Harry’s Cafe De Wheels is a founding American-style diner institution within Sydney - which has now opened over nine locations, with their most recent expansion being within the West at Panthers in Penrith.
Hot Dog De Wheels, like a burger with the lot.
There’s a feeling of nostalgia, like a time warp back to the late 1950’s. A silver shiny caravan, with rock music blaring and a wall of photographs of famous diners at Harry’s from times gone by. It feels like I have transported onto a movie set for Grease, and I am just waiting for the Pink ladies to walk past singing.
The retro Harry's caravan
Established in a small caravan on the side of the road at Wolloomooloo in 1938, creator Harry Edwards soon became famous for his pies n peas combo. Harry’s fame would grow over the next few decades, eventually leading to his original Woolloomooloo premises being National Trust classified in 2004. With years of experience and a strong reputation within the Australian food industry, it is evident that years of hard work and effort have gone into perfecting the humble meat pie.
The wall of fame
Full of character and charm
If you are in the mood for pies and hot dogs, then you will love the extensive menu - featuring the signature "Harry’s Tiger” pie($6) that comprises of a flaky pastry with lean beef topped with a mountain of mash, mushy pies and topped with gravy. For something with a bit a of kick, try the Chilli Dog ($6.50) - a Continental Viennese smoked frankfurt served with freshly cooked spicy chilli con carne, with an extra dose of chilli sauce on top.
The very filing Chilli Dog
A lot to choose from the menu
One of my favourites has to be the Hot Dog De Wheels ($6.90), just like the Chilli dog but with the addition of mushy peas and cheese sauce. The Pie n Peas ($5.90) is a classic and goes deliciously well with the hot gravy.
This is not the most ideal menu for those looking for a vegetarian or a healthy meal option, but an absolute treat for anyone wanting old style comfort food.
The famous Pie n Peas
A popular hot spot with locals and out of towners, Harry’s is great for families with plenty of outdoor seating around the front and sides of the caravan. Be aware that not everything that is listed on the menu is always available. Many of the popular items do sell out in peak times.
Outdoor dining space around the caravan
A visit to Harry’s is fun. It’s traditional fast food flavours bring back childhood memories of fairs and carnivals - just in a more grown up fashion. Great for a mid-week take away snack attack or midnight on a saturday after a few too many cocktails.