There is something so lovable about the new grab-n-go stand on the corner of Anaheim and Obispo, Frank N Fries. Maybe it’s the wacky waving inflatable tube man, or the affordable prices, or the fact that you can get a hot dog flight. It’s probably all of the above.
I didn’t know what to expect from this tiny spot with little more than two windows—one for orders and one for pickups—surrounded by a railing where you can stand and eat your food if you so desire. But when I saw the word “flight” used to reference a hot dog sampler, I did what any logical person would do and tried every hot dog on the menu.
The flight comes your choice of four dogs that have been cut into halves, so you essentially get two full hot dogs. The Long Beach dog immediately caught my eye for obvious reasons, but it was just OK. It’s bacon wrapped and comes with avocado, which is served more like guacamole, and cheddar cheese.
The New York dog ended up being one of my favorites, with spicy brown mustard and sauerkraut making is super tangy with great texture. Among the other top dogs is the Vietnamese dog, a play on banh mi with sliced cucumber, jalapeno slices, shredded carrots and cilantro. It could use more of the spicy mayo that was also on it, but overall the fresh produce balanced nicely with the Vienna.
One of the burning questions in my mind: Is this an authentic Chicago dog? And the answer is, “sorta.” It does use the signature Vienna beef with all the traditional fixings, including spicy sport peppers and—bonus points—neon green relish. I’m talking shockingly neon, like “Is this safe to eat?” neon. And that’s precisely how they do it in Chicago. I think the one issue I had with the Chicago dog at Frank N Fries is that the frank wasn’t cooked to that snappy consistency. Also, I was standing outside in the blazing sun, rather than in the crisp, fall Windy City air that I know and love. But I won’t fault Frank N Fries for that.
Frank N Fries also offers full hot dogs, of course, and the option to upgrade your dog to a Polish (an extra $1) or make it a veggie (also an extra $1). The stand’s sliders are another tasty snack, and just $1 on Wednesdays.
The staff is also super friendly and, while I think they were working out some new business kinks earlier on (like long wait times for food), they seem to have figured it out. If you get the chili cheese fries to go, the staff will even put the chili in a little cup so your fries don’t get soggy—and you can debate whether you want to actually use it on your fries or just drink it like a weird milkshake.
The stand is open until 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, closed on Sunday. I recommend it for a quick lunch if you’re in Zaferia, or as a nighttime bite before heading to Alex’s or Joe Jost’s.