Chasing a Plate were invited to dine as guests of Fancy Hank’s Roadhouse
You may have seen the behemoth of a sandwich floating around on social media named the ‘Junkyard’. It’s the one with a smoked, spicy chicken wing speared through the top, yea, that one. It’s a new Fancy Hank’s creation available exclusively out of their new trailer: Fancy Hank’s Roadhouse. And it’s good. Real good.
The Roadhouse is available for hire for festivals, parties and functions and at all other times will be making its way around Melbourne. We visited the Roadhouse at Welcome to Thornbury but it’ll be popping up at various Food Truck Parks around Melbourne including the Berwick Food Truck Carnival at the end of March. Check Fancy Hank’s social media platforms for more deets on where the trailer will be.
Back to the sandwich. Or burger. Whatever you want to call it. The menu is succinct- four sandwiches: pulled beef, chopped pork, smoked mushroom and the Junkyard and a slew of sides ranging from home fries and Texan chilli beans to boudin balls (a deep fried crumbed number made up of pork, chilli, spices and other tasty things). We eat the Junkyard, the chopped pork and add fries on the side to both. Expect soft fluffy buns that are robust enough to soak up all those meaty juices without falling to bits and a sandwich that is filling without leaving you feeling bloated.
The Junkyard, although intimidating is surprisingly easy to plough through. The buffalo wing has a pleasant lip tingling spice and once you’ve dealt with that there’s chopped pork, pulled beef, boudin, chilli, slaw, pickles, cheese and mayo between bread to contend with. Sure, there’s a lot going on, but the meat to pickle and slaw ratio is spot on and it works. The meats are tender and flavoursome, the pickles add tangy acidity and the slaw lends creaminess and crunch.
The chopped pork sandwich is a simpler beast containing meat, slaw and kewpie mayo. It’s no less tasty, just less complicated. Oh and always add the fries. Crunchy, hot, crispy, addictive. They’re amazing.
There’s no arguing in this camp we both agree Fancy Hank’s Roadhouse is one deliciously juicy addition to the Melbourne food truck scene.
Good to know:
Chopped pork sandwich $12
Junkyard Sandwich $16
Add fries to any sandwich $4.50
Fancy Hank’s Roadhouse
Available for events, parties, festivals, functions.
Check our Fancy Hank’s social media platforms for details on where the Roadhouse will be…
Photographs: Thomas Southam