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Published February 17th 2014
Could Australia's Best Burgers be Hiding in Moorabbin?
A recent insurge of popularity to one of Moorabbin's most industrial areas has probably got a lot to do with the opening of an authentic and very funky American Diner called Fat Bob's Bar and Grill. Set back off the street down a small laneway, it's easy to miss unless you have an idea as to where you are going. This place may be not much eye candy from the outside, but wait till you get inside. It is amazing.
Keep your eyes out for this guy, he'll let you know you have arrived at Fat Bob's Bar and Grill
Owner Bob Pankhurst has spent a lot of time collecting over the years and there are retro, vintage and collectible signs all over the walls and the ceiling as well and a great selection of license plates in the bathroom too. Some of the signs you may recognise from your own childhood or from television and as the neon lights flood the air of this eclectic wonderland you will be transported to another era. It's a real buzz to sit amongst it on your converted tram seat or circular module and soak up the music, the atmosphere and the signs that seem to be forever changing and fighting for your attention.
It's a neon wonderland
It's not all about the quirky decor however, it's about icy cold beer and burgers too. There's a small specialised menu, it's a burger or it's a burger and fries, not much deviation except for for the most delicious zucchini fries ever and some "slaw" or guacamole and corn chips. But it's the burgers that steal the show. With fab names like the Dragstar, Goodrich, Fat Bob, Victa, Hudson, Spartex or Hummer you can certainly find something to suit your taste. There's a special menu for the kids too and you guessed it, it's burgers and fries as well.
The zucchini chips with mayo are delicious
We sampled a decent variety on our visit including the Goodrich/vegetarian option. It was juicy and moist and so tasty. A massive mushroom was used instead of a vegetable pattie which I was so grateful for as it was fresh and nutty and the bun was pillowy and light. It also had beetroot, cheese and lettuce too, a perfect amount of everything. There were no complaints from anyone at the table and all burgers including a kids Simplex, a Fat Bob and a Victa were cleaned up. All come wrapped individually in foil for easier, cleaner eating, but when the juicy of one of those 180g of grass fed beef patties dribbles down you chin you wont mind at all. The flavours are authentic and really hit the spot when you are craving a brilliant tasting burger.
The burgers will satisfy even the fussiest of burger gourmets
When it comes to drink options there are plenty. About 2/3s of the menu in fact. There is cold beer on tap including domestics like Corona and Stella right through to ales like Little Creatures, Hitachino Nest and Mountain Goat Summer Ale. For a clean, crisp taste perhaps a Lager or Pilsener would be your preferred choice. With 8 to choose from including Stone and Wood and Kronenbourg you can stick with what you know or try something new. Either way, when you combine that list with the wines, ciders, cocktails, spirits and more classic spiders and milkshakes you can see the choice is extensive. I can vouch for the ice chocolate, raspberry spider and iced coffee too.
Keep looking, you never know what you might find!
It's no wonder that Fat Bob's is a busy place, with the man cave decor and the burgers rated in Melbourne's Top 10 last year by the Burger Adventure, it's definitely worth donning your sunglasses, learning the words to some oz rock legends and booking a table at the place many are referring to as having the best burgers in Australia. Check it out yourself. Oh and use your GPS to help you from driving by.