Feast on a Don Draper Dog while listening to cool, jazzy tunes at The Soda Factory every Thursday evening. Firstly though, keep in mind The Soda Factory is a struggle to find unless you know that it's actually through a fake fridge door at Bossy's Hot Dogs. Look out for a pretty girl in a cute red outfit and retro roller skates.
The Soda Factory now has a Mad Men themed menu every Thursday evening, accompanied by live swing, jazz and rockabilly. Cocktails are $12 which is excellent value. On all other nights the cocktails are between $17 and $20. The Mad Men cocktails are all lemon based which pleases me, as I always prefer sour cocktails over sweet ones.
The Madmac & cheese ($5) sampler is served with a lovely cheesy sauce. In my humble opinion the sauce could be cheesier, but I'm known to love my cheese. Sprinkled with paprika, it's great if you're craving some hearty comfort food.
Don Draper's Sidecar is a cocktail made with brandy, lemon juice, and orange liqueur. It's on the sweeter side, especially with the sugar rim. I enjoy the way the sugar rim adds a bit of texture to the beverage.
The Don Draper Dog ($10) is the winner in our eyes. It's a simple hot dog with melted cheese, mustard, ketchup, Spanish onion and a sprinkle of herbs on a soft hot dog roll. It's pretty much the perfect dog.
We also get to try the Johnny Drama (the favourite on their regular menu) which uses the same sausage as the Draper Dog but is wrapped in bacon, then topped with avocado, sour cream and tomato salsa. It's a full-on hot dog with an on-trend Mexicana twist, but we still prefer the simplicity of the Don Draper. There's an extensive list of gourmet hot dogs on their regular menu, all priced at a reasonable 10 bucks.
The Manhattan Meatball Sub ($10) is laden with your choice of napolitana sauce or cheese sauce. The bread is a bit crustier than the hot dog roll, which I'm a fan of. And the napolitana sauce is wonderfully rich and tomatoey.
If you want to avoid carbs, go for the Naked Balls ($8). Again you can pick between the napolitana or cheese sauce. We sample a meatball each with the two sauces (but you'd normally get four naked balls in one serving). Packed with flavour and doused with loads of sauce, I enjoy these meaty balls very much.
The Soda Factory space is industrial, hemmed in by textured walls hunt with pages of a pin up calendar. Rusty bronzes and light blues are interspersed with raw, wooden furnishings. Even the bathroom is cleverly designed with buckets for sinks and outdoor taps.