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Chumley’s Depot

Thursday 12 July, 2018
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Chumley's Depot- Downtown Melbourne- 3 Stars

The law is not a "light" for you or any man to see by; the law is not an instrument of any kind. The law is a causeway upon which so long as he keeps to it a citizen may walk safely.---Bolt

Located in an unassuming strip mall in downtown Melbourne sits Chumley's Depot. As I walked inside I was greeted with a waft of stale cigarette smoke and couldn't help but think of the movie, "Back to the Future." "Where are we, Doc?" "Not where, Marty. When."
Did walking through the doors transport me back to 1975, or was I imagining the odor? As I took a seat at the counter to order my meal, I noticed that the opposite wall was a counter with outside stool seating. The customers sitting there were smoking while eating and the smoke was being blown inside the restaurant. "Ah, so that is how they are skirting the law," I thought as the server approached me and asked for my order. I went with a pint of Smithwick Ale, chicken wings with Marcus Sauce and finished with the Mariners dog (I didn't ask for a side of air freshener). The ale was cool, crisp and perfectly drawn from the tap, the rest of the meal however...My order of 5 wings in their "internationally famous" Marcus sauce was the first to arrive. They certainly did not lie on the menu when they said, "...you gotta like it hot." These were on fire, though I do have to question just how internationally famous they are. Is there a couple in Thailand going, "Hey! Remember those wings at Chumley's with the Marcus sauce?" Served with the traditional celery stalk and side of blue cheese they were adequate. The Mariner's dog, however, left much to be desired. It comes with sauerkraut and cream cheese. The hotdog itself appeared to be microwaved and one bite made me sure it had been. It was a bit on the chewy side. The bun looked like it was bought at the 99 cent store and tasted about the same. It was bland and leaning towards the stale side. The kraut was fine, obviously out of a can, but not bad, though they were a bit skimpy on the kraut and cream cheese for my tastes. Big Boy says, "Stop by in a pinch, but you can get a better dog elsewhere."