At the Johnston St end of Brunswick St in Fitzroy, you’ll find Phat Brats – arguably the best hot dogs in Melbourne. After multiple visits since they opened, this opinion has been formed by everyone at our house, including the 7 year old who is apparently an expert on such matters.
Made with locally-sourced ingredients, including the gorgeous brioche buns which come from a Vietnamese bakery in Richmond, the Phat Brats boys offer a menu packed full of variety and doggy goodness.
Amongst others, there’s the wagyu beef, the chilli dog, the cheesy smoked kransky with sauerkraut, the lamb and rosemary with minted peas, gravy and raw slaw, the chicken and herb dog, and the very sensational vegetarian ‘Superfood Dog’ of sweet potato, quinoa, tamarind, chilli lime mayo, coriander and sour cream. All worth a taste, and now thanks to their snack-sized menu option you can try as many as you like in one sitting.
And don’t get me started on the cheesy fries – these bad boys need their own Facebook page and Twitter account, they’re that good. Seriously.
At the recent Phat Brats ‘DOGUSTATION’, put together by the fine ladies at Zilla & Brook the very lovely Tiffany Waldren (@beergirlbites) artfully matched a 5-course hot dog menu with an array of Southern Bay Brewing Co beers.
Not only were the dogs sensational, but Tiffany managed by matching the very delicious ‘Robust Porter’ to the dessert hot dog (a brioche hot dog bun filled with chocolate icecream, whipped cream, berry coulis, toasted coconut and crushed pistachios…hello!!!!) to officially covert me into a drinker of beer. And I have it on good authority that the dessert doggie may be making its way onto the menu, which makes me one happy little puppy.
Please enjoy the following food porn with my heartiest compliments. But be warned – resistance is useless.
Phat Brats, 320 Brunswick St, FITZROY www.phatbrats.con.au
I attended the Phat Brats ‘Dogustation’ as a guest but was not asked to write this review. I did that because the dogs are awesome.