Mary’s is the talk of the (New)town! Mary’s is a new bar in an unassuming location off King St in Newtown (6 Mary St) that has only been opened for a few months. The word is that Mary’s do the best burger in town (according to Timeout Magazine). They also serve awesome fried chicken. If you don’t know what you are looking for, you will probably walk straight past it. It’s next to Kelly’s on King and all you will see is a graffitied door – there is no signage. Or you can follow everyone else on Mary St because chances are they are heading for Mary’s.
The other thing that has caught attention of many including myself is that there are some pretty big names. Jake Smyth (ex-Bodega) and Kenny Graham (ex-Gardel’s bar at Porteno) own the place. And Luke Powell, ex-head chef at Tetsuya’s is in charge of the kitchen. From fine dining to fried chicken and burgers, that’s quite a change!
|Blackboard food menu: short and sweet (or greasy)!|
|Newtowner Pale Ale on tap: perfect with burger or fried chicken|
|Shroom burger with fries: wrapped in paper and served in a basket|
|Shroom Burger ($12): I can't believe it's not Macca's!|
|Fried chicken, half bird ($16): finger lickin' good!|
Highlight: Wonderful wonderful fried chicken
Lowlight: The burger is not big, the size of a Macca’s cheeseburger
Overall: Whilst Mary’s is a bit run down, quite dark and the music has been cranked up to full volume, the vibe here is great – it’s grungy, cool, and down to earth ! Mary’s is a great place to catch up with friends, have a few drinks and enjoy a (much more sophisticated) Macca’s meets KFC extravaganza! 7/10 (Great)