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Feb 5, 2010 07:25 AM

Any updates on Frank Hot Dogs Cold Beer?

Anyone been to Frank Hot Dogs Cold Beer? It's in the warehouse district.

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  1. We've been to dinner once and to brunch once. What would you like to know?

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    1. re: bookgrrl72

      How about a review? What did you have? how was it? what did it cost? how was brunch different from the dinner menu? would you recommend it? what was good? what can they improve on? how was the service?

      1. re: amykragan

        I went for brunch last week. The brunch menu differs considerably from the dinner menu in that it focuses on fairly classic Southern brunch items. I had the shrimp and grits with redeye gravy-- six U-16 shrimp, some stone ground grits, and a liberal dose of cheddar and gravy. My friends opted for the pulled pork benedict. The benedicts cost just under ten dollars, and my plate of shrimp and grits was $12. And those prices are fairly indicative of the rest of the menu-- most plates fall between ten and fifteen dollars. The full menu: Also noteworthy, Frank serves Intelligentsia coffee; $3.25 per bottomless cup. Service was efficient and helpful; the host was actually friendly.

        The food was quite good across the board. My grits were a tad overcooked for my taste, and the shrimp could have been slightly larger, just as the pulled pork could have been a bit moister, but the dishes were still very satisfying on a late Sunday morning.

        What made the meal a winner for me was the atmosphere. I grew up going to the sedate and very serious brunch at the Mansion in Dallas with some frequency, so Frank, being pretty much the antithesis-- with its DJ spinning classic Motown and Stax choices, its young crowd, and general enthusiasm-- makes me happier than it might some. It reminds me a good bit of the Starlite brunch at the same location, but more energized.

        So there's my take on the brunch: tasty, though not jaw-droppingly so, but with enough style to make me a fan.

        1. re: bubbleboy79

          Thanks for the review, it gives us something to work from. The brunch menu isn't even listed on the website so that was helpful.

          1. re: bubbleboy79

            I went for brunch this weekend, and thought I would throw in my own extraneous comments. Bubbleboy has it favorite part of it was the atmosphere. The DJ was mostly playing 70s/80s this past Sunday, and brunch was really fun, loud, and energetic. The other highlight was the coffee, which as Homero points out, is taken very seriously. I enjoyed the brew myself, and had a fun conversation with the barista about Blue Bottle in San Francisco.

            The food was reasonable-I went with the Franktastic Four, 4 items for $12, which seems on the affordable side of your standard brunch fare (Eggs, Sausage, Pancakes and Grits). The grits were the highlight, as this ex-pat Southerner is always delighted to find grits anywhere.

            I'll be back.

          2. re: amykragan

            Service attentive and friendly. Coffee not great. Chicken and bacon-waffles delicious. Husband liked about 75% of his sausage flight (which I believe changes every weekend). You don't get tubesteaks at brunch, like you do at dinner, which is a bummer. Stay away from the poutine, as it is vile. Cocktails are nice.

            And "update" does not necessarily suggest "review," which is why I asked the OP for more information about what s/he wanted.

            1. re: bookgrrl72

              thanks for the info; for those of us who haven't tried it yet, this helps us decide if it's worth the trip.

        2. Went to brunch this past weekend. Should have tried the sausage, but had steak and eggs. Steak wasn't so good--too chewy and cooked irregularly (one half was cooked longer than the other--how does that happen? Usually it's one side or all of it cooked incorrectly; it's as if only half of the meat was on the grill. Puzzled.). Eggs were fine. Biscuit tasted microwaved, as if they baked it and then nuked it later. Soggy, but okay. Agreed, coffee not great. Reminiscent of ass, and not in a good way. Hoping it would be quieter, I sat at the bar because man, I didn't do cocaine before eating and the loud, pulsing music was not conducive to either conversation or digestion. But I'm in my late thirties, so maybe I've just outgrown that aural aesthetic. But I'll go back because I'm interested in trying their sausage as well as some of their cocktails. Service was friendly and mostly attentive.

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          1. re: platinum


            I really enjoyed your review. I'll be sure and skip the coffee and loved your description of the music. Happy Eating!

            1. re: amykragan

              2010 South Central Regional Barista Competition Results

              3rd Place: Tyler Wells of Frank, Austin

              2nd Place: Aaron Blanco of the Brown Coffee Company, San Antonio

              1st Place: Lorenzo Perkins!!! of Caffe Medici, Austin

              When Tyler of Frank was at JP's he pulled perfect espresso shots. If he's on the machine at Franks I'd be sure and have some coffee. He's right skilled in the craft.

              1. re: scrumptiouschef

                I think I remember reading something like that, but failed to remember the important part: pulled espresso shots (and foregoing the bottomless cup). Thanks for the reminder and I look forward to enjoying Tyler's talent.

          2. If anyone was thinking of trying this place, you should check out today's Groupon deal:
            (and no, i am not affiliated in any way-- i just love paying less for awesome stuff)


            i've been wanting to try this place for a bit, but hardly head downtown these days.
            so, this is great incentive for me.

            1. we just went Friday night. we did know about the Groupon deal, that helped -but when i went to print it i was informed i could not use it for that night...annoying but as we had our hearts set on going, we went anyways.

              The place is just really friendly. Also, my husband a big coffee aficionado got the cup of excellence for the day and it was really quite good. It is made by the cup to order so i can't speak for the bottomless cup. The coffee people talked with us for awhile, all very friendly and informative.
              The host was friendly. We sat in the bar area. I ordered the beer brat, my husband, the jackalope. My food cost about $4.50 i think, the other was higher. We also ordered plain waffle fries. The fries were ok, but i think chik-fila's fries are superior. Also, the bun was a bit bready and the sauerkraut fell all over the place but the mustards were awesome. We both liked my beer brat better than the fancier jackalope -the jackalope, for me, just had too much going on, though that might be a matter of preference.

              While we were eating, the manager or owner came over to ask us how everything was. It was not annoying at all talking to him, but nice. He mentioned the brunch, which i would like to try. I've also heard that it can be loud, which is too bad, but i would still go.

              The service and the friendly vibe are real plusses here, imo, making it worth checking out.

              1. Went for lunch today; they were horribly understaffed (apparently Groupon + coverage in Statesman + holiday = busier Monday lunch than usual) so the service suffered a bit. We both had dogs off the daily specials menu: husband had zwiebelwurst (beer-soaked brat with grilled kraut and some kind of mustard) and I had the greens, ham and eggs sausage. We both enjoyed our selections very much. I LOVED mine: a pork and collard greens sausage topped with a "deconstructed deviled egg," capers, and marinated red onions. I will be thinking about that dog for a while.

                We split an order of unremarkable waffle fries.

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                1. re: bookgrrl72

                  "deconstructed deviled egg" sounds DIVINE.
                  i was wondering how the greens-in-the-sausage fared, because i noticed that trend with a few of their daily specials.