After Happy Fatz in Huston, TX, my hot dog research took me up to Austin, TX to see fellow WY&PF blogger Sherree where we explored the food and the wonderful things that make Austin weird.
Our first stop was Frank (hot dogs, cold beer) a restaurant claiming to be a purveyor of artisan sausage. Frank is located on Colorado Street between 4th and 5th streets in Austin, TX (zip 78701), it has a huge parking lot with a monthly rotating mural supporting local and up and coming artists.
Help yourself get more familiarized with Franks, check out their website http://hotdogscoldbeer.com/austin/eats/
There were four of us dining that afternoon, we were able to sit as soon as we walked in and asked for a table and were able to place our drink orders quickly. Sherree and I sampled the freshly made lemonade and puckered up immediately, word or advice it’s t-a-r-t. It took us awhile to decide on what dog we would all order but we settled on the following,
Carolina Pork It – Vienna Beef stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon then deep-fried (why not amiright?) with a layer of grilled horseradish coleslaw and pimento cheese.
Southern Boy – The base of this dog is a blackened, split Vienna Beef Hot Polish link with caramelized onions, crispy pork belly, pepper jack cheese and Frank’s Dr. Doppelgänger BBQ sauce.
Jackalope – Smoked antelope, rabbit and pork sausage topped with cranberry compote, sriracha aioli and cheddar cheese.
And The Notorious P.I.G – Smoked pork, bacon, jalapeno and sage sausage dressed with mac n’cheese and Dr. Doppelgänger BBQ sauce.
Everyone loved his or her weenies. The Carolina Pork It was a tasty meaty choice, the Southern Boy was pretty freaking spicy so know that before you go face deep in that bad boy but the spices were flavorful even though they were hot. The Notorious P.I.G. was another hit, the mac n’ cheese wasn’t particularly delicious, fortunately for Sherree she ordered it on the side and not on top of her dog. As a whole we felt that the sides at Frank were lacking. The waffle frys and the additional dips available for order were amazing. My personal favorite was the Chili Mayo. I ate the Jackalope, this dog has changed my wiener life, let me tell you why.
While eating the Jackalope I realized that any recipe used for pork, beef or turkey could be done for a hot dog! I am a huge cranberry fan and I dream of big fat turkey and cranberry sandwiches every time there is a boxed lunch option at the Business school or work. Finding that I can marry some of my favorite toppings on what I had previously thought was a run of the mill hot dog is a total game changer.
If I lived in Austin I would make regular visits to Frank to eat my way through their menu. I highly recommend this restaurant for any locals, those in the surrounding Austin area or anyone passing through, make a point to stop by this place.
Not food related I also recommend you take the time to either walk down South Congress to the 1300 block to see the famous “I love you very much” graffiti and other surrounding gems. If you’re in town around dusk 1.5 million bats fly out from under the South Congress bridge to do their nighttime thing, apparently the site is one to be held and one of the many things that help to keep Austin Weird.