Folks have expressed interest in Franktitude
since it was on the Hot Dog Show. Here is an update.
Owner Ari Wurmann opened four locations in 2007, I believe. By last summer, three of them had closed, leaving only the downtown Miami location, which is basically only open for lunch, and is closed on Sundays. Plus, you will likely have to pay $5+ to park in a lot on weekdays.
In 2008 he opened one in the Dolphin Mall, which is about five miles west of the MIA airport.
I went to the Dolphin Mall location this week, to see if it would be any better than my experience a year ago at the now-closed Doral location. Franktitude Dolphin Mall:
This is a fairly new and lively mall, and was quite busy midday on a weekday. Unlike the Doral spot I visited last year, which had two bored employees working, this one had four employees who were quite busy. All-Beef Hot Dog with Mustard
I first had an beef hot dog with mustard. I wanted brown mustard, but I was slow on the uptake, and didn't realize when they were up to my order, and the worker grabbed the yellow mustard and did the Franktitude signature application of a huge amount of mustard. (I wiped most of it off with a knapkin)
This was actually pretty good. It was a decent-sized, medium-spiced hot dog cooked on a roller grill. It was mildly browned/colored from the grill, so I guess that they keep the heat cranked up. The rolls are kept in a steam drawer, and they must have changed suppliers, as it was above average, with what I think is an egg-wash glaze.
The fries, although fresh from the fryer (unlike last year at the Doral location), were pretty lame and boring examples of thin, frozen fries.
I went back the next day and ordered a foot-long with spicy
mustard (their code-word for brown), with sauerkraut, and sweet potatoe french fries. Foot-long & Sweet Potatoe Fries:
This one had a pretty good roll, too. The sauerkraut was cold, which bugs me, but I guess some like it that way. The dog was fine. I liked the sweet potatoe fries. I've never had them before, so I have no basis for comparison, but they were crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and had a good sweet-potatoe flavor.
I now consider Franktitude as "acceptable", with the caveat to be very specific as to what you want. Seven hot dog joints have closed in the last 18 months in this county, so my choices are limited around town. Both this location and the downtown one have access problems, to my mind. Downtown, there is no free parking, and here one has to park in the mall parking lot and walk about a quarter mile through the mall (which is fine, I guess, for shopping mall fans). I don't know about downtown, but the prices are a bit high in the no-doubt high-rent mall. The foot-long sweet potatoe combo was $9.62, and the ordinary combo was $6.94.
One last note: I had stated in another thread that they discontinued the salmon hot dog. If they did, it is back again. It may have been a quirk on the web site, or maybe they had supplier troubles? I'm going to get brave and try one soon. Franktitude Dolphin Mall 11401 NW 12th Street Miami, FL 33172 305-594-6624 http://www.franktitude.com/
The Dolphin Mall is right next to the Florida Turnpike Exit #27. From SR836 (Dolphin Expressway) westbound, take the exit for the Turnpike northbound, and immediately get off on exit #27, NW 12th Street. Once parked, go in the main mall entrance, go straight ahead all the way to the end, and then turn left.
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