Fat Bob’s Bar and Grill

Where: 80A Cochranes Road, Moorabbin
Hours:  Wed-Thur 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-10pm, Sun 12pm-12am

Phone: 9555 0909
Web: www.fatbobs.com.au
Follow: Facebook / Instagram

Please note that this business is not located in Moorabbin Junction but a short distance away in the Moorabbin Industrial Area

Fat Bob’s Bar and Grill may well be an oasis in the depths of Moorabbin’s industrial centre. Its small entrance gate is flanked by owner Bob Pankhurst’s sign shop Moorabbin Signs and a warehouse, but walk inside and you’ll be greeted by the dazzling lights of neon signs and the scents and sounds of burgers frying that will get visitors rushing to get a seat. Bob Pankhurst had been in the sign-making business for 30 years before a trip to the US in 2011 inspired him to combine his three passions – burgers, beers, and vintage signs – into a business. So with the help of Michael Hoyle, a friend with experience in hospitality, Fat Bob’s was born. Chef Victor Knox’s menu features burgers ranging from the classic to the more adventurous. One of the most popular options is the Jackie O, a classic burger consisting of a 180g beef patty, Fontina cheese, Spanish onion, mustard, ketchup and Fat Bob’s special sauce. And don’t go past the Fat Bob, this towering beast takes an Australian spin on the classic hamburger with bacon, pineapple, beetroot and fried egg. The impressive beer list is enough to tempt you stay well after your burger has been devoured. Fat Bob’s has Thunder Road Brewery beers on tap and formidable list of local and international craft brews in the fridge. For those looking for a more authentic American diner experience, there are milkshakes and soda spiders on offer, complete with whipped cream and a cherry on top. And despite the clear American influence, much of the the vintage signage decorating the walls and even roof of the diner display a fascinating look back at the old logos of classic Australian brands including Bushell’s, Four ’n’Twenty, Optus and Peters Ice Cream. There are also homages to Moorabbin’s industrial district with signs from engine oil and petrol brands. Just for kicks, there’s also Burger King sign in one corner, presumably a lighthearted jibe to the fast food giant. Already drawing crowds from outside Moorabbin since it opened, this diner is all about simple food done right. Despite the short menu, or perhaps because of it, it’s clear that a lot of thought and attention to detail has been put into getting Fat Bob’s burgers right. You won’t find a burger with a shoddy patty-to-bun ratio here. Local workers from surrounding workshops and warehouses may not like that their little secret is out, but Fat Bob’s Bar and Grill is no doubt worth the trip to Moorabbin’s industrial hub.