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Published May 12th 2013
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Wienerbago at Fork on The Road, The Depot


I first spotted Wienerbago at the Fork on the Road at The Depot a couple of months ago, but had already eaten so didn't give them a try.

At the the next Fork on the Road at Light Square I was tempted - the menu offered hot dogs, and kransky on a stick or in a roll.

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Wienerbago at Fork on The Road, Light Square


I had previously tried a kransky at the New York Dreams American Diner in Glenelg, and wanted to see how Wienerbago's compared. The kransky on a stick was cheap, and left me a few dollars to try something else too.

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Kransky on a Stick


Wienerbago owner Chris explained that their cheese kransky is a genuine gourmet German style produced in Hahndorf. After my first bite I was quickly impressed with the complex spicy flavours and cheesy taste. Unlike the previous kransky I had tried, the skin was tender and not chewy. Nor did I find bits of gristle and bone that are sometimes present in inferior quality sausages.

All up, a very tasty snack which took the edge off my appetite nicely.

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Wienerbago New Menu with German Floater


As a confirmed Fork fan I couldn't stay away from the next event at the Festival Centre, and my attention drifted back to Wienerbago again. This time Chris had a German Floater on offer - a kransky on a bed of mashed potato, fried onion, bacon and sauerkraut.

The combination of ingredients sounded enticing, although the word floater has unpleasant connotations for me after drunken nights at the old Adelaide Pie Cart. Instead I opted for the kransky roll, with bacon and cheese extras.

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Kransky Roll with Bacon and Cheese


The roll was neatly assembled and looked appetising, but as I found from past experience with hot dogs, the smaller ingredients tend to scatter themselves in a circle around your seating position. There must be an art to eating these things gracefully.

The kransky tasted just as good as before, and the bacon and cheese complemented it well. But for me finishing the roll was a bit of a struggle - it takes a hearty appetite to manage it all. For the price the kranskys are good value, and a quick way to satisfy your appetite.

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Kansky with Sauce


Wienerbago is in demand at quite a few venues and parties, and often Chris and his partner run separate stalls in different locations to meet demand. You can find them at diverse places such as the Adelaide Festival Centre for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the Kooky Kids Markets at Moonta, the Marion Market on Oaklands Road, and special events such as birthday parties...

Check out the Wienerbago web site for more information about them, and Like their Facebook page to keep track of where to find them next.

And if you try the floater, let us know how you like it in the comments.
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Your Comment
After your article Dave, I almost regret not trying Wienerbago when I spotted them before our show of Chitty was to commence. There was certainly a steady stream of customers on the night.
by Yin-Yin Ow (score: 3|1596) 1998 days ago
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