burgers, brats and tacos – vegan dude food in hobart
I headed down to Hobart last week to visit my friend for a few days. Hobart in Summer is glorious and it was a welcome respite from the latest run of Melbourne’s heat and humidity.
It wasn’t intentional, but looking back, I seem to have gone on a bit of a dude food bender while I was there. Hot dogs, burgers, Mexican and beer all featured! Not that I am complaining. It was delicious. 🙂
First stop was for a hotdog at Brat Time. I had a hard time finding it. Google maps told me I was right out the front but I couldn’t see it. Until I realised it was underground…
I settled on the Volcanic Veg hotdog. This is a vegan hotdog on a bun with beans, corn, caramelised onion, jalapeno, guacamole and hot chilli sauce. Not haute cuisine but pretty good junk food. NOTE: It has since been pointed out by some Tasmanian vegans that the guacamole is NOT vegan. I’m disappointed because I did ask.
Next up was a visit to the Cascade Brewery where I went on a brewery tour that included four beers. It wasn’t difficult to while away a couple of hours in the lovely gardens there, reading my book and drinking beer.
That evening we decided on a burger at The Burger Haus. In keeping with my not being able find eating places, this one was hidden down a lane that leads to a carpark. We walked the entire block and eventually found it. We sat at a table outside on a deck, not much of a view, but it was a beautiful balmy night, perfect for a beer and a burger.
There are a couple of vegan options on the menu and my friend and I both chose the same one (Sweet Soy Tofu) as it sounded so good. Mushroom, crispy fried tofu, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, carrot, red onion, coriander, sweet soy sauce and sweet chilli jam. It was good but it was a little dry and would have been better with some extra relish. My beer came in its own special brown paper bag, so I felt a bit like a secret drinker.
The last evening I was in Hobart we opted for a late dinner at Pancho Villa Mexican after a couple of hours singing with a local gospel choir. Both the singing and the food were excellent.
The restaurant was pretty busy, so we headed to the bar out the back and had some more beer and a few dishes to go with it. Blue corn chips with three salsas (salsa roja, a pistachio based salsa, and a corn and chipotle salsa), some spicy refried beans and some spiced tofu tacos with salsa verde, red cabbage and a corn and black olive salsa on a soft corn tortilla. All delicious.
Pancho Villa Mexican
378 Elizabeth Street,
North Hobart, Tasmania,7000
03 6234 4161
The Burger Haus
364A Elizabeth St
140 Cascade Rd,
South Hobart, Tasmania
03 6224 1117
Underground 53 Elizabeth Street,