It seems as if wherever you look these days there is a "Best of" list that is written by anyone that has access to a computer. I will attempt to resist the urge to devise one simply because they are so subjective. Recently though I read one that attempted to list the best places to find a hamburger in Melbourne and thought it was a bit intriguing because one of the entries carried on about the veggie-burger. A veggie-burger is not a hamburger so I revert to my argument that these lists are subjective. One entry that I did notice, that seems to be consistent on most "best of" lists is Andrew's Hamburgers in Albert Park.
On occasion when I am having a slow day or when I finish my immediate duties, I will go for a walk/run (usually a walk being unfit and also because I can talk whilst walking) from Southbank to St Kilda Pier Kiosk via the footpath that follows the tram line to Beacon Cove. It is a 17km wander where the halfway point is the historic St Kilda Pier Kiosk where I can indulge in a coffee. I have found the kiosk to be a relaxing place where you can dawdle and enjoy the cityscape and of course return all of the "important/urgent/vital/critical" phone calls that you miss out along the way.
Instead of following the same route back to Southbank, I deviated through the terrace houses of Albert Park and down Montague Street where I found the much discussed, Andrew's Hamburgers.
When I presented myself, the shop was packed and it was 4:30PM. The staff are like machines producing mainly "Hamburgers with the lot" that includes the fresh produce that you would expect but also an egg and bacon. There is very minimal seating at a counter in the shop so I retreated outside to a bench on the street to eat my substantial offering. It was divine. Secretly I harboured ambitions to return and have another but guilt would have have then suggested that I add another 17km to my wander and also visit the gym. A sacrifice that would totally be worth it in retrospect though. By far, this was the best hamburger that I have had in ages.
Link to review
144 Bridport Street West Albert Park VIC 3206
My Rating: 12/20
Service: 1/5 (counter service)
Value For Money: 5/5
Comment: Bloody great hamburgers with the lot.
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When I revised this post on 15/09/12, 91% of reviewers on Urbanspoon like Andrew's Hamburgers and I agree with them.