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?
All American 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 Our Favourite
Dirty South 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
Notorious P.I.G. Thick cut beer battered chips, topped with hickory smoked pulled pork, chipotle mayonnaise, and Sweet Baby Ray’s brown sugar and hickory barbecue sauce
Onion Rings 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.