As it’s always in a state of constant prowl, food-wise, CTS doesn’t drop into Smokehouse 101 (101 Rosamond Road, Maidstone) as often as we’d like.
Because we like it lots that the place keeps on going about its happy neighbourhood joint business away from the often fickle, hipsterish glare that attends other establishments that specialise in barbecue across Melbourne.
But we are in the house this Thursday to check out one Smokehouse 101’s regular specials – the Thursday night $5 burgers.
Bennie had taken them for a run the previous week with a pal and has been most adamant that CTS pays an official visit.
Oh, well … OK, if you insist.
So what’s the deal?
And is it any good?
The answer: Yes.
The Thursday burgers are available in beef, southern fried chicken, pulled pork and brisket.
Extra patties are available for the first two named for $3 a pop.
But we go a different route, ordering one each of the burgers on offer.
All are dressed the same – with coleslaw and good, sliced, crunchy pickled cucumbers.
I make that point because in the same week CTS bought a jar of pickled cucumbers – as recommended by the salesperson at the deli in which I was shopping – and they turned out to be soggy and tasteless.
Straight into the rubbish bin they went.
The little things count!
Likewise, two thumbs heartily hoisted for the most excellent house-made and toasted buns served by Smokehouse 101.
The meat in our four burgers?
Just fine in all cases.
Though Bennie and I agree that the straight-up beef burger is the best of the bunch.
It is, of course, possible to buy burgers elsewhere for $5 or less if you want to go mega-franchise.
But those aren’t burgers like these are real burgers.
Though here it will pay to keep things in perspective and real – these ARE $5 burgers, so you won’t be getting a two-fisted hunka chunka meal, or not by ordering a single burger anyway.
Early on our Thursday, there are only a couple of other tables taking advantage of the $5 burger deal.
But we’re told it can get busy later on in the night, with queues out the door not uncommon.