A Big 20 burger was priced at $1.60 and came wrapped in a bright orange serviette. It consisted of two large beef patties built into a burger bun, stacked high with sliced tomato, fried onion, bacon, two types of cheese, fried egg, lettuce, chopped celery, cucumber, beetroot, homemade pickles, yellow mustard, Worchester sauce, mayonnaise and BBQ sauce.
Hand-cut chips were 30c extra.
If you were brave enough, customers could wash their fast-food feast down with one of Mrs Taylor’s gut-churning milkshakes with flavours like Creme de Menthe, Bubblegum, Passionfruit, Coconut, Blackberry or Cherry.
Naturally, the store offered 20 flavours of ice cream (single 30c | double 60c) and a decadent Banana Split ($1) .
“Big 20 made the best burgers, and nothing has ever come close since,” resident Mark Skipper told the popular Facebook group “Mosman Memories”.
“Best thick shakes in the country, another said.
“It was THE place to go on a Sunday night, my friends and I used to meet there, and our parents thought we were at church across the road,” said another.
In 1983, the Taylor family sold the Burger Bar and moved to a mixed business in Crows Nest called the “Munch Box”.
There are now calls for Big 20’s original owner Peter MacCormack to resurrect the idea on Military Rd.
Long before Maccas at Cremorne there was Mosman’s Big 20!
“If there are enough people who remember the Big 20 burger bar, I am happy to put on a revival for those who remember the great burgers and the milkshakes,” he quipped.
Were you a Big 20 regular? Would you like to see it returned? Let us know!