Yuye and I faced yet another day of undecidedness this week. Specifically, we weren’t sure where we could go for lunch before I started my first styling class at RMIT. As we were heading into inner city, the choices exponentially increased. Then we remembered. Wasn’t there a place we wanted to dine at last time in Prahran and they weren’t open? Yes, we finally found ourselves at the awesome Massive Wieners!
Liam Magee and Dave Brennan call themselves a ‘hot dog stand’ but it’s really a very small hot dog takeaway store off Greville St that has no tables for you to dine in. It was all fine and good though because the hot dogs disappeared so fast we just sat on the bench inside and chowed them down while chatting to the store owner Liam. He is a very friendly, young and aspiring restaurant owner who has big dreams for his currently small hot dog shop. There was talks of a ‘secret menu’ and new store openings and even the possibility of franchising. One thing was for sure though, his passion for those massive wieners was truly commendable.
I loved the way he was dressed, he was definitely a quaint and vintage addition to the rest of the decor (or lack thereof..). Liam said he didn’t like his hair as it hasn’t been cut for a while but I thought otherwise. I especially loved the vintage cash register! It was AWESOME. Must check it out if you’re there.
I’m always conscious of a menu with only 4-5 variations (same went with Huxtaburger), but it’s often a good thing because then the chef can concentrate on fewer dishes and make them well. Although Massive Wieners didn’t have many varieties, the hotdogs were fantastic both in taste and cost. Liam did mention that he will be adding more things to the menu every week from now for a month or 2 and the first thing to be added will be hot chips! Now that’s something I most definitely would have ordered with the hotdog.
We had the choice of ordering the Classic, Kraut, Pickle, Veggie or Chilli Wieners. From the menu it was an obvious choice of the Chilli but Yuye beat me to it. At $8 for a massive wiener at just short of 12″, it was a pure bargain. It was probably the messiest of messiest hot dogs to eat though. The chilli bean topping was so tasty I was tempted to get another one for myself. Liam asked if we wanted jalapeños and we said ‘not too many’. That was a mistake, we should have gone ‘YES Give me lots!’ because it wasn’t as chilli as I thought but they went so well with the hotdog.
I ordered a kraut wiener (also the 12″) for $7. We both really liked this hotdog as well, but my pick would have to be the chilli. The sauerkraut was refreshing and tasty on top of the pork sausage and soft bun but I would have loved a bit more punch, like maybe an extra topping of jalapeños. It costs an extra $1 for jalapeños for 12″, 50c for the other sizes. I totally should have.
We also ordered a drink to go with our super fast meal which was this organic cream soda from Phoenix in New Zealand. I had their organic cola before and that was very interesting. I like the cream soda though, it’s not as sweet as the canned varieties and I can taste the organic, almost healthiness of it.
If you’re very adventurous, you can try their Massive Wiener challenge. If you can eat this HUGE wiener (I can’t remember exactly how big it was, like maybe 24″?) in less than 5 minutes, you get to eat it for free and have your picture on the Wall of Fame! You and your mates will also get a massive discount off the hotdogs every time you visit the store from then on.
If by any chance, you can’t finish it, the wiener will just cost you $15. But you will end up on the Wall of Shame, or even worse the Did Not Finish super sad wall. Are you up for a challenge?
Although the sausage isn’t as gourmet as say Snag Stand or Dognation, the prices are cheaper and hot dogs bigger. They also came with fantastic toppings which made them even more delicious. I’m really looking forward to the new menu additions and what the future holds for this young hotdog shop.
On a side note, I was going to talk about the styling class I mentioned at the start of the post. I recently started this Styling for Photography short course at RMIT which I was very excited about because it incorporates food, interior and fashion styling in light of being in a photo shoot. I thought it would be very useful for my blog but frankly I was a bit disappointed with the first class. The teacher is fantastic at what she does mind you, but she’s primarily a fashion stylist with not much food experience at all. I’m actually thinking about quitting the course early as I thought I could do a bit more with my time. :/ Anyway, see how things go.
Question time: Have you ever taken or considered taking a food styling/photography course? Are there any you would really recommend? These types of courses are just so rare in Australia it’s frustrating!
Phone: 0402 751 207
113 Greville St, Prahran VIC 3181