Who would have thought that the simple combination of a brioche bun, beef patty, salad, mustard and mayo would spawn such a cult following?

For more than a year, Melburnians have been flocking to Smith Street’s Huxtaburger to satisfy cravings for that classic ‘hot beef, cold beer’ combination. As of this week, it’s now available in the city too. Huxtaburger II is open for business on Fulham Place, a laneway off Flinders Lane, sandwiched between Elizabeth and Queen Street.

Owners Dante Ruaine and Jeff Wong and chef Daniel Wilson don’t plan to deviate from the Collingwood store’s selection of six different burgers, which includes a vegetarian option, crinkle-cut chips or chipotle fries, plus a variety of beer and wine.

“We’re pretty grumpy old men but we’ve softened a bit in the last year,” says Ruaine of the team’s decision to sell a tofu burger and offer a gluten-free bun alternative for those with extra dietary requirements.

The restaurant itself is reminiscent of a classic American diner and features a 60s-style retro-futurist pressed-chrome counter, checkerboard floor and bright red stools. It seats around 16 inside and 15 or so in the laneway outside. Prepared for the lunch rush hour, Huxtaburger II is armed with double the equipment to ensure burgers can be served quickly to people on limited breaks.

“We know there’s going to be a bit of a power lunch trade and we have a few ideas to quicken the pace of things without compromising on what we offer,” says Ruaine.

Open until 10pm Monday to Saturday, Huxtaburger II is the perfect pit stop between after-work drinks and a late-night gig. Just be prepared to get in early or queue with the post-work corporate crowd.

Huxtaburger II
Fulham Place, Shop 11, 357 Collins Street (or enter via Flinders Lane, between Elizabeth and Queen streets)
(03) 9417 6328

Mon to Sat 10am–10pm