Lord of the Fries is a bit of an interstate institution. Starting as a food truck by a couple of 20 some things, Mark and Mandy, the idea of serving great fries at festivals and events proved so popular as they toured around the country with their tiny van for a number of years. On the back of this success, they eventually put down some roots and set up a permanent shop in Melbourne. This then expanded and grew over time, to stand at 15 different stores across Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Auckland.
Venue number 15 has just opened in Adelaide on the eclectic Hindley Street, offering up ethical, vegetarian fast food. Burgers are the mainstay of the menu, sharing the space with hotdogs, nuggets, onion rings and some other goodies.
Chips are still very much at the forefront of things, hence the name, with 4 different options available. Classic chips, chunky and fries alongside the always interesting (but sometimes hit and miss) sweet potato.
I was treated to a sample of a number of things as part of the media contingent prior to their full launch, so everything was provided free of charge. However, it goes without saying that this doesn’t influence my words in any way.
One twist to what sounds like just another burger place is that everything is vegetarian (and sometimes vegan). Yep, everything. Nuggets. Hot dogs. Burgers. The lot. Even vegan chocolate.
But before you click or swipe away, let me just tell you this is a very good thing. Flavour, interest, spice and smile inducing food can be vegetarian. Parts of animals needn’t be there just to enjoy something. For a society that seems to build food intake around a protein, and then work out what to (begrudgingly) serve with it, a fully vegetarian/vegan place is a most welcome addition.
One thing I have to mention though – this is vegetarian food that is pretty much dressed up to imitate meat. For example, there are a number of burgers with ‘veg beef patty’s’ on them, fakin bacon, veg chicken, phish (fish) and so on. So if you are one of the many vegetarian who actually choose to not eat meat because you just don’t like it, Lord of the Fries may not be the best option for you.
A blow by blow account of what we tried at the official launch is not required here. Many people reading this will already know all about The Lord anyhow. Basically, the Lord of the Fries delivers some tasty burgers, great chips (in all denominations), an interesting range of soft drinks (do yourself a favour and try the Jarritos sodas!) in a cool little space in the cbd. Throw in that the value is excellent, and there isn’t much else you could ask for. And if you want an ethical burger at 2am on Hindley Street on a Saturday night (and don’t we all) they have you covered there too.
Lord of the Fries is located at 23a Hindley Street, Adelaide. They are open Sunday – Wednesday 11 am – 9 pm; Thursday 11 am – 10 pm and Friday & Saturday 11 am- 3 am.