By Vivienne Pearson
Pick the odd word out of the following list: Burger. Chips. Beer. Alcoholic milkshake. Locally made soda. Spider. Energy bowl. Vegan options. Game of pool.
The answer? None of the above. All of these, and more, are available in the one spot. Main Street Burger Bar, in Byron Bay has celebrated their second birthday and is established as a go-to spot for locals and visitors alike.
The pool table would have been the odd one out until recently. The team know that winter in Byron can be on the quiet side. ‘Each year we do something quirky for locals over winter,’ says owner Chris Wright.
This year it is a black-topped pool table, which can be enjoyed free (just bring some ID to swap for the balls and cues). A shared initiative between Main Street and Stone & Wood, the table can be converted into an eating area, complete with beer-keg seats, for when things get super busy on the burger front.
I enjoyed an afternoon of food, drink and pool. My kids have not seen a pool table for so long that when I mentioned we were going into Byron for a burger and some pool, they went off to pack their bathers! I greatly enjoyed reliving my Melbourne pool-shark days (I once held the table at The Prince of Wales Hotel for, oh, at least two games), complete with a couple of great shots and a whole heap of very average ones.
The food well made up for any disappointment I felt about losing both games. A brand-new menu offers nine burgers and we chose the Brisket Burger and an Energy Bowl with the option of local haloumi. Both were delicious and proved that Main Street is not just for carnivores.
Other burger options include the Classic Cheeseburger, Spicy Chicken, Truffled Chook, Jackfruit and ‘Old Mate Joe’. ‘The major classics stayed on the menu after the revamp as otherwise there’d be a riot out in the street,’ jokes Chris.
The food was fabulous and drinks were amazing. I’d heard about the locally made sodas by The Flavour Fountain but hadn’t tried them. The Seasonal Ginger Beer was complex and the Outback Passion, a mix of passionfruit, bush orange, lemon myrtle and lime, was zingy.
My kids happily munched on their cheese- and chicken-burgers and loved a spider and ice-cream in a glass. We sat in a booth-style seat in the back room – the venue is more spacious than it seems from the street.
Being a lunch outing, we didn’t add an alcoholic kick to our sodas (or try the alcoholic milk shakes). These are drinks that non-drinkers can enjoy without feeling like they are missing out on taste. Vegetarians, vegans, those who prefer their buns gluten free are also not going to miss out on options either.
Whether you are a pool shark or, like me, sometimes get stuck behind the 8-ball, head into Main Street over winter for a hit of pool and a really good feed.
Main Street Burger Bar: Jonson Street, ph: 6680 8832,
www.mainstreetburgerbar.com.au Open 7 days 11.30am–late.
Main Street Burger Bar
Every Tuesday: During winter 5–7pm
Mates Rates: All burgers are $10
Every Friday: All-day Froth Fest:Cold frothy Stone & Woods