I used to consider hot dogs as an indulgent lunch on a relaxed weekend until I discovered KOKOZ Pizza & Double Dogs on the corner of Warrigal and Waverley Roads in Chadstone. For almost 15 years they have been in the business and their expertise is clearly evident. Being somewhat of a "Hot Dog Connoisseur", I place my stamp of approval firmly on the creations that come from KOKOZ's kitchen. Here, a hot dog is no longer just a delicatessen sausage in a bread roll with sauce.
My first decision was whether to choose a single or a double dog? Instantly casting aside my diet, I chose the latter. This was followed by a carefully considered selection from one of the five standards on the menu with the promise to myself to return as many times as it takes to sample all five.
Plain: Crusty toasted roll with sausage and sauce
Cheese: Add cheese and your choice of sauce Chilli: Add ham, onion, capsicum, chilli flakes, cheese
Deluxe: Add ham, mushroom, pineapple, cheese Lot: Add fresh tomato, ham, bacon, onion, capsicum, pineapple, cheese
I settled on (yes, you guessed it) a double one with the Lot. What a meal it was. This piece of hot dog mastery was about 35cm long, incorporating a crusty toasted roll resembling a half a French stick absolutely packed with my hot dog, chosen sauce and a complete meal's worth of the above fillings. It was one of those meals when you know you should cease eating but it's just too tasty to leave. I add here that my partner happily helped me out.
Speaking of my partner, he, being a bit more adventurous than me, chose the piece de resistance:
Maxi Dog: a totally encased in pastry, double hot dog with the Lot, topped with sesame seeds.
The thin crusty casing of this creation was crisply toasted and every bit as scrumptious as my double dog. I can highly recommend it.
While my initial interest lay with the dining-in hot dog creations, the pizzas are obviously rated just as highly, as the home deliveries didn't stop for the entire time we were there. The menu gives a selection of 19 variations ranging from standard Marinara, Aussie and Meat Lovers through Mexican, Mediterranean and Mushroom to the Kozo Special, Full House and Burger pizzas. There is a choice of four sizes ranging from $9.40 for small to $15.60 for family sized.
Now if I've led you to believe that Kozoz is just a pizza and hot dog place, then I haven't done it justice for there is a selection of pasta dishes (spaghetti, fettuccine, cheese ravioli, veal tortellini) with eight different sauces to choose from for just $13.45ea.
If you're after dishes that lean away from pasta/pizza selection, Kokoz provide a wide variety of pork and chicken dishes from spare ribs to chicken parmigiana with bacon, cheese and wedges or a combo of both chicken and pork. Salads, side dishes and desserts complete the menu.