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May 23, 2007 06:07 PM

Wakefield near Boston, Freds Franks

I went yesterday. This gal took quite a beating going all over the world, or so it seemed, via train, bus, people's cars I didn't even know, and walking, just to have this supposed "must have" hot dog cooked on the Green Egg by Fred himself. Anyone ever try one of these? I learned of them through watching the Phantom Gourmet Saturday while sitting at home no where near Massachusettes. I had to have one and made it my mission.

Like to know anyone else's opinions [on this forum] if you've experienced this phenom.

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    1. So you *did* have one? How did you like it? You say "supposed" must have which makes it sound like you weren't thrilled. Between Phantom and the Globe article, I bet it'll be crowded for a while. One of these days for me but it'll be a couple more weeks.

      1. I have never bben, but it has been on my radar for a while. The last time I was at the Registry in REading, I asked on of the Registry cops about it. He said the dogs were great. I do like Pearl hot dogs- though they are HUGE., Glad it is opened on Saturdays now, as it is difficult for me to get there during the week.

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        1. re: macca

          I work in Reading and frequent Fred's. I have been twice this week and it seems that the crowd has significantly grown. Fred gets Pearl hot dogs in two sizes, and the regular size is not too huge.

          1. re: bdog

            That's good to know. I have only gotten them at the supermarket, and they are really big. Will have to see if any of my local supermarkets carry the smaller size.Like another said- I think I will wait a few weeks before stopping by on a Saturday.

        2. Starting out in Boston, I hit several snags along the way and on the way back there too. Some of that my fault, other stuff, not. So I wasn't in the worlds best mental state when I finally got there 17 minutes before he closed. He was pleasant, no complaints at all there. I got talked into an extra large by a customer who said, "You've come all this way, at least get the big one?" < which I didn't find to be huge. I was a little disappointed as the bun was not warmed, maybe a dumb thing to be disappointed in but I like my buns warmed/warm/steamed or grilled. No one else seemed to mind and he had about 5 others ordering too when I was there. I will say, having never had a Pearls dog, they are good and they do snap when you bite into them. Maybe the natural casing, don't know. I'll say this...for just short of 5 bucks, next time, I'll pass. Good mission and mission accomplished, just one I won't take again.

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          1. re: iL Divo

            I ventured to Frank's last week due to recommendations here and I really enjoyed it. It was on a sweltering day and while it is a convenient lunch stop for me, I can see where the experience could have been taken down a few notches had I to deal with the whole "planes trains and automobiles" conundrum. After all, not to take anything away from Frank's, it's nothing I couldn't replicate on my own grill.

            That being said, it was kinda fun. I got a regular Peal dog, a 1/3 linguica and a nice cool IBT Root Beer for $5.00 and change. I will go back cuz there is a bit of fun factor for lunch.

            It's tough for me to make the Speed's/ Franks "apples to apples" comparison as I begged my wife to get me a Speeds dog a few weeks ago ( not a convenient lunch stop for me) which sat on my kitchen counter a few hours before I was able to enjoy it.

            All in all it think Franks is what it is. Good quality forcemeats, grilled to order in a convivial outdoors atmosphere with a personal touch from people who take pride in what they do.

            Frank's has been around for a while and bully for him for the recent press providing him with some expanded recognition. I would think that off-peak hours would yield a more enjoyable experience.

            1. re: Food4Thought

              Off peak hours would have yielded me a better experience no doubt. But having been a foreigner to Boston and having never even heard of Wakefield, I think it's safe to say I set myself up for defeat. Next time I'm there, I think I'll go to the local supermarket by a friends house, and buy a package of large Pearl dogs and take them home where my DH and I can splender in the grass, uh, I mean happily partake in grilled dogs, our way.