If the name Changz rings a bell, it’s probably because you’ve screamed it at some point in your life while searching for a glass of milk. These guys do, hands down, the best hot sauce going around.
In fact the hot sauces became so popular, appearing at burger joints all over the country, that Changz founders Josh Monteiro and Tom Jacobson decided to open their own American-inspired digs in Elsternwick: Changz Canteen.
Unlike a lot of burger and fried chicken joints, Changz makes everything in-house. The tangy dill pickles, the tongue-scorching hot sauces, the ketchup and the cured bacon—it’s all made right here at the Canteen. And you can taste the difference. The burgers are built on Japanese-style milk buns (rapidly overtaking brioche as our burger bun of choice) and come with a max of four fillings in each. Beef fans should probably start with the Double Cheeseburger (beef, cheese, pickles, onion and Canteen Sauce) but the Karaage Chicken gives it a serious run for its money (think nuggety-fried Japanese chook served with snow pea slaw, mustard greens and miso mayo).
Of course, the real story at Changz are the hot sauces. Eating a Changz burger without lugging on a good spoonful of hot sauce is a crime against nature. Spice wimps will be happy with the Green Jalapeño or the smoky Chipotle BBQ, but personally we’re digging the Red Habanero. It kicks like a mule and hits all the right mouth-notes.
The Big Daddy of them all is the BBQ Reaper, made from the dreaded Carolina Reaper Pepper. Sidenote: Changz experimented with a sauce even hotter than The Reaper, but called it off when people literally cried, vomited and hallucinated after consumption. Probs a good call.
And if you like wings, we've got some more good news. Changz are ringing in the start of ppring with $1 fried chicken ribs. Yep, crispy-fried ribs, all for a single dollarydoo. There's no catch. You can get them in original or spicy, and multiple ribs will generate absolutely zero judgment on our part. Available in-store this week, up until the 3rd September. We'll see you there, yeah? *Runs for the car keys*
Image credit: Changz Canteen