Frankinbun

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Born in Chicago, I naturally spend a lot of time thinking about hot dogs. Dozens of regional variations all are worthy of attention, from baroque Sonoran dogs in Tucson to the Coney Islands of Detroit to Newark Italian dogs and the bright red weenies of Maine. That is why the posted menu at Frankinbun induces heavenly catatonia. What to order, what to order? There are so many enticing options.

How about a hot dog billed as Frankie Goes to Chicago? Sure enough, the concept is Windy City-right: a snappy beef sausage, bright yellow mustard, sweet green piccalilli, a length of crunchy dill pickle, tomatoes, a scattering of sport peppers, and a sprinkle of celery salt in a poppy-seed bun. It differs from a true Chicago dog in that it’s about 50% bigger; and the bun, rather than being squishy-fresh, is toasted. But I am not complaining!

Chicken and waffles is a best dish. You might well ask: How does chicken and waffles fit on a hot dog menu? The answer: brilliantly. A succulent chicken sausage gets planted on a stick, thoroughly wrapped in a crisp, malty, just-cooked waffle, and served with a cup of syrup for dipping. It is so easy to eat.

Frankinbun’s currywurst is a strange cross-cultural twist: bratwurst cut into bite-size pieces bathed in spicy/sweet red curry sauce. I’m not sure it’s an idea whose time has come, but I had no problem laying waste to a basketful. If none of the suggested house combos suit your taste, you can create your own by selecting from a list of nine different sausages (including one that’s vegan) and toppings that range from mustard and onions to mango or date chutney.

French fries are cooked right (twice) so they become a fetching balance of crisp edge and creamy middle. House-made potato salad is terrific, too, with a pickly twist. And there’s a tornado potato, which is something like an infinitely long coiled potato chip from which you pull off pieces as you wish.

Frankinbun is a minuscule eatery with a small patio out front and a large measure of style. Note the artistic wallpaper, the pattern of which graces house-signature Aloha shirts, available for purchase at just under $100 each.

What to Eat
Frankinbun, Chicken & Waffle
Chicken & Waffle
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Great idea: succulent chicken sausage encased in malty waffle, on a stick for dipping in accompanying syrup.
Frankinbun, Chicago-Style Dog
Chicago-Style Dog
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Chicago-style! With mustard, relish , a pickle spear, sport peppers, and celery salt in a poppy seed bun.
Frankinbun, Frankinflight Basket
Frankinflight Basket
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Frankinbun invites customers to choose any 3 sausages for its Frankinflight basket. Here are bratwurst, jalapeno hot link, and Italian.
Frankinbun, Tornado Potato
Tornado Potato
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Tornado potato is like an infinite potato chip.
Frankinbun, Potato Salad
Potato Salad
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There's real potato taste to the potato salad, which is vibrant with sweet pickle flavor, too.
Frankinbun, French Fries
French Fries
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Twice-cooked French fries are some of the best, with crisp, crunchy edges and creamy insides.
Frankinbun, Chili Cheese Dog
Chili Cheese Dog
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No-bean chili dominates the large, handsome version of a classic chili-cheese dog.
Frankinbun, Currywurst
Currywurst
Currywurst is a curious concept: bratwurst in sweet tomato curry sauce, along with chutney.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11am - 4pm
Monday11am - 4pm
Tuesday11am - 4pm
WednesdayCLOSED
Thursday11am - 4pm
Friday11am - 4pm
Saturday11am - 4pm
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

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