South Central wins through

Another beautiful Melbourne weekend recently. The sun was shining and the birds were singing, at least they should have been singing!! It’d been too long between drinks – new burger drinks that is, so I was super keen to get out and try a burger. I checked the burger bucket list and headed to “Mocha Jo’s Burger Bar” in Glen Waverley, which I have been wanting to try out for ages.

This place is a burger bar out the back of the main café, where you can simply order, then grab a seat to enjoy your meal. The nice weather made it a perfect scenario for a street side burger feast, and the menu is stacked with American favourites, so there’s something for everyone. After finally deciding what I wanted, I went up to order, then saw some specials that weren’t on the menu!! My well thought out plan had been thrown into turmoil!! Despite wanting to order the “Kevin Bacon” burger, just for the name (and the bacon factor of course!!), I ended up going for the “South Central” burger, which came with wagyu patty, double bacon, double cheese, fried chicken, lettuce, tomato and MJ’s sauce!

This was a pretty big burger and looked good too. I waited for it to cool down, but turns out I should have waited longer because the fried chicken was hotter than a steel playground on a hot day! I started to get into it, and it was good. Especially the chicken, which was delightful!! The combo of beef and chicken is something everyone should try at least once – it is SO good!! Life changing actually!! The rest of the ingredients were good too. The meat was ok and the sauce was nice. Bun was good, and it stood up to the challenge thrown down by the big burger! The burger just seemed to lack that “x-factor”. Everything together worked well, but individually were not outstanding on their own. It was like a team that wins a few games, but doesn’t have any superstars. The burger didn’t have an “MVP”, if u know what I mean? For example, the sauce could have been a fraction “hotter” or the meat could have packed a slightly bigger punch. Luckily, the combination of everything worked well together to make it enjoyable.

Fat chips on the side were pretty good, and the strawberry shake was pretty good too. However, like the burger, it could have done with an extra injection of flavour, and in this case a bit more strawberry flavour and it would have made it much better!

Overall, a solid burger and sitting outside on a nice, sunny day made for a great experience. It’d be worthwhile trying it out for yourself.

What do you think of beef and chicken together in a burger?
Split Decision – 6.7/10

Location: Mocha Jo’s Burger Bar, Rear 87 Kingsway, Glen Waverley VIC 3150

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