Cheesy burgers, fried chicken, shoe string fries with potato and gravy. That’s what I would call an awesome meal for a night out. Except this was lunch. Trying out Mary’s was simply to tick another place we’d heard so much about, off the foodie list. I can see the appeal of the place, it would be great at night over a few drinks and could easily imagine it being packed on a Friday and Saturday night. The food was delicious, especially to help with alcohol absorption. It might seem a bit overpriced considering the location and the way the food is served, on some grease paper lining little plastic baskets.
Some people liken the burgers to Macca’s, which is a fair call, but for those who actually enjoy their quarter pounder with cheese, you’ll probably like the taste of this better. Our fried chicken “Half Bird” was yummy and had a nice crispy batter, but came out slightly burnt but definitely tasty enough for us to give it another try.
Mary’s itself is hard enough to find during the day and it makes me wonder how many people have come looking for this restaurant/bar and given up. Mary Street isn’t exactly well marked. Luckily, you can use the NAB at the corner of King and Mary Street as the point of reference. Walk down a few meters, past Kelly’s Lounge on the left and when you see a blue-framed, unmarked door, you’re there!
Being there during the day, getting inside seemed suddenly very dark and it took a while for my eyes to adjust. But at night, you’ll have no trouble seeing the wall art and deco. The size and layout of Marys’s reminds me of an old-style barn but they have plenty of grungy-retro stuff around that make the place an interesting place just to chill.
6 Mary Street, Newtown