Massive Wieners, Prahran

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. šŸ˜‰ 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 jalapeƱos 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 jalapeƱos. It costs an extra $1 for jalapeƱos 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!

Massive Wieners
Phone: 0402 751 207
113 Greville St, Prahran VIC 3181

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12 comments… add one
  • Libby July 28, 2012, 4:58 pm

    Oh man, I’m so taking my bf to this place the next time he’s in Melbourne!

    I’m pretty sure he’ll be up for the Massive Wiener challenge too, though part of me wants him to stop eating crap and this will just thwart his plan to lead a healthier life!

  • Hannah July 28, 2012, 6:06 pm

    Kraut! Oh gosh, I love pickles. The Kraut dog sounds amazing.

  • love2dine July 28, 2012, 7:24 pm

    Everything here looks amazing! If we lived anywhere closer to you than we do, weā€™d be begging you to take me.

  • yummychunklet July 29, 2012, 2:13 am

    What tasty looking dogs!

  • Carolyn Jung July 29, 2012, 1:18 pm

    These are some impressive looking dogs. I like how you paired them with a gourmet cream soda, too. It’s like childhood — but all grown up.

  • Ming @ sweetandsourfork July 29, 2012, 1:27 pm

    I think no matter how much of a foodie I become, I can never say no to a hot dog made with mystery meat (??) slathered in tomato sauce, and these look absolutely delicious in both the best and worst way possible! I might try and convince my two-dinners friend to take on the weiner king :p

  • kitchenriffs July 30, 2012, 3:30 am

    Sounds like a great place! I love mustard and sauerkraut on my hot dogs – it’s my favorite combo. I never considered adding jalapeƱos, but it’s a terrific idea. I bet it would taste wonderful. I’ve never taken a food styling course, but I’ve love to. A couple of books that I’ve read and like are Food Styling for Photographers by Linda Bellingham, and Food Styling by Delores Custer. The second one is more comprehensive, but both are useful. I’ve heard there are internet courses out there, although I don’t know of any (but I haven’t looked that hard – I’m pretty happy with the 2 books I mentioned).

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet July 30, 2012, 3:59 pm

    WHAT Jenny you still want food styling and photography classes? You are doing a fine job already! I wish i was half as talented as you are! My recipe photos really need some work sigh :( Great place YAY another new place for hot dogs perfect!

  • tastyfoodsnaps July 30, 2012, 6:09 pm

    The chilli hotdog looks insanely delicious! *drools* :)

  • choux choux August 11, 2012, 12:09 pm

    Ah call me immature but Massive Wieners is an awesome name haha. Styling course sounds really interesting. Didn’t even know there was such a course on offer at RMIT. I should check out what other courses they have. Are you still taking the course?

    • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake August 11, 2012, 5:43 pm

      No I actually quit the course already and got a half refund. :( It just wasn’t food specific at all and more about fashion so didn’t think it was useful for me. Too bad. :( There’s actually not many food related courses in Melbourne at all! I’m so sad….

      But yes, I love the name of the place too šŸ˜› hehehe we’re all very mature of course.


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