Rude Boy Burgers
Karen Ascui-Rodriguez and her husband Franco Caruso – who own the popular Lolo and Wren cafe just next door – are behind Rude Boy Burgers. They have made produce their point of difference, so even though you’re eating a burger, you’re getting Clover Valley and Milawa free-range chicken.
The entry-level burger is the $12 Rude Boy, with a Wagyu patty, pickles and tomatoes on a sesame-seed bun. The Big Popper adds fried jalapeño poppers and cheese. Cubano Fries are served with pulled Golden Planes pork shoulder and chorizo, while the mildly un-PC “ghetto fries” are served with avocado and house-made relish.
Equal care has gone into Rude Boy’s fit-out, favouring recycled materials (such as a feature wall made of reclaimed doors), low-impact lighting and the compulsory neon sign. As far as tunes go, there’s occasionally a little rude boy ska from where the diner takes its name, but usually it’s a more modern classic.