Why has an American burger chain opened it doors in little ol’ Mt Barker, South Australia? I wouldn’t have the sliiiightest clue but that certainly didn’t stop me from making the trek out yonder for it’s first week and checking the place out. I wasn’t the only one too with a line of eager feeders almost out the door.
First things first, the interior is brand spanking new with a trendy twist on a fast food look. I’m talking black tiled walls, light wood furniture and even an exposed light bulb here and there for us hip café goers. There’s booths and tables to chose from and we even managed to snag a seat despite the crankin’ crowd, so we were off to a good start right there!
The menu is pretty extensive with a bunch of burgers to choose from including your classic beef patty and fried chicken options. There were also plenty of sides and drinks to hum and haw over. Side indecision, it can be a killer.
My fast food companion went with the Jalapeno Thickburger with a juicy 100% Angus beef patty, melted Swiss cheese, sliced jalapeno peppers, tomato, red onions, lettuce and santa fe sauce on a freshly baked bun. The patty was juicy, the salad was fresh and there was plenty of heat to satisfy the hot-heads amongst us.
I decided to go with the classic Hand-Breaded Chicken Fillet Sandwich with chicken, lettuce and mayo on a seeded bun. This was the most ‘fast food’ like meal in both look and taste. Picture a burger that’s been slapped together by a pimple-faced boy who is thinking more about what he is going to buy his girlfriend for there 1 month anniversary and less about whether the top and bottom halves of the bun line up. Don’t get me wrong, it tasted good, but nothing you couldn’t get at Maccy D’s.
Considering the long drive to get there we decided we had to make the most of the dining experience and grab a couple of sides as well. Orrrr blah, blah, blah *excuse to overeat* blah, blah, blah.
I love me some waffle fries, or in this case ‘Crisscut Fries’ and these were some goodies. Crunchy and tasty which is really all one can ask for in a potato side.
The side of Hand Breaded Chicken Tenders had to be the highlight of the fast food feast. Particularly tender chicken and a flavourful breading made these an extra special treat. Surprisingly low on the grease factor too, which made them seem much more like an item you would enjoy at a café or restaurant rather than a fast food chain.
All up it was a pretty positive first time at Carl’s Jr. I don’t think it would be enough to justify the drive but definitely worth a try if you find yourself cruising up the freeway.
Until next time… That’s what she said.