No doubt about it, there's something about Mary's. Due to popular demand, owners and all-round legends Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham opened up their second Mary's, slap bang in the middle of the CBD. And it's not just a your standard Mary's burgers either — the second joint has a thick shakes and breakfast burgers to help ward off those pesky hangovers, too.
Located on Castlereagh Street, Mary's CBD has two floors, with the upper level functioning as a production space, while downstairs is the kitchen and takeaway counter. Similar in style to the original, the space is dimly lit with graphic murals and graffiti. There's also a heavy metal soundtrack playing at this otherwise conservative street address.
The menu features the same burgers we know and love from Newtown. There's the mighty fine Mary's burger ($10), renowned for its mouth-wateringly tender med-rare beef patty slathered in liquefied cheese, as well as the cheeseburger ($10), which adds mustard and pickles, and the veg burger ($10) which has salad and one giant shroom.
Add to that the new chicken burger ($12) — one hunk of southern-style crispy fried chicken served with Mary's special sauce and salad. It's everything you've dreamed of and more. If you come between 10am and midday, you'll also have access to the highly coveted breakfast burger ($12) made with a sausage patty, bacon, hash brown, HP sauce, maple syrup, cheese and an egg (+ $1).
As for sides, there are the super crispy French fries ($3), or you can opt for a meal deal, which includes fries and soda ($15) or a thick shake ($17). The soda comes with unlimited refills, while the thick shake ($6) comes in strawberry, chocolate and vanilla, with the addition of a house-made seasonal flavour. Did someone say smoked maple?
With nowhere to sit and barely anywhere to stand, take your burgers to the nearby Hyde Park for the best impromptu picnic of your life.
Thanks for answering our prayers this Christmas, Mary.