N’awlins inspired soul food

Farr Side Cafe

Epic burgers, all day breakfast, shakes with mix ins, finger-lickin’ buffalo wings and a selection of loaded fries can all be found on the menu at Farr Side Café.

It wasn’t long after I returned from a trip to the US a few years ago when I first discovered Soul Cartel’s food truck at The Hamlet. I had just visited New Orleans so my excitement instantly sparked when I saw po’ boys on the menu. I still remember ordering ‘The Laroquette’ Po’ Boy – buttermilk fried chicken, slaw, American cheese, pickles and Cartel mayo with a side of soul fries…. I’ve been a fan ever since!

Soul Cartel aims is to bring Canberra the best N’awlins inspired soul food highlighting the cajun and creole flavours that are special to New Orleans.

Earlier this year Soul Cartel spread their wings and opened the Farr Side Café in Isaacs, a much-needed addition to the area. Their food truck can still be found at The Hamlet where they dish up burgers, po’ boy sandwiches, fries, wings and fried chicken.

Farr Side Café offers a wider range of food, including an epic all day breakfast menu, more burgers and some delicious shakes.

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Shake with Maltesers.

There are soooooo many things on the menu I want to try! I visited recently and went with the white buffalo chicken burger – smoked buttermilk fried chicken coated in their house spice blend with lettuce, pickles, blue cheese dressing and Frank’s hot sauce. It’s BIG, has a kick and was really delicious! We also had a side of buffalo wings and dirty fries – yum. If you want to customise your burger then you can add a ‘hack’ or three of your choice.

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White Buffalo Burger
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Dirty Fries (Gravy, cheese & shallots)
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Buffalo wings with blue cheese dressing

All burgers are served on a potato bun – a light, fluffy bun made using potato flour as well as regular flour to give them a unique flavour.

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The Works Burger

Owner, Zac Goddard says his must try item from the burger menu is the cheeseburger.

“There are no gimmicks or anything to hide behind – all your sauces, cheese melt, pickles and meat have to be on point to have a well-balanced burger. You can also get in a single, double or triple so it covers all appetites!”

His choice from the breakfast menu is the Elvis. Banana, maple, and bacon on a waffle – what else could you want?

Zac’s family and friends are involved in all aspects of running the businesses. So expect to find friendly service and a warm and welcoming environment when you visit. There’s also a big focus on local produce. Seven Miles Coffee in Fyshwick roasts Farr Side Café’s coffee and their teas are from local tea makers Tea Garden Co. They created a specialty blend just for the café, called Soul-ted Caramel! Their bread, meat, fruit and vegetables are also locally sourced and Zac’s grandma and dad make the desserts and cakes in the cabinet.

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Photo of Farr Side Cafe’s Southwest burger that Instagrammer @hulksmashfood enjoyed recently.

If you haven’t been yet then you need to check out Farr Side Café. The American-inspired menu is like nothing else I’ve seen in Canberra. I can’t wait to try the Pit Beans on Toast – smoked pit beans on char-grilled sourdough with a fried egg, corn bread crumb and shaved grana padano cheese. The baconator burger sounds amazing too. Okay let’s just say I want to try everything!

If you’re a member of the Burger Collective (an app for burger lovers by burger lovers) you can also get a free side of fries when you visit Soul Cartel’s Farr Side Cafe. Ask about it in store on your next visit!

Soul Cartel can also provide catering for your next event.



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Address: Shop 3, Farr Place, Isaacs

Opening Hours

Mon – Closed

Tue-Thu – 7am – 3pm

Fri-Sat – 4pm – 8pm

Sun – 7pm – 3pm

This is a sponsored post but all opinions are the author’s own.