Food and Drink
Posted by Dan Kuseta
23. Oct, 2011
One thing about hot dogs joints: they don’t go easy on the subtle. Newbie food truck Le Sausage nods to the risque with its scantily-clad lady logo, while Prahran’s latest hot dog stand ramps up the doodle double entendre’s with Massive Wieners. At this rate this next snag joint will have to be called Meaty Man Tubes to stand out from the crowd.
Despite the name, the wieners are the only massive things in this tiny shopfront. Yet they say size doesn’t matter, and it feels like a party’s always going on in Massive Wieners.
The theme is 50’s diner meets disco, with spinning lights, soda syphon, retro cash register, jaguar statuette and two smartly dressed chaps behind the bar: Dave Brennan and Liam Magee who own the joint.
Besides a few drinks the massive wieners are the only things on offer here, and as Dave and Liam are both vegetarian their 12″ dogs come in meat and veg varieties ($6 and $5 respectively).
If you don’t fancy putting that much sausage in the mouth without something to help it slide down, toppings of cheese, onions, onion relish, saurkraut and chilli make the job easier.
My hot dog arrives and I’m pretty surprised just how massive it is. This photo doesn’t, do it justice: that sucka was as long as my forearm and the biggest I’ve ever had. I was a little scared. No, I didn’t finish the whole thing.
Flavour-wise, there’s not a lot of surprises here, it kind of tastes just how you expect a frankfurter in a white bun to taste, the sort of thing that’s better when you’re a little boozed. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
Massive Wieners is fun, and their late opening hours means they’ll get a lot of bar hoppers eager to take the 12″ challenge. Plus they’ve also got choc tops in the works.
I suspect they’ll do very well.
113 Greville St, Prahran
Thurs to Sat 6pm – 2am
Sun 6pm – midnight
Beginning today, the Builders Arms is being reshaped by a bunch of artists with a new design, menu, music, screenings and cheaper booze. Yes, cheaper booze.
A new pub/disco/diner from the man behind Honkytonks opens today. Whatever it ends up being, it's gonna be open late.