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20° & RAINY ON WEDNESDAY 19 DECEMBER IN MELBOURNE
By Amy Collins
May 17, 2013
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Phat Brats

Hot dogs get a little bit fancy.
By Amy Collins
May 17, 2013
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Phat Brats started when two young gents decided they wanted to change fast food for the better. Matt and Damo, also owners of Shawcross Pizza, are doing just that. Their ‘top-notch’ dogs take the classic hotdog and make it with locally sourced, fresh and fun ingredients. Add a cheeky social media presence, a relaxed interior and a touch of vegetarianism — Matt doesn't eat meat! — and you've got an all-round fun venue.

When it comes to their dogs, they've got most flavour palates covered. If you want to keep things simple, try the wagyu beef sausage with tomato sauce, sauteed onion and mild mustard ($8.90), or if you're feeling like something a little different, go for the lamb and rosemary sausage with smashed peas, house gravy, raw slaw and crumbled fetta ($8.90). Vegetarians are well looked after, with two dedicated vegetarian choices as well as being able to swap any sausage with an artisan veggie dog. One of the veggie favourites is the superfood dog made of sweet potato, quinoa and tamarind topped with chilli lime mayo, minted peas, alfalfa, coriander and sour cream ($9.50).

As well as the vegetarians, Phat Brat have the health conscious in mind, with all dogs available 'naked' (without the bun) and served on a choice of salads including raw slaw, garden salad or superfood salad.

Now, their fries menu is entitled 'Life-changing fries'. If by life-changing they mean an inability to say complete sentences while eating them without dropping in an 'oh my goodness, these are amazing' or a slight dissatisfaction when eating other fries, then they're on the money. These crispy treats, with a batter-like texture, topped with all sorts of flavours, really set the bar high for fries. Think cheesy fries topped with house-made PB cheese sauce ($6), chilli fries topped with spicy ground beef or beans, sour cream, house made chilli sauce and jalapenos ($7.90) or peas and gravy fries topped with smashed peas, house gravy and feta ($7.90).

Phat Brats makes fast food a little fancy and makes it accessible to the health conscious alike. But what's most important is they are serving up damn tasty dogs.

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