Like many good things, Snag Stand certainly wasn’t built in a day. In fact, from the time Phillip Blanco first pitched the concept of a gourmet ‘haute dog’ stand to the powers-that-be at the brand-spanking-new Westfield Sydney, it was nine months before they were convinced it would win over the food-on-the-go CBD crowd. Thank goodness for his persistence.
American-born Blanco got the idea for Snag Stand from witnessing what he describes as Australia’s ‘emotional connection to the snag’. But it turns out Aussies aren’t the only ones with a snag obsession – a brief glance at the menu and you can’t help thinking world peace could be achieved over a good backyard sausage sizzle.
There’s the tangy Italian pork and fennel sausage on a soft brioche roll, topped with onions, parmesan, a colourful jumble of roasted capsicum and a balsamic glaze. Or there’s the all-American chilidog – a frankfurter on brioche topped with chilli beef, onions, roasted capsicum and cheese. Then there’s the subtly flavoured German weisswurst, with sauerkraut and Bavarian mustard on a poppyseed roll.
The menu might be exotic, but the sausages are very much home grown, selected via a blind taste-testing from specialist butchers throughout Sydney, like Rodriguez Brothers in Yagoona, who supply the Spanish chorizo, and Brot & Wurst in North Narrabeen, with their popular spicy-cheese kransky.
Situated in the bustling Westfield Level Five food court, Snag Stand is strictly an eat-and-run affair – place your order, grab your dog, then jostle with the suited hoards for a table. But, like many other good things, it’s well worth the effort.
There’s now a Snag Stand outside Melbourne Central on Swanston Street as well, so Melburnians can enjoy the snag magic.
Level 5, Shop 5012A Westfield Sydney, 188 Pitt St, Sydney
(02) 9221 9600
Open Mon–Wed 9.30am–6.30pm, Thurs 9.30am–9pm, Fri–Sat 9.30am–8pm, Sun 9.30am–6pm
Cnr La Trobe & Swanston Sts, Melbourne
(03) 9639 6544
Open Mon–Thurs 10am–10pm, Fri–Sat 10am–12am, Sun 11am–9pm