Royal’s Chicken & Burgers
When it comes to burgers, Alasdair Craigie prefers to play a straight bat. The menu at Royal’s Chicken & Burgers features just three variations on the classic American-style hamburger: a cheeseburger, a cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato, plus an XXL burger for the famished and the post-gym set.
The hip-hop soundtrack and bold wall mural speaks to Royal’s urban bent, while the menu is peppered with Gen X pop culture references. The spicier of the two house-fermented chilli sauces is described as “Super Saiyan”, a nod to Dragonball Z. “The Re-up” gets guests their choice of any side and as much house-made lemon ice tea as they desire. The cheeseburger is known as – you guessed it – a Royal with cheese. It’s also a serious contender for the title of Albany Highway’s burger to beat. Comprising a chunky Angus beef patty, shaved pickles, diced onion and classic American cheddar in a toasted brioche bun, it’s a strong endorsement for not messing with a classic.
The chicken side of things is equally pleasing. Loaded with crisp and juicy pieces of chook, the po-boy rates as one of the city’s more notable interpolations of the classic New Orleans sandwich. Jointed, saucy buffalo wings are another study in getting the basics right, while well-browned Southern-style fried chicken is served with the appropriate white bread and pickle accompaniments.