Didn’t see this posted anywhere yet…..
Dogs of war – Frankly, My Dear sells 2 Lincolns for a Lincoln ($5 bill)
BY PETE GENOVESE, STAR-LEDGER STAFF
October 21, 2005
Frankly, My Dear 150 Main St., Flemington; (908) 788-7035. Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
The staff is clad in Civil War garb, a CD titled "The Sounds of Vicksburg" plays in the background, photos of Union and Confederate troops decorate the walls, and the menu features such items as the Lincoln, Lee, Grant, Beauregard and McClellan
Not to mention pasta fagioli.
"When people think hot dog joint, they think roadside stand," said Steve Roll, co-owner, with his wife, Ruth, of Frankly, My Dear, open since last December. "We hoped to be a little unique."
Two people named Roll running a hot dog joint? That’s unique. So are the hardwood floors, cozy dining room and the latest news about Civil War re-enactments. And don’t forget the clever, channeling-Clark Gable name.
"They say the pun is the lowest source of humor," Roll said. "That’s the kind of sense of humor I have."
The two Civil War buffs met at a Moravian College incoming-student get-together many years ago. They would go on to separate marriages – and divorces. About seven years ago, Steve answered a newspaper personals ad for someone who sounded a lot like Ruth. It was. They dated, and married. He is a former AT&T analyst; she is a psychotherapist.
"When she’s not here, she’s seeing patients," Roll said.
How are the hot dogs? Let’s first talk about the rolls the Rolls use. Most hot dog stands use standard hot dog buns; the couple use potato rolls, which provide a tasty, pillowy bed for their Thumann’s all-beef hot dogs.
All the dogs passed muster – the Lincoln (plain dog, $2.25, free toppings include mustard, relish, ketchup, raw onions); the Lee (dog with homemade chili, $3); the Valverde (with a wish-there-was-more-of-it bean-and-corn-studded homemade salsa, $2.50); and the Buffalo Dog ($2.75). The meat in the latter is from Hunterdon County’s own Readington River Buffalo Co. Tastes like, no, not chicken, but a meatier, more muscular beef dog.
There’s a daily soup ($3.95 small, $4.95 large). The Hungarian mushroom was a standard-issue cream of mushroom, but the pasta fagioli was a thick, beany brew – not the cheesy, salty pasta fagioli at Italian restaurants near and far.
One surprise: the Hunley (named after the famed Confederate submarine), a crabcake sandwich with sweet, crisp coleslaw (the coleslaw, on another visit, was middling). The Beauregard ($4.95) is a tasty, tangy although a bit dried-out pulled pork BBQ sandwich. The Spinola is a good news/bad news proposition – fine, slightly sweet sausage and a bland, doughy roll. And, at $5.95, overpriced.
Other items include the Monitor (grilled cheese sandwich, $1.95); the Goober (peanut butter and jelly sandwich, $1.50); the McClellan (vegetarian hot dog, $2.75); and the NY Draft Riots (a Reuben hot dog, $2.75).
Frankly, My Dear has a ways to go before entering Jersey Hot Dog Hall of Fame territory, if there were such a thing. But the Civil War-themed hot dog joint is a one-of-a-kind eating experience in colorful little Flemington.