I live right next to one of the least trendy suburbs in Melbourne. Don't get me wrong, it's not a hellhole, far from it, it's just full of families and grandparents, furniture stores, factories and primary schools.
At the weekend, you find yourself scrambling over prams, toddlers and blonde dogs to get to the three decent coffee joints. If you want dinner, the story is same but the location changes to the only two (Chinese) restaurants open after 6pm.
The one really cool place around is a brewery with great beer but limited food choices called 2 Brothers. It's pretty popular and usually packed on account of it being open just two nights a week.
So you can imagine the delight a childless couple in this neighbourhood would have in discovering Fat Bob's Bar and Grill. The place looked promising from the sign outside (I've had many memorable evenings in similar looking American bars during my road trips) and, to paraphrase Judas Priest, it delivered the goods.
The owner, Fat Bob, owns the sign writing business out the front and decided to convert the back shed into a beer and burger joint. The place is decorated with Bob's impressive collection of vintage signs and looks fantastic.
I'm not a big beer drinker but am assured the selection on offer is pretty good. I am a fan of a good burger though and can testify to the tasty, juicy and delicious burgers on the menu. It's not a big list but has enough choice to satisfy return visits.
Anyway, I don't think I've ever written a restaurant or diner review but this one compelled me to start because it's local, it's cool and I want it to stay a long time.
Fat Bob's Bar and Grill, 80a Cochranes Road, Moorabbin