THIS LOCATION IS CLOSED!!
The hot dog joint of the day is - Franktitude in Doral
2600 NW 87 Ave
Doral, FL http://franktitude.com/
This seems to be an instant mini-chain started up locally here not too long ago. The emphasis seems to me to be way
to much on "concept" and "style", but that could be because I am an old fart. Your twenty-something child may just love it.
The Doral location, one mile west of the Miami International Airport, is in a sort of high end office/restaurant strip mall kind of a building. When one enters, your eye is first drawn to the plasma screen flashing an advertising video with hipsters enjoying hot dogs. Then you notice the wall-covering murals and advertising. If a hip web-site designer got into the hot dog business, this would be the result. Franktitude Plasma and Mural Here is the counter:
Note the microwave.
They serve an all-beef, kosher-style dog, an extra-long version of the same, a turkey dog, a vegetarian dog and a knockwurst. They have many traditional and non-traditional toppings. The regular hot dog roll is available in white or whole-wheat. They also will serve dogs in a panino, a ciabatta roll or a tortilla. Sides are fries, or sweet-potato fries. The addition of tuna salad, smoked turkey, corned beef and chicken strips enables them to combine those items with the various toppings to make to make salads and sandwiches.
The regular-sized hot dogs are $3.49, with unlimited toppings. The corn dog is the same price. For $3.99 you can get the knockwurst, or a weird hot-dog-shaped tubular inside-out "cheeseburger frank", or a "Friendly Frank", which is a sliced hot dog on top of chili-cheese fries (which doesn't sound bad).
In addition to mustard, ketchup, sauerkraut, chili and cheese sauce, the unusual toppings are horseradish sauce, wasabi mayo, salsa, carrots, jalapenos, avocado spread, baked beans, hummus, potato strings, fried onions, cole slaw and more.
If the choice of toppings leaves you trembling with indecision, they have three house favorites: Completo Frank
- Cheese, diced tomato, avocado spread, and mayo Chili Cheese Frank
- Chili, cheese, diced onions, cheese sauce Unique Frank
- Avocado spread, diced tomato, wasabi mayo, and bacon I ordered a Chili Cheese Frank and a plain with mustard:
I ate the mustard dog first. The girl who prepared it did a really nice job of making uniform squiggles of yellow mustard all along the hot dog. Unfortunately, this put about a quarter cup of mustard on the dog. Too much for me. The roll was undistinguished. The hot dog had a spicy/garlicky NY/Kosher taste and was about 1/8 pound and skinless. It was heated/cooked on a sort of beefed-up roller grill, and had some color too it, but of course no nice marking like from a flat-top grill.
The french fries were bad. If I were in a different mood, I would have demanded that they try again. They were dry, crunchy and not very warm. (maybe sitting under a heat lamp?) The next person who came ordered fries, and I saw the worker take a fresh bunch from a bag and put them in the oil. I looks like it was my bad luck to get old fries. I should have complained.
On to the chili dog. The "cheese sauce" came out of a squeeze bottle, and I could not readily discern its flavor after it melted into the chili. There was a lot of stuff on this one for hand-held eating. I would have given it a "thumbs up", except for one thing. It had BEANS in the chili! That's a no-no for me. Summary:
I don't enjoy the hip-to-the-max styling of the place. Maybe I should think of it as Chuck-E-Cheese for the teen-aged set.
The basic nude hot dog is ok. One would have to "take control" to make sure that toppings are added in the order one likes. Leave off the chili if you don't like beans on your hot dogs.
My fries sucked, but yours may not.
Cost for basic hot dog + fries + coke = $5.49 (unlimited refills) Not
recommended at this time, unless you just want to see a 21st-century, hip, hot-dog joint. I plan to go to another site, to try the sweet potato fries and to control the toppings better, and re-try the french fries.
[to be continued]