Belle’s DinerApril 25, 2013
Note: Belle’s Diner has since been rebranded Belle’s Hot Chicken. While I’ll miss their burgers, more fried chicken can only be a good thing in my opinion.
You may have noticed the new wave of American dining spots popping up around Melbourne – it’s the latest craze following the Mexican wave of 2011-12. One such place is Belle’s Diner on Gertrude street, serving up burgers and southern fried chicken to the discerning Fitzroy crowd. I headed over with S and A a little while ago to try out their burgers, having heard Alice rave about them for several weeks.
Naturally, both boys and I ordered a burger each, and they arrived promptly from the kitchen, an enormous plate of beef and bread and potato. Time to tuck in.
The Dinerr burger, a Twin Peaks reference, comes with a juicy wagyu patty, the usual greenery and a tangy sauce of chopped gherkins and mayo. Full-blown Americano, absolutely sensational. I also appreciated the use of a big bready bun rather than the usual brioche bread. Fries are done in a house-made version of Bay Seasoning, a salty mix of paprika and celery salt.
Also popular is the fried green tomato burger, though I can never seem to go past the allure of beef and cheese in a bun.
The lime pie was good, but the hands down winner was the peanut butter cheesecake, a sinfully good mix of peanuts, cream cheese and chocolate. Hot diggity darn it was delicious, we wiped the plate clean! A must try if you’re visiting Belle’s – highly recommended for those of you wishing to opt into the American craze.
I realise this is the second burger post I’ve done in a row, so here’s another food blog dedicated to the beefy glory that is the burger. The men at Burger Friday are pretty darn dedicated to their craft – worth a look if you’re interested in Melbourne’s best burger.
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