Wrap your laughing gear around smashing American-style eats at Carindale’s Sue’s Burgers & Shakes
Chocolate and peanut butter, pizza and beer, spaghetti and meatballs – we love a good combo. Few items go perfectly together like cheeseburgers and thickshakes, a classic culinary coupling that traces its origins back to the very beginning of diner culture. Sue’s Burgers & Shakes is a new concept from the Wing Fix crew that celebrates this timeless tandem, slinging smash-patty burgers with precision while also drumming up dreamily decadent shakes from its newly open location at Westfield Carindale. If you love getting to grips with a quintessential American-style burger feed, this is the place to do it.
Despite boasting a reputation for slinging some of Brisbane’s best chicken wings, Wing Fix has emerged as a dark-horse candidate for Brisbane’s best burger joint. Wing Fix owners Peter and Ross Jacobi have grown their chicken-centric concept by leaps and bounds over the past few years, growing from its small Morningside haunt to now boast two sizeable locales in Coorparoo and Newmarket. With more room came more opportunities to expand the menu, which saw brothers dip into their love of burgers – hearty stacks that boasted Nashville-style chook and even traditional beef-based two-handers. Peter and Ross have always harboured an itch to dig deeper into their burger obsession, but it wasn’t until the two were contacted by Westfield Carindale with an available tenancy that they saw an opportunity to act. Initially approached to open a new Wing Fix site at the shopping centre’s Glasshouse dining precent, the duo countered with a pitch for Sue’s Burgers & Shakes, a American-inspired concept that would give the crew the chance to put their bang-on burgs in the spotlight. The eatery opened last week, showing off a neon-lit aesthetic that draws from the nostalgia-inducing candy-bar-meets-drive-in-diners of 1950s USA. Red-and-white-striped booths line the walls, while an intricate mural from Drapl depicts the subway-tiled interior of a retro eatery.
The menu at Sue’s Burgers & Shakes is headlined by its two namesake items. It all starts with the burger range, which features beef, chicken, bunless and plant-based options. When it comes to beef, Sue’s slings lacy-edged smash patties made from a meaty mix of rib, sirloin, chuck and brisket – a flavourful ratio honed over a few months of research and development. Guests can chomp on Sue’s Classic (a cheeseburger with onion, pickles and sauce on a toasty milk bun), the Signature Sue (which adds lettuce, tomato and onion), Sue’s Double Trouble (a hefty handful boasting two patties and extra cheese), the Glazy Susan (a whopping wonder featuring crispy bacon and a Biscoff-glazed bun topped with crispy bacon bits) and the heat-stopping mac ’n’ cheese-filled Mac to the Future. Those that go cluckin’ crazy for chook can hoe into two kinds – Sue’s Southern Fried (crispy chicken breast, cheese, lettuce, cheese, tomato and pickles) and the Nashville-style variety – a spicy holdover from Wing Fix’s menu that packs a bit of a kick. Vegan eaters are catered for with Sue’s plant-based burger, which features a smashed Beyond Beef patty as well as vegan cheese and aioli. Sue’s selection of sides will fill in any gaps, including onion rings, mozzarella sticks, Southern-style popcorn chicken bites, loaded maple fries, cheese-and-bacon fries, and Sue’s Freaky Fries (topped with chicken). Sue’s Thicccshakes earn the extra Cs with its decadent array of flavours – the Biscoff, Reese’s Pieces, Nutella, Malteaser and salted Caramilk shakes all come topped with whipped cream! If that’s not enough, there’s also a Biscoff and Caramilk sundae to devour, and Peter and Ross will soon add Coke floats to the menu for an extra nostalgia hit.
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