This little piece of Americana is perched right next door to where's the beef? favourite, Lord of the Fries. Most obviously, Walker's sells doughnuts, and you can read reviews of them at Tummy Rumbles and Mmm... doughnuts. And while I'm not a soda connoisseur myself, some of you might also be interested to know that Walker's drinks fridge includes cans of Dr Pepper, and well as cherry and vanilla-injected Coke and Pepsi products.
But, as you can see from the picture, we were there for the hot dogs, because Walker's will substitute a vegan frank into any of their ketchup'n'mustard-laden menu items at your request. (However I doubt there are many folks out there ordering a Double Bacon Big Boy in the tofu model.) You're looking at Michael's New York Onion Relish ($4.95), topped with spicy onion relish, cheese and mustard. My Veg-o-rama Deluxe ($4.75) just had ketchup and mustard. We thought the toppings and buns were fine and they generously put two standard tofu franks into each serve. But the franks themselves were bad news; greyish, plastic-y and lukewarm. (I reckon the Sanitarium ones I've prepared at home are better.) It mattered little to Michael, with his bountiful toppings, but I was disappointed.
Props to Walker's for being so vege-friendly - shame about the execution though. Back to the burger for me!
Address: Shop 9/2 Elizabeth St, Melbourne CBD
Ph: 9662 2254
Price: veg hot dogs $4.75-5.10