Words & Photos: Jeremie Schatz
Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.” Clearly he hadn’t had the distinct pleasure of enjoying a meal at Stacked, for if he had, he would have added, “and a killer burger at Stacked”.
For many, there’s something comforting about a good burger. Simply even knowing that a fine purveyor of quality beef is nearby can set the mind at ease. For if all else fails, culinarily speaking, the burger is a steadfast beacon of reassurance that familiar sustenance can be had.
Moving beyond praise for the exalted patty of minced beef, expectedly not all are created equal. After all, art is more than paint on a canvas – just so is a burger more than merely a cooked pile of minced meat. At Stacked, they are keenly aware of this fact and have made significant headway into perfecting this simple art.
When it comes to bun-brandishing options, Stacked offers up 12 versions; half of which are US grass-fed beef which is ground daily. You can’t go wrong with the best selling “Cowboy” decked out with onion rings, homemade BBQ sauce, smoked bacon, and cheddar. On the other hand, there is the chef’s favourite “Hot Mama” (going to have to side with the chef on this one) layered with crispy jalapenos, spicy bacon jam, Sriracha aioli, on a chilli-lime bun.
What are the other six burgers that aren’t beef? Good question. If you’re baking all sorts of fresh buns daily, you need to offer up some options for non-beef eaters. These options cover all the bases from the “Chip Shop” with battered Alaskan cod, the “Samui Bad Boy” overflowing with pulled pork, the “Save-A-Cow” with grilled eggplant and zucchini, and even the “Bao Burger” with five-spices duck confit.
If you thought it was going to be an easy decision ordering, think again. To further confuse your hungry mind, the menu keeps going with big, juicy Australian ribeye steaks, grilled Caesar salad (with candied bacon!), Stacked sliders if you like your burgers bite-sized, Baja fish tacos, and a range of other tantalising veggie, meat, and fish dishes.
A typical human response to a menu like this is for your mouth to start watering or your stomach to start growling. If this hasn’t occurred, you might have a medical condition and should visit a doctor at once. Or at least book a table at Stacked and confirm your taste buds are functioning properly.
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