In deepest, darkest suburban Ferntree Gully, there is a kitschy American diner that makes the best burgers I've ever tried in Melbourne. I'd never heard of it until my American friend Alaina suggested we visit - prior to that I'd only heard of Misty's Diner and Soda Rock - but since then I've heard it's a popular pig-out spot for people who've been hiking in the nearby mountain ranges!
Captain America's Hamburger Heaven
38 Forest Rd
Ferntree Gully VIC 3156
Ph: (03) 9758 0711
No such virtuous exercise before our visit; no, we just went straight for the pig out! Captain America's is a big, bright splash of colour on a quiet suburban strip. It's all decked out in red, white and blue with loads of Americana splashed all over the walls. Although, I must say we were disconcerted by the number of confederate flags we saw! (We counted three).
We shared two starters between four of us: onion rings and Buffalo wings.
|Onion Rings - Crumbed and deep-fried, golden brown. Served with your choice of chilli, smokey or rib sauce - $7.50|
|Buffalo Wings Entree - Original recipe from Buffalo, New York, Chicken wings cooked in spicy BBQ sauce & served with a salad and blue cheese dressing - $10.50|
|American Ice-Cream Soda|
Two of our group were very ambitious, and each ordered the Wild Thing burger: an epic double-beef patty burger with onion, bacon, mushrooms and cheese. Woah!
|The Wild Thing Burger - Double beef burgers layered with grilled onion, mushroom, crispy bacon and cheddar cheese, dressed in our own chilli sauce and U.S mustard. Served with chips - $17.90|
|Cheeseburger - Topped with crispy bacon and melted cheese, served with tomato, lettuce and chips - $13.90|
|Hot Dog - 1/3 of a metre frankfurt served in a roll topped with onions, bacon, mushrooms and grilled cheese, served with chips. Chilli optional - $15.50|
And speaking of gigantic portions, we had dessert as well!
First up, something I'd always wanted to try, a key lime pie.
|Key Lime Pie - $9.00|
Sandra ordered the Apple Pie, which was a satisfactory version by all accounts.
|Granny's Apple High Pie - Good old fashioned deep dish apple pie, made with fresh short crust pastry filled with apples and cinnamon, topped with ice-cream and fresh whipped cream - $9.50|
Service was friendly, but really ditzy - drinks orders went missing, that sort of thing. All the waitstaff seemed to be very young high school students, so didn't have loads of experience, but it didn't impair our enjoyment of the evening. We totally loved the burgers as well. I know where I'll be going next time I need a burger fix!