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Speaking frankly about Frank

I don't have too much good to say about a hot dog bar that makes lousy hot dogs. But that is my impression of Frank at 4th and Colorado. The waitress was nice, incompetent, but very nice. There wasn't much of crowd when my buddy and I sampled their wares, maybe six people up front with us in the bar area, and a couple of tables in the middle section. It got a little busier, but still no excuse for lame service. My Schlitz tall boy was ice cold and a classic example of American brewing at its finest. After that it was all down hill. I had a Sonoran dog. It looked pretty awesome on Man v. Food, and looked pretty close to that in person. It was tasteless. The bun was unappealing, but the real question is how in the world can a dog wrapped in bacon and deep fried, then covered with jalapenos, onions, tomatoes, condiments, and pinto beans be virtually tasteless? I can't figure it out. We tried their gravy and curd covered waffle fries which were also tasteless. Not enough curds and not enough gravy to write home about. Pretty lame offering. We also had the fried pickles....pretty good, but really not much taste there either. I could taste the fried part but there wasn't much of a pickle taste to them. I hate to be such a grouch, but the two of us had two drinks each, two crummy dogs and two small apetizers and ended up paying over $60 with tip. I couldn't figure that out either.

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  1. Two drinks apiece at $7 plus a tall boy accounts for over half of the total. That's $31 + about $6= $37. That's where they make their money.

    Recently, I've noticed that my tastebuds can go "off." Not sure why - age, excessive consumption, or something. It's like everything is tasteless. It's horrible. Could it have been just an off day for your buds? Not trying to jack with you, I'm totally serious!

    1. I have the same opinion of Frank..

      1. I go there for the brunch and atmosphere. The service is still better than it was at Starlite.

        1. We like Frank; I think you ordered all wrong. Frank's hot dogs aren't very good--their sausages are where their greatness lies. Especially their daily sausage specials--you only ordered one kind of "entree" and are writing the whole restaurant off? My favorite special has been the fried catfish with bacon. Again this is a sausage with fried catfish. It was so different and delightful.

          I have not had the poutine because it has always sounded gross. I haven't heard any Canadians weighing in on it, but I assume they wouldn't like Frank's version either. Their waffle fries plain are pretty good and their 25-cent dipping sauces add some cheap, flexible, tasty options.

          We consider Frank a rare restaurant downtown where we can eat (unhealthy) for $20-25 for two people.

          Here are Frank's daily specials (which admittedly are focused on hot dogs this week). The green chile chicken sounds intriguing.

          http://hotdogscoldbeer.com/austin/spe...

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          1. re: Carter B.

            Carter - this sums is up nicely for me:

            "We consider Frank a rare restaurant downtown where we can eat (unhealthy) for $20-25 for two people."

            It's a good place to kick off an evening downtown w/o spending a fortune!

            1. re: rudeboy

              I think the hot dogs carts downtown are a better value and a much better dog.

              1. re: WSZsr

                Yeah - one of the best dogs I've ever had in my life was from a cart in the alley right across the street from Frank (back when Alamo Drafthouse was still operating).

          2. I go to Frank for the coffee...

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            1. re: SlickTheCat

              Yeah, I've never seen anyone more excited about coffee than their head barista guy. It's really fun to talk to him about it.

              And as for everybody else's critiques of Frank, I guess I fall somewhere in the middle. I've had some dogs there that were great, and a couple that were less exciting, but still pretty good. I had the veggie chili cheese fries once, which were really not my cup of tea, but that was just because my gf at the time was vegetarian. Never again! (both to ordering veggie chili cheese fries and dating a vegetarian)

              It can also get a little pricey, but jeez, consider their location.