Franks ‘N’ Dawgs & Chicago Blasphemy

Franks ‘N’ Dawgs do not serve Chicago style hot dogs but craft artisan sausages aka gourmet aka fancy hot dogs.  It was featured on the Travel Channel, Food Network, and Cooking Network.  You know… The typical garbage that makes people think they’re food specialist after one show.

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It’s located in Wicker Park and you enter through a walk way.  Franks ‘N’ Dawgs have a laundry list of specialty sausages and serve a few things with truffle.   I arrived right when it opened.  I rush to get inside to avoid the Chicago wind cause it was colder than a penguin’s ass in Antarctica.  It was only meant to be a snack but a “snack” has a different definition when it comes to me overeating.

Franks ‘N’ Dawgs
“It’s Brittany, bitch”

It’s a little small shop and has a very divey and hipster feel to it.  The two chill workers had a lot of recommendations and pretty cool even though they looked like hipsters.  Totally judging here.   Now, the food.  I had the following items:

  1. Triple Truffle Fries – The Yukon Gold waffle cut fries includes freshly chopped herbs, truffle salt, truffle oil and truffle butter.  To be clear, it’s not the Nicki Minaj type of truffle butter.  It’s golden waffle fries with a crunchy outside and a soft inside.  I still prefer my truffles shaved versus being drowned out with other ingredients.  I know.  It was such a douchie comment.
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    Truffle Fries
  2. The Southerner – It’s Slagel Farms pork loin, caramelized onions sausage, corn bread, cherry bourbon BBQ sauce and scallions.  This was definitely flavorful and the sausage had the juicy bite to it like a typical broiled Chicago Hot Dog.  This was an overall sweet hot dog in taste with the caramelized onions, corn bread and cherry bourbon sauce versus the usual tangy and sour taste of a Chicago hot dog.  It’s like dating a damage person then going to a really sweet person.
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    The Southerner
  3. The Brunch Dog – It’s Slagel farms pork loin breakfast sausage with Cobb smoked bacon, fried egg & drizzled with maple mayo.  The smokey bacon wasn’t overly smokey and it wasn’t overpowering the other ingredients.  However, I really like the sunny side up egg and the maple mayo was a nice touch.  I always have mayo in my hot dogs cause that’s what Southern Californians use as a condiment.  I don’t care what Obama or any other Chicagoan says.  Ketchup is a must on a hot dog.
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    The Brunch Dog

Overall, Franks N Dawgs provides a great alternative to Chicago Hot Dogs.  I’m sure Chicagoans were ready to hang Franks N Dawgs for breaking away from the traditional Chicago dogs.  People were probably scratching their heads like how the Hip Hop community did with Meek Mill’s Drake diss track “Wanna Know” but at least Franks N Dawgs food was a fairly good attempt.

UPDATE: FRANKS N’ DAWGS IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED.

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Franks ‘N’ Dawgs
The decor
  • 7/10
    Service - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Presentation - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Flavors - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Decor - 6/10
  • 6/10
    Ambiance - 6/10
6.6/10

Summary

Franks ‘N’ Dawgs do not serve Chicago style hot dogs but craft artisan sausages aka gourmet aka fancy hot dogs. Chicagoans were probably scratching their heads about Franks N Dawgs like how the Hip Hop community did with Meek Mill’s Drake diss track “Wanna Know” but at least Franks N Dawgs food was a fairly good attempt.

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