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Anybody know of a place that is a hot dog shack...think Dari-ette, but with hot dogs/fries/shakes. I grew up in Western New York and we had tons of places like this: Berrafato's Char Pit, Longo's, Old Man Rivers, Mississippi Mudd's, Ted's, Louie's...after a decade in DC, I hoped I'd find something like this in Minnesota when we moved. I have been to Chris and Robb's...I am definitely not in love with the Vienna dog, since I was raised on garlicky, all-beef, skin on dogs (Sahlen's are my faves)....any ideas? Thanks!

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  1. How about Conny's Creamy Cone?

    ~TDQ

    1. Uncle Franky's - I've driven by this place a hundred times, but haven't stopped in yet. They have three locations, so maybe there is one close to you! Let us know if you try it out.

      http://unclefrankys.com/

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      Uncle Franky's
      728 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

      1. It seems that Chicago and NY have hot dog love that none can match, so no matter what, you'll have to settle. You're sure to run into a lot of Vienna dogs.

        Uncle Franky's is fun and they have a nice variety of pilings.
        The Wienery is funky and divey with a ton of specialty dogs, and you can get them Mexican-style (wrapped in bacon).
        Bulldog Uptown (important, not NE or Lowertown as much) has a pretty long dog menu. Again divey, not so much a shack.

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        Wienery
        414 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

        Bulldog Restaurant
        2549 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405

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        1. re: sporkgirl

          Jfood had a chili dog at Bulldog NE a couple of weeks ago. Here are his thoughts on that dog.

          He first attacked the chili. A few bites and he thought the chile was excellent. It was made with brisket, jalapeƱos and tomatoes, no beans and had just the right amount of spice and tang. The next bite brought in the hot dog. It was a typical Midwest dog, not too salty, not too spicy. The roll was the third feature. And it was one of the best hot dog rolls Jfood had tasted. Altogether it was a great dog. The only downside was the dog was a little on the cool side versus being nice and steamy.

        2. While sporkgirl makes a good point, you can consider this another vote for Uncle Franky's-at least, the the Broadway location, the only one that I've visited. The Wienery was wonderful in my grad school days, but I'm pretty sure a Roosevelt was president then, so things may have changed...

          1. The best Chicago food in MSP , including Vienna dogs, is a place off of Hiawatha the used to be called Joey D's, I think it is call Chris and ?....Any way take Hiawatha north from Eagan, take a left over the light rail when you see a McDonlads approaching on the right....Safest palce to eat too, I never see less than 2 law enforcement officers eating in their - and they no food

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            1. re: irishluck

              "I have been to Chris and Robb's...I am definitely not in love with the Vienna dog" - OP

            2. OK everyone chill a little before reading this. Disclaimer, jfood worked a 15 hour day on a project after a few 13 hour days (he was tired). The only thing open was 5-Guys on France. In was 930 (they close at 10).

              He ordered a burger, dog and fries and went back to the hotel a few miles away.

              The fries were excellent, fresh cut and cooked really nicely. The dog was split down the middle and grilled. Jfood foggy memory was that it, too, was very good.

              Yes it is a chain, but until you try it please keep an open mind.

              1. I know you're looking for hot dogs, but Chris and Rob's has the best Cheezy Beef sammich I've ever had w/ melted mozzarella, hot and spicy giardiniera and a bun soggy w/ au jus. It's an italian beef, but cheezy....mmmmmmmmmm.