Southside Central is a burger bar that is “up for anything”, says co-owner Skye Graham.
“If someone comes in and they want to chuck in 20 beef patties and 10 bits of chicken and add different sauces, we’ll do it.”
Across the road from Windsor station, the two-storey burger joint and cocktail bar is the second from the team behind the popular Southside Social in Frankston. Like the original, the focus is on extreme burgers in the mould of those found at Easey’s or Grand Trailer Park Taverna.
There’s Fatty 5-0, which features a double-beef patty, triple bacon, mac’n’cheese, barbeque sauce, pickles and sour cream mayo. The Antisocial comes with four beef patties, maple bacon, cheese, and barbeque sauce, served between two giant potato cakes. Whether or not it’s a burger is probably up for debate – Graham suggests the best strategy is to pick at it, rather than approaching it like a normal bun and patty.
There are two vegetarian options. The Gourd-gess George has a crispy pumpkin and sweet potato patty, and the Funguy uses a cheese-stuffed Portobello mushroom.
Sides of loaded fries, fried chicken and mac‘n’cheese round out the menu.
Like the burgers, the cocktail menu is, in Graham’s words, a “bit out there”. The Bubble Gum Sour features bubblegum syrup, lemon juice, bitters and vodka. The Passionfruit and White Chocolate Martini is made with vanilla vodka, passionfruit and white-chocolate liqueur. Boozy shakes come in a Redskin flavour (spiked with vodka), or chocolate fudge (spike with Baileys).
If you still have the stamina for more after the burgers and drinks, you can finish your meal with deep-fried waffle balls, topped with maple syrup and cinnamon.
The venue is much bigger than it looks from outside. Downstairs, there’s black vinyl seating and pink neon lights. Upstairs things are toned down a little, with slightly more muted colours and a rooftop deck. The walls are covered in graffiti on both floors, with ’90s hip-hop on the speakers and a mural of Snoop Dogg watching over diners. With the success of the original Frankston outpost, Graham is confident about opening a Windsor sibling, though he knows how competitive this part of Melbourne is.
“We’ve brought our head-chefs up here and we’re not changing much or trying to be something that we’re not,” he says.
34 Chapel Street, Windsor, 3181
Sun to Thur 11am - 11pm
Fri to Sat 11am - 1am