, rough around the edges – you can tell that they’ve made these themselves and they’ve made them with love.
- Medium-rare beef. The burgers were pink and juicy in the middle, so tender and full of flavour.
There’s not really much more I need to say about Short Order Burger Co. In fact it feels weird to write a blog post that gushes so much, but I have to say I was really impressed. This is the kind of burger I love, and it ticked all the boxes for me. I can see why so many people are in love with this pop-up, why it sells out each weekend and why everyone I know who has been is raving.
PS I went back the following Friday with my girlfriend Linda. Still amazing. Even busier. Ahhh I am so addicted to this place.