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Frankz - Haute Dogs at Yonge and Gould. Anyone Been?

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torontoeh Jun 30, 2006 03:44 PM

Is it worth a visit? Is it a glorified hot dog cart? Please help us pick today's lunch.

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    meowmix Jun 30, 2006 05:26 PM

    Yes, I went there for lunch 2 weeks ago. I think they've been open 1 or 2 months yet they can't seem to coordinate the operation from the cash to the cooks. I ordered a steamed hotdog and there was no "motion economy". The guy had to criss-cross through the other cooks to get the bun. Totally inefficient and slow. Then he loaded on way too many hot peppers. I mean it was totally covered. The hotdog was no hell either and not very hot considering I ate it immediately. You'd think they could get 'dogs with some crunch to the skin but these are just the usual bland, boring dogs you get in Toronto. Completely unimpressive.

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      Brennius Jul 3, 2006 07:14 PM

      I tried it a week ago, and unfortunately it's not as good as a glorified hot dog cart. I was hoping for a crunchy, flavourful dog, something with character, so the first choice I made was a hot dog cooked on the flattop (there's a choice of how you'd like it cooked). No luck; it was an excessively salted wiener tasting more of chemicals than meat. I tried a few other menu choices, including grilled - no improvement. Also tried it as a Coney Island, with insipid chili. The staff were a little disorganized and very into themselves. Suggest giving it a miss.

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        bogie Jul 6, 2006 07:06 PM

        Disorganized, crappy buns and dogs, bland chili topping, small portion of fries for big price and concerns about proper serving temperatures all combined to wreak havoc on my normally cast-iron strength stomach.

        I can't imagine why anyone would spend this kind of money to open a hot dog resto unless they could actually improve on the vendor dog business model.

        When I went there, I was kind of hoping it would be something like Pink's in LA :(

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          mightygodking Aug 25, 2006 05:37 AM

          I actually was invited back with an email after I dissed Frank'z on my blog for a free dog, with the owner claiming to have changed the recipe.

          People aren't kidding - the previous dogs were terrible - but the owner wasn't kidding either. The new Frank'z dogs are delicious - eight-inch, extremely juicy all-shoulder-beef franks, natural casings that get really deliciously crunchy on the grill or barbecue. They've even improved the buns.

          Seriously - it's worth another try now, folks.

          1. dannyboy Sep 13, 2006 09:52 PM

            ok mightygodking i took your advice - - - delicious dogs, great flavour and bun, and happy now i can treat myself to a 'haute' dog once and a while verses having to settle with the typical vendor fare.

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              bbbradk Sep 13, 2006 10:06 PM

              saw them at the taste of toronto festival, but since everyone else had greatly discounted prices and they were pricey, I stayed away

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                embee Sep 14, 2006 02:16 AM

                Well...

                I may be spoiled, having grown up with the original Nathans and Hebrew National dogs, but I also took your advice and was disappointed. I had a BBQ dog. The skin had a nice crunch and the flvour wasn't actually BAD. Indeed, by Toronto standards, this was a very good dog. It was reasonably beefy. But there was little taste of char and little noticeable spicing or garlic. It was also very dry. They undoubtedly kept the fat level very low by popular demand, but a low fat sausage is an oxymoron. I'll try once more, grilled this time. As it stands, I might get one if I happened to be passing by, but I wouldn't make a special journey. More flavour needed Frank'z!

              2. Googs Sep 14, 2006 03:09 AM

                Makes me long for Buddha Dog in Picton. Now there's a place that should franchise.

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                  galambo Sep 14, 2006 12:03 PM

                  my understanding, as reported in the latest Toronto Life Mag. that they are opening another store. don't know where and when.

                  any one else has heard anything?

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                    dnwddawg Sep 14, 2006 03:29 PM

                    Brace yourself - rumour has it there's a second location in the works... in Toronto (possibly Roncesvalles?)

                  2. Olivia Sep 14, 2006 12:55 PM

                    Two more questions 'hounds:

                    1) Do they have "steamies" or "steamers"? You know, those Montreal-style dogs with the steamed dog and bun with coleslaw on top? (can't remember if the coleslaw is supposed to be dressed with vinaigrette or mayonnaise)

                    My father is an expat Montrealer, and bringing him one of these would just make his day :)

                    2) Does this place have a website? I can't seem to find one.

                    1. Googs Sep 14, 2006 06:52 PM

                      If they're really franchising, I'm very definitely in. These places would kick butt in any food court.

                      www.buddhafoodha.com

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                        OnDaGo Apr 30, 2007 04:56 PM

                        Well the location is shut down and a for lease sign in the window...

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