Western Sydney cops a lot of flack from those living on the north side of the bridge. But we don't really care because out here, we eat gooood. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Sleeping Beauty / Disney If you're curious about the west's best offerings, here's what you should order at 17 of our local faves. 1. Smash pizza and an aperol spritz at Gigino, Fairfield West. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Forget Leichhardt – you'll find the best Italian food in Southwest Sydney. Our favourite spot? Gigino. With amazing pizza, pasta and a cool cocktail bar out back, this is the ultimate place for Friday night hangs. 2. Enjoy Thai-style pork belly at Holy Basil, Canley Heights. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com This is legit one of the best places to get Thai and Lao food in Sydney. Their roast pork belly literally melts in your mouth. Make sure you hit up their deep fried ice cream, too. 3. Find out that the burgers are in fact, superior, at Superior Burgers, Wakeley. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Loaded fries, wings and juicy burgers make Superior Burger one of the west's best-kept secrets. Their minimalistic take on American diner decor is also a vibe. 4. Devour a dosa at Chatkazz, Harris Park. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com If you're looking for the best Indian street food in the city, head to Chatkazz. Their pani puri and wafer-thin dosa is always a winner.Harris Park is Sydney's unofficial home of Indian food, so whichever restaurant you settle on, you'll definitely get a great meal. 5. Discover Afghan food at Kabul House, Merrylands. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com If you haven't tried Afghan food before, you need to get down to Kabul House ASAP. With delicious biryani, pulao and kebabs, you'll be gulping everything down with wood-fired naan and yoghurt sauce. 6. Pop some hoppers at XDream Dining & Takeaway, Toongabbie. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Toongabbie is practically Sydney's centre of Sri Lankan food, so it's no wonder XDream kills the hopper game. These light, crispy, taco-like shells are served with a variety of fillings, along with sides of sambal and curry. 7. Eat some Ethiopian at Gursha Restaurant, Blacktown. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com With layers of ingera (sour Ethiopian crepes) topped with fragrant, flavourful wot (Ethiopian stews), the food at Gursha is delicious and the atmosphere is super cosy and homely. 8. Pig out at Vinh Phat, Cabramatta. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Cabramatta is THE place to go for yum cha, and Vinh Phat is basically a Western Sydney institution. Grab some friends and smash bowls of dumplings, pork buns and chicken feet. 9. Indulge in an all-out feast at Pazar, Canterbury. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Mixing both Turkish and Mexican influences, Pazar is literally one of the best restaurants in the whole damn city. You HAVE to try the tres leches cake – it is honestly life changing. 10. Try chicken chorizo at Chorizo Chasers, Wetherill Park. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com This Wetherill Park food truck is dishing up Latin American food all week long. While they serve delicious asado platters and empanadas, Chorizo Chasers are famous for their range of chorizo. Venture beyond the classic pork or beef versions and try their chicken one. 11. Feast on melt-in-your-mouth meat at Fabrika, Canley Heights. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com If you love slow-roasted meat, head to Fabrika in Canley Heights. This restaurant specialises in Balkan and mediterranean food, which is simple and delicious. Our suggestion? Go for the lamb sač, which is slow cooked for hours in a large cast iron pot with traditional vegetables. The result? The meat is soft, tender and falls off the bone. YUM. 12. Go meatless at An Nhien Vegetarian Cuisine, Cabramatta. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Cabramatta is the home of Sydney's largest Vietnamese community, so you know their vegetarian Viet food is going to be legit. For fresh, tasty rice paper rolls and noodle salads, head straight to An Nhien. 13. Drool over lechon kawali at Sizzling Fillo, Lidcombe. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com One of the most beloved dishes of the Philippines is lechon kawali, and there's no better place in Sydney to try it than Sizzling Fillo in Lidcombe. This pork belly dish is boiled and deep fried, which gives it its tender and crispy texture. 14. Get the real food truck experience at Holy Heffa, Edensor Park. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com The parking lot of Fred's Fruit World goes off between Thursday and Sundays nights thanks to Holy Heffa. This food truck serves up an ever-changing menu of burgers, milkshakes and loaded fries. Pull up a milk crate and see if you can get your mouth around burgers as big as this bad boy. 15. Slurp up a bowl of pho at An Restaurant, Bankstown. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Locals call this Sydney's best pho, and honestly, who are we to argue. The pho is filling, authentic and seriously delicious here. 16. Grab Sydney's best roast chook at Jasmin's Lebanese Restaurant, Lakemba. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Lebanese chicken has definitely come into the spotlight in recent years, and for good reason – it's tender, juicy and bloody delicious. Jasmin's is Lakemba's hot spot for rotisserie chicken and chips. Order an extra plate of falafel, smother everything in toum and enjoy your amazing meal. 17. Stuff yourself silly with noodles at Xi'an Eatery, Burwood. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Serving up Shaanxi cuisine from Northwestern China, Xi'an Eatery is one of Burwood's new hot spots. Their specialty? Thick, handmade noodles with meat and veggies doused in vinegar and chilli. They are so good and so cheap – it's a win-win! Know any other Western Sydney hot spots that we should try? Share them with us in the comments!