There's no Betty in the building, but the burgers are still pretty special.
Although Betty's Beach Burgers, with its $1 burgers and 25-year history, was a Noosa legend, Betty's Burgers and Concrete in Hastings Street has nothing to do with Betty Wallace.
Instead, it's named after the grandmother of the owner David Hales, Tasmanian Betty Anderson, who thought he had come up with an original name.
As befits a burger bar, the menu is pretty basic, and you order from the counter. They give you a beeper to let you know when it's ready. It's a fast food concept, but the decor is upmarket, and the staff work hard to make it a pleasant experience.
The Betty's Classic - Angus beef, lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese and Betty's special sauce - was my pick. It came out looking a lot like a Big Mac on a soft bun, but it still had some flavour. The meat pattie had a real char-grilled taste, and the cheese was melted into the other ingredients. Although I found it a little salty, it was an ace burger.
I wish I had stomach room to try Betty's Concrete as it sounds delicious. You choose your mix-ins to add to dense chocolate or vanilla frozen custard. The options include Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, cookie dough, Persian fairy floss, marshmallow sauce, New York cheesecake and much more.
The decor is very Noosa with turquoise/orange touches set against a weathered beach look. I particularly like the driftwood screen on the side.
Ed+bK rating 4/5 stars
Bottom line: burgers range in price from $10 to $16
Best tip: Save room for dessert.
Disclaimer: Ed+bK paid for her burger.