Let's be real: American food is delicious. We have all the time in the world to chow down on burgers and New York style pizza, but the expensive flights and time off work? Not so simple.
If you're hanging out for some good old fashioned American grub this 4th of July, these are the spots you need to hit up across Australia.
Name: The B. East
Location: 80 Lygon Street, Brunswick East VIC 3057
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 1:00am
The B. East is known for it's luscious burgers including the “Clint Eastwood,” a southern fried chicken classic, and the “Holy Cheezus!” a beef burger with mac 'n cheese croquettes. They also have their B. East challenge which involves eating a triple beef, triple bacon burger with chilli cheese sauce, pickled red onion, lettuce, tomato and ketchup. If you eat it faster than the record times then you make your way on to the wall of fame, and there’s a $200 prize for beating the top time. And really, what could be more American than an insane eating challenge?
Name: Miss Katie’s crab shack
Location: 202 Johnston Street, Fitzroy, VIC 3065
Opening Hours: 6:00pm – late
The crab shack serves up crab, obviously, but they also have delish treats like seasonal jambalaya, gumbo, and Katie’s fried chicken. You can add a waffle with Canadian maple syrup or some bomb fries to the chicken if you want (and we highly recommend you do!)
Name: Le Bon Ton
Location: 51 Gipps Street, Collingwood VIC 3066
Opening Hours: 5:30 - 10:00PM
This place is throwing major New Orleans vibes with pit-smoked meats, chilli-cheese fries, crab cakes, shrimp and grits, and mac 'n cheese. They're fond of Absinthe and Whiskey, and even house the infamous Hurricane cocktail from Nola.
Name: Bowery to Williamsburg
Location: 16 Oliver Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Opening Hours: 7:30am - 3:00PM
This NYC style shop has everything from pretzels and bagels to a million kinds of pie (including pecan and pumpkin!). Their traditional bagels are a standout, as is the delicious coffee.
Name: The Soda Factory
Location: 16 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Opening hours: 5:00pm - late
The Soda Factory is known for their kickass hot buffalo wings with blue cheese dipping sauce (a classic), their insane mac 'n cheese spring rolls and the delicious chicken & waffles maple syrup. Today they will be rolling with their traditional Monday movie night (Sister Act II this week) and will also be throwing a delayed Independence day party on Thursday. Hit em up for some serious soul food!
Name: Papi Chulo
Location: 22-23 Manly Wharf, Manly NSW 2095
Opening hours: 5:30 – 10:00PM
Papi Chulo’s BBQ platter is straight up fire from the Deep South. With ribs, wagyu brisket, babi guling and more, it’s guaranteed to make your mouth water.
Location: 1 Young Street, Neutral Bay NSW 2089
Opening hours: 5:00pm – 12:00am
As the name suggests, this southern-california themed bar has the spicy mix of “Mexicali” dishes like Baja fish tacos and Pork Al Pastor quesadilla’s, mixed with some classics like spicy wings and jalapeño & chorizo croquettes.
Location: 6 Hunt Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Opening hours: 11:30am – 10:00PM
Butter is the home of the best fried chicken in Sydney. It’s simply delicious and we'll say no more on the matter.
Name: The Old Crow
Location: 172 Newcastle Street, Perth WA 6000
Opening Hours: 6:00PM - 10:00PM
The Old Crow has you covered with American classics from buttermilk hotcakes, to fried chicken. Shoutout to their dirty potatoes side dish (which includes mouth-watering jalapenos, ranch and parmesan).
Name: Alfred's Pizzeria
Location: 37 Barrack Street, Perth WA 6000
Opening Hours: 3:00PM - 12:00AM
Alfred's specialize in classic cocktails like Negronis and Manhattans, and the drinks list is filled with cognac and gin. The pizzas are cheesy deliciousness, with giant slices selling for a small $5.
Location: 200 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
Opening Hours: 12:00PM - 12:00AM
This NYC style steakhouse has all your needs covered. The menu includes mega dishes like glazed beef short rip and the dry aged demoncio.
Name: The Smoke BBQ
Location: Shop 9, 85 Merthyr Road, New Farm, QLD 4005
Opening Hours: 6:00PM - 9:00PM
The Smoke BBQ's got ribs rubbed with secret spices, famous sauces and slaw, and an insane chicken wing that will blow your mind (it's the sticky sesame chilli sauce that'll get ya!).
Name: Red Hook
Location: 88 Creek Street Brisbane CBD, QLD 4000
Opening Hours: 7:00AM - 12:00AM
They've got spicy tacos, glazed wings with celery and blue cheese sauce and delish burgers. But the greatest item on their menu is the 'Ribbie Smalls' a burger made with BBQ beef ribs, slaw and a brioche bun. Seriously sinful.
Name: Buffalo Bar
Location: 169 Mary St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
Opening Hours: 11:30am - 12:00am
Buffalo Bar has a seriously envious dranks list, with three spaces including Hank's whiskey lounge. The menu includes EIGHT different varieties of wings, as well as brisket, ribs, mega burgers and hot dogs. It's an all-american binge festival!
Name: New York Dreams
Location: 44A Semaphore Rd, Semaphore SA 5019
Opening Hours: 11:30AM - 8:30PM
This NYC style joint is known for the "Harlem Chilli Dog" and their delicious nachos. A++ for the wide variety of dogs and dipping sauces - that's the kind of variety we like to see!
Name: Jack Ruby
Location: 89 King William St, Adelaide SA 5000
Opening Hours: 11:30AM – 3:00AM
If you’re in the mood for a f***load of grease – and, let’s be honest, you probably will be - head down to Jack Ruby for a deep-fried fiesta. They’ve got chilli fries, mac’n’cheese balls with truffle aioli, philly cheese steak subs, popcorn crocodile (da fuq?), chipotle & maple ribs, and INSANE burgers. I can literally hear my stomach growling for some all-American grub #frothing
Location: 168 The Parade, Norwood SA 5067
Opening Hours: 11:00AM - 9:00PM
Nordburger promises killer stacked burgers, fried chicken and waffles, chilli-cheese fries and shakes that will make your heart melt. Special mention goes to the "Hotburger", with beef, jalapeno, red onion, coleslaw and chipotle mayo, it'll knock your socks off!
This article previously appeared on Famous LIVE.