Everyone has that burger place that you find, that amazing burger shop that just know what they are doing, a place that you will go out your way just to get a burger because they are so good! Monroe’s Burgers & Beers is one such place and many have made the journey out to Healesville to get one of their tasty burgers for this reason. Not mention if you’ve checked out their Instagram @monroesburgers you know they match up to what you get when you walk in. So, when a place like Monroe’s opens up a new place in St Kilda, you would hope they stack up against the original.
So, we had to find out for ourselves, we decided to try them both within a couple of weeks of each other. We decide to heading over to Healesville first to check out the original before we checked out their new place in St Kilda.
To keep it fair we ordered the exact same thing at both places. What did we have you ask?
Fresh ground prime beef, mustard mayonnaise, double American cheddar, pickles, lettuce, red onion, and tomato relish.
The Deep South
Monroe’s Southern Fried Chicken breast, lettuce, red onion, Alabama white barbecue sauce, traditional southern style barbecue sauce, with chipotle spiced pickles, on a toasted milk bun
Fresh ground prime beef, Monroe’s Southern Fried Chicken breast, Double American cheddar cheese, Spicy pickles, Kentucky style barbecue sauce, Alabama white barbecue sauce, Double streaky bacon, on a milk bun
Thick cut beer battered chips, topped with hickory smoked pulled pork, chipotle mayonnaise, and Sweet Baby Ray’s brown sugar and hickory barbecue sauce
Beer battered and deep-fried crispy onion rings
Mac & Cheese Croquettes
Deep fried balls of cheesy goodness
Compared to the original Monroe’s in Healesville we found the burgers to be a little bit smaller in St Kilda, now this a tiny detail and we didn’t look too much into this as we think this was simply a visual thing and us over thinking it. Outside of that, the burgers were still on point, they had the same flavour, juiciness and appeal as the original. And just like Healesville they didn’t seem heavy or saturated with oil which make them all the better to eat. You aren’t going to miss anything in terms of the food here, Monroe’s have done well to recreate the feel of Healesville in St Kilda.
Nestled amongst the hustle of Acland Street, Monroe’s St Kilda, is the newest addition to the St Kilda food scene with several burger shops in the area, Monroe’s sets itself apart by offering burgers with their unique flavour, we would say its traditional with an American twist. Heading in for lunch, we found ourselves greeted with big smiles and an eager attitude. The only drawback would be that their signage needs to be a little bigger as we found ourselves looking around for them, but this is only a minor thing in our book.
The service at Monroe’s St Kilda was the only thing that nudged a head of Healesville everything was pretty much on par between the two but the service we got was just that little bit extra that tipped it over the edge!
Talking about hot sauce we ended up in a deep discussion about which hot sauce was really the hottest. Sampling a little of each to see which one we liked the best; they even brought a few special ones out from the back because we wanted to try the hot stuff! This was not for the mild ones out there, so if you want to try your hand at this be warned.
In the end Monroe’s is a going to be a cult burger favourite no matter which one you end up at, our suggestion is try them both – you’re not going to be disappointed either way!
Check out our thoughts about Monroe’s Healesville here.