Wednesday, 30 April 2014
The Weekend Review: Massive Wieners, Prahran
I have to confess, on occasion I have the maturity of a 12 year old boy, which can be a little embarrassing considering I'm a 26 year old mother, wife and supposed adult. I was drawn in purely by the brightly lit sign proclaiming "Massive Wieners"on eclectic Chapel Street. I had driven past it several times, snickering to myself and wondering how many other immature people wandered these streets in their grown-up disguises.
Eventually my curiosity got the better of me and we wandered in to see what provocative menu items awaited us. Hot dogs, milkshakes and fries abound. It's not gourmet or innovative, but they've found their niche and they do it well. The hot dogs are generously topped, the buns are soft with a tender chewiness and the fries are crisp. Serving sizes are adequate and the prices are fair. Not to mention I garner quite a bit of delight in ordering a "Little Pecker".
The staff are friendly and helpful but the wait for our meal was agonisingly long. The customers are varied. I watch bouncers, families, hungover teens and everything in between delight in the simple joy of a good hot dog. The decor is sparse, peculiar and more than a little intriguing. The walls are scuffed, the floors are far from pristine, and I can't help but wonder what's going on in the hidden kitchen.
I'm dubiously devoted to Massive Wieners. I'll admit it's not for everyone. It has it's faults, but I love the lack of pretentiousness, the wicked sense of fun and it doesn't hurt that they do a mean vegetarian hot dog.