When I say the words "hot dog", it's likely I've conjured up horrible memories of consuming rubbery skinned Frankfurt sausages in a stale bread roll, with tomato sauce and mustard splodged along the top. If you would like to try a hot dog that actually tastes really good, I suggest you visit the specialists at Phat Brats this weekend.
Phat Brats aims to transform what we know of the traditional hot dog, and they have succeeded by turning it into a gourmet feast. No longer do you have to question what kind of animal product or gizzard you are consuming in a sausage. Phat Brats use artisan snags sourced from a local butchery, and they have put together a menu that is sure to delight any hot dog sceptic.
A large sign behind the counter displays the menu, with the heading "Honest Sausages" listing the various sausages you can try, including two vegetarian options. When ordering you can request a plain, seeded, or gluten-free bun, and whether or not you'd like a side of beer battered chips or salad. Phat Brats is currently in the process of procuring a liquor license, so one day in the near future you can enjoy a brew with your snag.
On my visit to Phat Brats my friends and I dined in at the venue, sipping from Phoenix Organics drinks whilst we waited for our meals. The staff members, bustling about in the kitchen mostly, were friendly and efficient with their service.
Served in plastic baskets each 'dog' was almost overflowing with flavourful ingredients. Encased in a seeded bun my lamb and rosemary sausage sat on a bed of raw slaw and gravy, and was topped with smashed mint peas and crumbled fetta cheese. As I took a bite it was love at first taste.
My dinner companions enjoyed four other different flavour combinations, including the pork and sage sausage and the chilli dog. The vegetarian hot dogs looked and, by all accounts, tasted just as appetizing, with one featuring a pumpkin, ricotta, and tarragon filled sausage and the other having a bean, lentil, and veggie filling. Nobody left a crumb in their baskets by the time we were finished.
Phat Brats is a great place to grab a quality hot dog at an affordable price, with the Wagyu beef sausage being the cheapest option starting at $7.90. So take your mates, take your family, and take yourself down to Phat Brats on Brunswick Street, Fitzroy this weekend.