One thing I love when visiting the States, is the high standard of their burgers… and we’re not talking McDonald’s either. Don’t get me wrong, New Zealand does great burgers! However, there was more than a hint of excitement to hear that you could get an American style burger in Taupo.
Pauly’s Diner is located on Paora Hapi Street, opposite the Countdown Supermarket as you drive into Taupo from Auckland. Being located away from the tourist hub of restaurants on the waterfront, Pauly’s seems to be a secret well-kept by the Taupo locals. The Diner is quite small, however it makes up for its size with a decent selection of burgers and very friendly staff.
I had the “Dirty Bird” Burger ($12) – Buttermilked Southern Fried Chicken, Honeybutter & Coleslaw. Being an American style burger, i had prepared my taste buds for a little heat, but this was not to be the case. Not that this detracted from the taste. This was a really yummy burger, the chicken was delicious! The Coleslaw had a nice point of difference from the usual fair offered here in NZ.
Next time I will go for the “O.G.” – Beef Pattie, Cheese, Pickles, Mustard Mayo, Tomato Chilli Jam & Lettuce. They also have a vegetarian and gluten-free option if required.
I will be going for a run shortly to make space for my next visit.