Cheap Eats: Mr Crackles
Hi guys, sorry for the long hiatus, I ducked overseas to attend a friend’s wedding but I’m back now! So let’s talk about my favourite place to eat on Oxford St: I don’t know how I haven’t written about the holiest of holies in the late night dining scene of Sydney yet, especially considering I attend this foodie institution on a pretty regular basis and have photos from several of these visits that I’ve been storing up so I can write about it… That place is the church of pork crackling, aka Mr Crackles. While you’ll usually find me there late at night, it’s a great feed at any time of day – and is best enjoyed in the allyway outside my house (as many of my friends can attest to) – and is the best kind of comfort food you could ever ask for. Mr Crackles does not care about calories, which can be attested to by the fact that they sell pork crackling in a cup ($5). Yes, a cup like you might put hot chippies in at the footy. This personally isn’t my bag, baby, but my friends go nuts over the stuff so hey, what do I know? But beyond the crackling cups, they make the kind of sandwiches (all $12-15 each) you wish were in your lunchbox every day: chicken schniztel with wasabi mayo, pork belly on a bed of Viet salad and my favourite: the slow roasted lamb with tahini. All of these sandwiches come with some sort of salad, but you can half the salad and double the meat ($17) if you’re my friend Mikey/feel like splurging. Currently they have this disgustingly amazing special sandwich on called a Bacon Cheeseburger Meatball Thingy ($13.50). My aforementioned salad-hating friend Mikey tackled this particular sandwich and said it was like he’d died and gone to heaven. Which probably meant that even I would find it too disgusting to consume. But it did smell amazing. Now, I love hot chips. Like love love. And there’s few ways you can improve a perfect chip, but Mr Crackles have managed that with their Chilli Cheese Fries ($10), which is just hot chips with chilli con carne and cheese dumped on top. But don’t be fooled by the word ‘chips’, these guys are not a side – they’re the main attraction. And the serving is huge! I worship at the alter of Chilli Cheese Fries. Mr Crackles does not believe in making friends with salad, but they do have a pretty tasty sounding vegetarian roll that I am often tempted to try (sorry vego sammich, I just love chilli cheese fries TOO MUCH!) but I guess I’ll just have to take a vego friend with me and steal a bite sometime. If you haven’t been to Mr Crackles yet, run, don’t walk, to this shrine to delicious meaty goodness. Mr Crackles can be worshipped from midday daily at 155 Oxford St, Darlinghurst – a couple doors down from Stonewall Hotel. Follow your nose, you can’t miss it!