Beats Burgers, 255 Keilor Road, Essendon. Phone: 7018 3501
Blinking, hesitant, we are back in the world.
But not with any great confidence or elan.
We reckon we’ll be cautious for quite a while, preferring places we can get in and and out with a minimum of fuss and in which the distance thing is a given.
And that’s cool as it’s pretty much our regular routine anyway.
Beats Burgers has been on our radar for a while, but we’ve ended up here today somewhat haphazardly.
Having hit Bennie’s favourite comic shop in Moonee Ponds and picking up some groceries for the week ahead, we just kept on tootling up Mount Alexander Road and turned left.
Beats Burgers is a spacious place and, happily, there is just one other table occupied.
The walls are festooned with street-style art, with beats on the sound system close enough to the Roy Ayers we’ve been playing in the car to make a nice fit.
We eat good.
The chips are excellent – hot, crisp, yummy.
But I wish we’d been asked about yay or nay to chicken salt.
The Beats Deluxe burger is fine – just a good, straighahead beed burger with tomato relish, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato and pickles.
The Chicken Houston is a definite step up in class.
It’s even simpler – just fried chicken, chopotle mayo, coleslaw and pickles.
But the chook chunk is wonderfully crunchy and teams up real well with the slaw.
Value for money?
We’re a bit half full/half empty on that score.
Our lunches have been combo deals – the burgers, chips and cans of soft drink for $20 each.
In some ways that seems a little steep, especially in regards to the beef burger.
But OTOH, it’s generally in the going rate vicinity for such burger meal deals.
We’ll happily step inside Beat Burgers when we’re in this neighbourhood again.