Best Hot Dog In Melbourne
Where are the best hot dogs in Melbourne? Melbourne is undergoing a hot dog renaissance. The humble dog is becoming a gourmet sensation. No longer are we subject to cheap bread and nasty sausages but gourmet sausages, fresh soft buns and great fillings.
We are searching Melbourne for the best hot dog. Here we feature Snag Stand, Phat Brats and Massive Wieners. We are saddened that Grandstand Hot Dogs in Fed Square and Dognation is now closed.
Phat Brats - Brunswick Street
Phat Brats is a dude food haven and is more than your average hot dog joint with a menu brimming with creativity and bang on taste sensations. The sign says "top notch" and not a truer word has been spoken. Phat Brats is arguably the Everest of the hot dog world - although its more about sausage than hot dog. Keen to try some dogs I rocked up after a session at Black Pearl - a great combination by the way.
Phat Brats, the mastermind of Matt and Damo, has a ton of pleasing menu options including the Lamb and Rosemary, Pork and Sage, Wagyu Beef and Black Pepper etc (as you can see in this shot above)... Then see below - the Lamb and Rosemary sausage with mashed peas and cheese... Mashed peas! I felt something primal from my South Australian roots (go the pie floater!) as I devoured this sublime meal. The Seeded sesame bun was just the right bread for the occasion - from a choice of 3 types of Gluten Free, Seeded and Wholemeal.
I went for the Lamb and Rosemary on the waitress recommendation (as I wanted everything on the menu and couldn't decide). Next time I think I'll go for the Chilli Dog - a good benchmark of a star hot dog restaurant performer is their quality of Chilli Dog.
Check out these crazy good fries with chilli sauce and jalapenos... These fries are right up there among the best fries in Melbourne... Seriously...
Then there was the Phat Brats Cheesy Fries... Mmmmmm... Too good. Should be legislated against. You can't stop eating these crispy fresh fries with that creamy cheese... Also among the best fries in Melbourne... Decadent and also a decent portion for the price.
The outlet on Brunswick St is attractive and its a great place to settle in for your meal... Exposed brick, cool artwork, modern benches and tables and above all - friendly staff... They're open late so to be friendly after midnight is no mean feat...
Sit at the window and imbibe the Brunswick collective...
Please also note Phat Brats has a great vegetarian option. And some cool beers.
My advice to those visiting Phat Brats would be to order fries and a drink with your dog. While the gourmet dogs are delicious they probably won't fill you up. The fries are brilliant and the combination with the gourmet dogs is a killer... I still dream of devouring those awesome cheesy fries like a latter years Elvis!
The website tells us Phat Brats are "giving honest and wholesome food a hint of fancy." A great vision. I was wondering about the "wholesome" part but a nutritionist has given them the big tick. Phat Brats could perhaps be incorporated in a healthy diet like the Pritikin diet where you can eat lean meats and vegetables etc. to your heart's content...
Phat Brats is serious contender for Melbourne's best hot dog with stiff competition from Massive Wieners, Dog Nation and Snag Stand...
Snag Stand - Melbourne Central
Snag Stand does a great job of meeting a niche in the market for gourmet sausages and quick service. Located very centrally at Melbourne Central it has to be in one of the best places in terms of traffic. They have taken the Aussie preoccupation with the sausage to another level.
Snag Stand features brightly coloured signage and those yellow stools. Seating is quite limited in terms of tables or there’s space for a couple of diners at the counter. Of course, as with all restaurants nearby, there’s the option of eating your snag on the State Library lawns.
Snag Stand markets themselves as very gourmet – the home of heavenly haute dogs. Clever. The secrets are as follows – small batch production, artisanal hand crafted sausages, lean low fat meats, all natural casings, gluten free, and no artificial colours or flavours. After reading that I was convinced I was eating health food. They also use artisan butchers.
It actually is impressive. An excellent option for the hungry student or office worker.
Great menu options include the Spicy Spanish Chorizo grilled with semi sundried tomatoes, chipotle aoli, baby rocket and shredded Spanish goat’s cheese on a brioche roll. Yeah baby!
The American Classic is reasonably priced at under $7 featuring wood smoked frankfurter with American yellow mustard, tomato sauce, onions and sweet relish on a toasted brioche roll.
The Wagyu Beef, Chicken and Rocket and Greek offerings looked impressive. As did the Chillidog, Spicy Cheese Kransky that was on special, and the Australian fare.
The menu is just so extensive with several more options.
The chips are also great, which is important, at a cost of $3.90. they are 100% Tasmanian Russet Potatoes with natural sea salt flakes.
You can get extra toppings for $1, as well as salad instead of a bun. Dipping sauces are $1 each.
The quality of the fresh buns and tasty snags is excellent and is able to fill me up (no mean achievement). With chips of course. The wait time is reasonable and the staff friendly. Recommend Snag Stand as a good CBD option.
Snag Stand cnr La Trobe and Swanston Sts – CBD - Food 8.5 Ambience 8.5
Massive Wieners - 226 Chapel St Prahran
Massive Wieners is a fabulous hot dog purveyor in Prahran with superior product and excellent price point. Having tried many hot dog places around Melbourne this is still my favourite. These are great hot dogs that actually provide a decent feed and at a reasonable price. Massive dogs for $6 compared to some other places where you leave hungry and pay around $10. They are about (at time of writing) to launch the Massive Wieners version of the McMuffin for a new breakfast menu.
It's hard to write anything about Massive Wieners without referring to the name - which obviously raises a smile. Nonetheless these guys are serious about hot dogs.
The flagship store is in trendy Chapel St (this review was from nearby Greville St days).
There's a sense of fun and conviviality around Massive Wieners and this is mainly fuelled by fun loving guys Dave Brennan and Liam Magee.
Drop into their Chapel St eatery and be entertained by their infectious customer service and the odd story or two. They are passionate about what they do and behind the humour is a seriously good product.
Classic is that they wear bow ties and white shirts - it's a sense of occasion when you visit.
I'm impressed by the Chilli Dog with great chilli filling with beans. Top notch.
I was also there when the boys fronted up to Melbourne Central in their pressed white shirts and bow ties looking like angels. It was part of a challenge and a tie in with Channel 10 show The Living Room.
(All the way through this article I'm wanting to spell Wiener as Weimer because I'm used to using the term Weimer in European History - ie Weimer Republic. Maybe with the growing success of their Prahran business these guys might form a Wiener Republic).
I had an encounter with Massive Wieners on the day they brought their wares to Melbourne Central. I couldn't believe that here was their stand right in front of me with Massive Wieners being sold for a reduced price of $4. Happy days! Having just had a massive bowl of pasta for lunch didn't stop me from ordering a Classic Wiener.
The television crew buzzing around the lads is testament that these guys and Massive Wieners are making a huge impression.
The Classic Weiner is about a foot long and is a contender for best hot dog in Melbourne. It's a classic tailor made pork wiener. The long sausage extends way beyond the quality bread. It comes with great mustard and sauce, some quality cheese (what is this cheese? tasty not heavy) and diced white onions. And I also got some jalapenos for some extra kick.
In Prahran you can get the Chilli Wiener, the Kraut Wiener and yes, a Soy Wiener vegetarian option.
For mine a great hot dog has quality ingredients and some kick, and has the ability to fill you up. And the pricing should be reasonable - these guys deliver on all fronts for a $6 hot dog.
Massive Wieners also offers options of 'Average Joe' being 6 inches and the 'Little Pecker' of 3 inches.
A great innovation has been the challenge for the hall of fame - those that can eat a 63.5cm hot dog. Many have tried and failed. Some have succeeded.
Massive Wieners 226 Chapel St Prahran - Food 9 Ambience 8.5
The winner - Phat Brats and Massive Wieners are the major standouts. Do you agree?