Phat Brats

Posted on | May 18, 2012 | 18 Comments


Disclosure: I dined courtesy of Phat Brats.

First it was gourmet burgers, and now it’s time for the humble hot dog to take the leap into Gourmet Town. Step aside glammed up burgers – it’s time for posh dogs to shine.

Phat Brats is one of the latest to get in on posh dogs. Located on Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, they describe themselves as having “honest sausages” and “top notch dogs”. The menu has a large selection of sausages: from lamb sausages to beef sausages to pork sausages to vege sausages, all with a wide variety of toppings. They also offer several types of fries: beer batter fries, cheesy fries, or chilli fries.


I visited last week with Thanh, Haz, April and Shellie, and we managed to sample a fair range of their menu: seven hot dogs and two fries. When the food arrived, we quickly photographed and then fell into a hot dog frenzy.

Ten minutes later, there were only crumbs. I don’t know what happened. We even scared ourselves.

But on to the dogs. We tried:

Beer smoked bratwurst: local beer smoked brat sausage with sauteed onions, sauerkrat, Bavarian mustard and green pickle relish ($8.90)

Chilli dog: wagyu beef sausage with spicy ground beef, house chili sauce, pb cheese sauce and spring onion ($8.90).

Wagyu beef: wagyu beef sausage with house tomato sauce and mild mustard ($8.50).

Lamb and rosemary: lamb and rosemary sausage with smashed minted peas, house gravy, raw slaw and crumbled feta ($8.90).

Pork and sage: pork and sage sausage with braised apple and red cabbage, crisp shallots and horseradish cream ($8.90).

Spicy chorizo: spicy Spanish pork sausage with pinto beans, shredded lettuce, sour cream, jalapenos and house tomato sauce ($8.90).

Po’ boy: crispy battered fish, spicy shrimp, shredded lettuce and aioli ($8.90).

As you can see, we had a wide range. And on the whole, all the dogs were pretty good, though I wasn’t that into the lamb and rosemary one because – well: peas.

I was expecting the chilli dog to be my favourite, because chilli dogs are my kind of hot dogs. I love spicy food, and I love the meat on meat and cheese. Phat Brat’s version is a beef sausage, topped with chilli mince and cheese. I liked the chilli mince topping, but found the sausage casing a bit too tough to get a good mouthful of everything together.

Since the chilli dog was knocked out of top place, my favourite went to the beer soaked bratwurst, for the flavoursome sausage and the sauerkraut.

And the fries. Oh the fries! The fries are so insanely good. We had two – the cheesy fries ($6) and the chilli fries ($7). The cheesy fries in particular were fantastic – crunchy and topped with a very moreish cheese sauce. I would’ve liked to have tried the chilli fries with beef, but we decided on the bean version as Haz doesn’t eat beef.

How does Phat Brats fare compared to other gourmet hot dog places? (Regular readers will know of my love for one place in particular!) Well, Phat Brats is a dollar or two cheaper, and their fries are really seriously awesome. Plus Phat Brats have an actual store with tables and chairs you can sit down at and hopefully soon you’ll be able to wash down a dog with a beer when their liquor licence comes through. Phat ass brats and cold beer? Sounds good to me.

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    Phat Brats
    320 Brunswick Street
    Fitzroy VIC 3065
    Phone: 03 9419 5526
    Web: phatbrats.com.au

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    Comments

    18 Responses to “Phat Brats”

    1. leaf (the indolent cook)
      May 19th, 2012 @ 1:15 am

      Yay for their fries in particular, indeed! Such great texture, and the moreish toppings… Also, I need to sample other hot dog places in Melbourne, particularly your favourite. :D
      leaf (the indolent cook) recently posted..egg, shallot & samphire salad with smoky lemon dressing

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      Agnes Reply:

      You should visit my favourite. The chilli dog is awesome.

      But I agree with you that the fries at Phat Brats are so so good.

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    2. Hannah
      May 19th, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

      Bahaha! You didn’t even try the veggie one!
      Hannah recently posted..Vosges Amalfi Bar

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      Agnes Reply:

      Yep, guilty. We didn’t try the veggie one. :)

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    3. msihua
      May 20th, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

      I still can’t believe the hurricane we caused in 5 minutes with 7 hot dogs!
      msihua recently posted..Frank Camorra’s Chef Series Wines at MoVida Bar de Tapas y Vino @ Hosier Lane, Melbourne CBD

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      Agnes Reply:

      We went crazy. It was scary!

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    4. Winston
      May 20th, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

      OMG! You guys are so lucky to be able to sample so much of their food that night! I think I’d go ballistic if I were there too. Everything sounds great and whoaaa at those fries…. mmmMMMmmm… Gotta try!
      Winston recently posted..6-Course Dinner at PM24, CBD

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      Agnes Reply:

      The fries are amazing – you MUST get fries if you go. :)

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    5. Thanh
      May 20th, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

      That was an absolute frenzy. It was like sharks circling the defenceless fish. I’d eat the hot dogs again though haha.
      Thanh recently posted..Treehouse Lounge – Playground of Delicious Tapas and Cocktails

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      Agnes Reply:

      Heh heh heh. I’d do it again too. Though I felt a bit sick afterwards.

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    6. Yasmeen @ Wandering Spice
      May 20th, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

      OH man, seriously, this stuff is my guilty pleasure. Those fries look sensational!!!!
      Yasmeen @ Wandering Spice recently posted..All-Purpose Spicy Yogurt Marinade for Meat

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      Agnes Reply:

      They’re my guilty pleasure too. I love hot dogs and I love fries. :D

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    7. Iron Chef Shellie
      May 21st, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

      I’ve been wanting to try Snag Stand since I was told to try it in Sydney last year, must get downt there. I wasn’t really wowed by these ones!
      Iron Chef Shellie recently posted..Really Good Gingerbread

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      Agnes Reply:

      Get thee to SS. :D

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    8. Sarah
      May 23rd, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

      Wow, the cheesy fries look fantastic! WANT!
      Sarah recently posted..Yogurt Party

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      Agnes Reply:

      The cheesy fries are a must order. :)

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    9. chompandslurp
      May 30th, 2012 @ 10:49 am

      Your pictures are making me drool. I’m going to go there next week. Thankyou for recommending it :)
      chompandslurp recently posted..The Gem, HAPPY HOUR

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      Agnes Reply:

      Hope you enjoyed – and ate cheesey fries! :)

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