Hudsons Lane, 52 Liverpool Street, Hobart TAS
0455 629 135
Tucked down a laneway behind Liverpool Street is one of Hobart’s most popular burger vendors – and there’s nothing standard about it.
Beloved by locals and a few clued-up tourists, The Standard is easy enough to find by the constant throng of people loitering around the entrance, where its doors stand before you like a heavenly vision, leading up to a ceiling of fluffy white lanterns. A polished gold staircase mimics the pearly gates leading to burger bliss.
Opened in 2014, The Standard is another successful venture by Tasmanian hospitality gurus, the Pilgrim Group. Inspired by his Californian childhood, cofounder Sam Chang enlisted the expertise of fellow Pilgrim members Christian Ryan and Will Priestley to bring a high-quality interpretation of quintessential American fare to Hobart. Since then, they have well and truly achieved their goal, establishing themselves among Hobart’s best burger vendors.
Committed to supporting local industry, ingredients are sourced from the best Tasmanian produce. With all patties homemade, all chicken free-range, all buns baked fresh every morning and all vegetables and salad locally sourced, every bite is more nourishing than the last.
If you’re lusting after a big juicy beef burger, sink your teeth into the Cowboy: sandwiching bacon, barbecue rings, pickles, mayo, cheese and a house-made premium patty between a fluffy burger bun. Or upgrade to a Brokeback Mountain, with double the meat. For those seeking to add a little heat, opt for the Thunderbird, a chicken burger featuring the good stuff – cheese, tomatoes, pickles and ranch dressing – all doused in red hot sauce. The Reverse Cowgirl is another winner, with a soul-warming combo of chicken, barbecue sauce, bacon, cheese, mayo, pickles and onion rings.
Vegetarian and gluten-free options are also being sizzled up by popular demand, with five meat-free burgers available. Try the Veggie Swiss for size, which stacks up caramelised onions, mushrooms, caper mayonnaise, pickles and Swiss cheese on a handmade veggie patty. Soak it all up with some hand-cut fries with secret sauce and wash it down with a malted Oreo shake in true American fashion.
While the original Standard site is so tiny it’s takeaway only – except for the lucky few to find room on the timber benches inside – those wanting to loiter longer are now in luck. In early 2017, The Standard opened Standard Drinks: a 65-seat diner and bar next door to cater for demand. Now you can enjoy your heavenly burger from the comfort of a 1980s-inspired booth. Or you can keep with tradition and stick around the alleyway, taking in some local street art by Tasmania’s very own, Aeden Howlett.
Delivering the classic American burger-and-shake combo with top-notch produce and flair, it’s no wonder Hobart has responded so well to The Standard. For a Tasmanian take on Californian classics, you can’t go past this local institution.