8bit.

8bit - Footscray.

8bit – Footscray.

8bit is a burger joint inspired by 8bit games. At the counter they had a Mario stuffed toy, an old Nintendo control, a space invader tips jar and a one up mushroom figurine. A whole lot of nostalgia was going on. Then they had an American inspired menu with a range of burgers, franks, fries, soft serves and milkshakes. The reminiscence mixed with awesome food really makes this place a winner.

8bit - Venue.

8bit – Venue.

The staff wore overalls, with the straps crossed at the back (Mario styles) and the girl at the counter was wearing awesome 8-bit pixel framed glasses. They all fit in with the theme. They had an open kitchen which was tiled with lots of squares just like 8bit games and had little tetris squares of colour which sort of looked like little hearts.

8bit - Princess Peach.

8bit – Princess Peach.

The burgers are named after games like double dragon, golden axe & altered beast. The mushroom burger is called the 1 up mushroom burger (very cute). The table numbers were characters from games, made out of those plastic beads that you iron to stick together. We got princess peach but they had all different ones. I saw astroboy, sonic and even yoda floating around.

8bit - 8bit burger w cheese.

<yum> 8bit – 8bit burger w cheese </yum>

I ordered the 8 bit with cheese, which was a juicy beef patty with tomato, lettuce, red onion, pickles, mustard, 8BIT sauce (which was like a tasty tangy tomato sauce) with melted cheese encased in a soft toasted buttery brioche bun. It was a good-sized burger and each bite was so tasty. It was full of flavour. It was delicious!

8bit - Golden Axe burger.

<yum> 8bit – Golden Axe burger </yum>

We also got the Golden axe, which had crispy fried chicken, cheese, sriracha mayo & slaw. That was yummy too. It had a big fillet of crispy chicken and went well with the brioche bun. They also had a range of hot dog options. I want to try the fatal fury, which is like a chilli cheese dog.

8bit - 8bit burger and beer battered fries.

<yum> 8bit – 8bit burger and beer battered fries </yum>

As a side they had beer battered fries, onion rings and ye good ol’ potato gems aka tater tots. I do miss those little clouds of potato goodness.

8bit - Cheese and bacon fries.

<yum> 8bit – Cheese and bacon fries. YUM! </yum>

We ordered the cheese and bacon fries. Wow! These were so delicious I couldn’t believe how good they were. I’d suggest you order these fries with your burger. You won’t be disappointed. They were thick cut beer battered fries with cheese sauce, big chunky bits of bacon and fresh spring onions. They were delicious!! They also had chilli cheese fries and loaded fries, which I’m confident would be yummy too.

8bit - Strawberry cheesecake soft serve.

<yum> 8bit – Strawberry cheesecake soft serve </yum>

The soft serve of the day was strawberry cheesecake. It was soft, smooth and creamy and tasted just like a strawberry cheesecake. The flavour was spot on and the texture was just perfect. We loved the strawberry cheesecake soft serve so much that we ordered the strawberry cheesecake milkshake as well.

8bit - Strawberry cheesecake milkshake.

<yum> 8bit – Strawberry cheesecake milkshake </yum>

The strawberry cheesecake milkshake was delicious! The milk shake was thick, more like a thick-shake, which is what I prefer. And they even put biscuit crumbs in the milkshake and on top. It was so yum I wanted to try all the flavours. They had salted caramel, peanut butter and a chocolate bar shake.

This place brought back memories. It made me remember the days when I was inseparable from my SNES (16-bit same same). And also reminded me how much I love the simplicity of a classic burger, fries and milkshake (3-hit combo).

The staff were really friendly and informed us before we ordered that it might take 45mins for our meals to be ready because it was really busy, which is nice. It was worth the wait. the food is delicious and the diner style restaurant creates a cool and casual environment to catch up with friends and grab a byte to eat.

I heart 8bit!

Olives x

8bit
Address: 8 Droop Street, Footscray, VIC 3011
Website: http://www.eat8bit.com.au
Phone: 03 9687 8838
Trading Hours: Mon – Sun: 11am – 11pm

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Huxtaburger

Huxtaburger

Huxtaburger – Melbourne – City store

Huxtaburger is a burger joint with a strong focus on good quality burgers. Hot beef and cold beer. The Smith Street store in Fitzroy is well known for their amazing burgers but they recently opened a city store in Melbourne and people are going crazy. I wondered what all the fuss was about. I mean how good could these burgers really be?

Huxtaburger and crinkle cut chips

Huxtaburger and crinkle cut chips.

It could and was the best burger I have ever eaten. Prior to my first huxtaburger, burgers were just burgers, average and unmemorable.  But as I ate this burger, it made a significant change on the way I viewed and dismissed burgers in the past. I found myself critiquing the burger true masterchef style commenting on its texture, acidity and balance of flavours.

All of the ingredients are fresh and of high quality and when put together make a perfectly balanced burger that is insanely delicious.  The huxtaburger pattie is made from good quality beef (Moondarra grass-fed wagyu). Then there is tomato sauce (burgers 101), creamy mayonnaise, mustard, cheddar cheese, fresh lettuce, fresh tomato and crunchy pickled cucumbers sandwiched amid a buttery brioche bun. Perfection! It takes a genius to create a seemingly simple burger with such a great depth of flavour. Amazing!

Huxtaburger Mmm

Mmm Huxtaburger.

It’s a little hard to find this place, but you can come through the food court entrance off Collins street or through Fulham Place off Flinders Lane. After business hours you will need to enter through the alley, you’ll see the neon sign alternating red (hot beef) and blue (cold beer). The city store is like a little american dinner with stools around the outside of the room with partitions to section off your eating space.

Huxtaburger diner

Huxtaburger Melbourne – Dining area.

The first time I tried a huxtaburger we got the burgers takeaway and ate them on the run on our way to the Regent theatre. After I ate my first huxtaburger it left me with a delicious buttery burgery aftertaste and I wanted nothing more than another one right that moment. Unfortunately at that point it was too far to go back and order a few more (or a few hundred more) before the show. I had to work with what I had, so I tried to eat my boyfriends huxtaburger. He was almost finished (so I only got one bite) then I moved on to eat my mums huxtaburger, I think with all the ‘just one more bites’ I ended up eating half of her burger (she’s so nice). Sometimes I can be a big greedy piglet and this was one of those times but I blame the burger for being so delicious! Forget the theatre, this burger deserved a standing ovation.

I went back the next day to make sure the burger I tried the night before wasn’t just one of those dreams that felt like it was real. I got a freshie and ate it at the diner, this time not in a rush and as remembered it was divine. It tasted almost identical to the last one I had eaten.

Gormet traveller shares the recipe for the Classic Huxtaburger for those keen to attempt the huxtaburger at home. Do try this a t home. Tip: Make these homemade huxtas for your friends (preferably friends that have never tried huxtaburger) then bathe in their praise as they wolf down their burger and lather you in adoring comments about your exceptional cooking skills.

HuxtaMax

Max loves Huxtaburger beef patties.

My frenchie Max and I love the classic Huxtaburger but they also have a vegetarian option, tofu burger with sesame soy mayo…sounds yum and a jalapeno and sriracha mayo if you like it hot. Definitely handy to have one in the city now so I can pop down there on my lunch break.

I heart Huxtaburger!

Olives x

Huxtaburger
Address: Fulham Place off Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Website: http://www.huxtaburger.com.au
Phone: 03 9417 MEAT (03 9417 6328)
Trading Hours:  Monday – Saturday 11.30am-10pm. Not open Sunday

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