Cheekyburger is unassuming from the front, with little branding and the old Sloanes Cafe sign still up. Inside is a licensed courtyard with red leather booths, an all-American menu and a well-stocked bar.
“I’ve got a bit of a thing for American culture,” co-owner Sam Marsh admits. “I’m an NFL tragic.” Marsh, who’s also behind Crate Bar & Pizza a few meters down the road, developed a love for American food while travelling in the States. “I spent some time in New York last year for about three months, sort of researching. It gave me a good feel for what they do there.”
The burgers arrive on red trays, wrapped up fast-food style. Here, it’s not about a single standout ingredient – instead, every element of the burger works together. That includes, “The composition of the meat and the cheese, which we searched long and hard for,” says Marsh, though he won’t reveal where they found it. “And the bun should just be a vehicle for the pattie,” he adds.
The signature Cheeky Cheeseburger is a classic American beef burger – soft and simple with pickles and gooey cheese. Order a double if you’re hungry, but don’t fill up too much. There’s plenty to try on the snack menu, too, such as fries (regular or yam), deep-fried pickles, Buffalo wings or mac‘n’cheese. Other burger options include pulled pork, Philly cheesesteak, mushroom, naked or sloppy joe, any of which can be accompanied by a Millers, Dr Pepper or an Oreo shake.
If you’re more of a morning person, stop by from 11am on the weekend for a boozy brunch. In true American spirit, you’d best order a mimosa, too.
312 Oxford Street, Paddington
(02) 9331 7436
Tue to Sat 11am–late