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Best American-Style Restaurants In Sydney

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American cuisine is as profound as veganism in Sydney. Thankfully, the serving sizes are a little more reasonable. Sometimes all we need is a good old classic burger to satisfy our gurgling stomachs or the waft of a smokey barbecue steakhouse to perk our senses. If that’s you, then you’ve come to the right place. Saddle up, partner, it’s time to whet your appetite!

Big Daddy's Burger Bar

If there is one thing the USA does well, it’s burgers. At Big Daddy’s Burger Bar, they’ve kept that tradition going. Their selection ranges from the classic beef burger to stacks filled with all sorts of burger-complimenting goodies. They also do cheesy fries, onion rings and even chicken wings. For when your belly is aching for a good old stuffing, this is the place.

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Newtown, Redfern and Darlinghurst locations. Image: @bigdaddysburgerbar

Surly's American Tavern

They have burgers, of course, but we recommend perusing the “Ole Hickory Barbeque” menu that is served only on the weekend until sold out, featuring pulled pork to chopped brisket and all the juiciness in-between. Match your filling dish with one of their American alcoholic beverages, whether it be beer or whisky, then finish your degustation with an ice cream sandwich.

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182 Campbell Street, Darlinghurst Image: @surlys_american_tavern

Hard Rock Cafe

Here is THE place to celebrate all things American, especially the good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll side. Not only will you be treated to a wonderful mix of US dishes and drinks, but they boast a wonderful view of bustling Darling Harbour. They’ve even got a Rock Shop for you to shop in after your hearty meal.

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Level 1 & 2, 2-10 Darling Drive, Darling Harbour Image: @hardrocksydney

NOLA Smokehouse and Bar

Now we’re getting to the fancy side of American dining. NOLA is an acronym of New Orleans, Louisiana, and Australia. Think Mac n Cheese as a bar snack and whisky flights to match. As well as a bar, NOLA Smokehouse and Bar serves up a delectable a la carte menu, from brisket to sausages, all the way to hearty steaks.

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Level 1, 100 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo South Image: @nolasydney

Betty's Burgers and Concrete Co.

Betty’s Burgers and Concrete Co. loves the original sixties-style diner but also loves modern-day dining. So they’ve combined the two! Treat yourself to a perfectly sized burger and chips, matched with a beer or a thick shake, and top it off with a “concrete” custard ice cream.

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Various locations around Sydney Image: @bettys_burgers

Doughbox Diner

While some places go for a modern approach, others love to simply capture an era gone by. Doughbox Diner is your go-to if you need to indulge in authentic 60s America, all the way down to the tables. They’re also famous for their handheld crepe cones, but we drool for their banana splits!

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Enmore and Brighton-Le-Sands locations Image: @doughboxdiner

Bovine & Swine

Bovine and Swine is a meat-lovers nirvana, serving Texas-style barbecue dishes for wagging tongues. While they are not located in Sydney city, it is worth the drive out to Penrith. So why not make a day of it? Here’s why: all of their meat is wood-smoked for up to 12 hours in a home-built smoker they built themselves.

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95 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains Image: @bovineandswinebarbecue

The Hub House Diner

No matter how far you stroll down the beckoning path of American cuisine, you’ll always end up finding burgers. The Hub House Diner redefines them so beautifully that it’s impossible to ignore them. But the menu is not just about burgers, they even do chicken wings, Mexican corn, and specially designed loaded fries. Come on, treat yourself to a good stuffing!

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410-412 New Canterbury Road, Dulwich Hill Image: @thehubhousediner

The Nighthawk Diner

Nighthawk Diner represents the modern-style US cafe we love and know from Hollywood. Matching their rustic design, they serve up the classic American feeds, including a new fried chicken menu and traditional juicy burgers. To help wash it all down, we recommend a little partaking in their drinks list, which includes locally sourced beers, US-inspired cocktails and refreshing wine.

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69 Abercrombie St, Chippendale Image: @thenighthawkdiner