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BuffTrucks: Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs

Last night, we headed over to Larkin Square in downtown Buffalo to check out their Food Truck Tuesday event.  Each Tuesday from 4-8pm, food trucks from all over the Buffalo area gather in Larkin Square.  There’s music playing, plenty of space for kids to play around and more food and drinks than you can imagine.

We arrived around 7pm, which I wouldn’t recommend.  Many of the trucks will start running out of certain dishes by then, but the lines were much shorter than we had anticipated, so good with the bad and all.  After a quick lap around to check out the offerings, the we (read:the kids) decided on Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs.  While we waited for the dogs, the husband grabbed a  beer and some water from the nearby bar and the kids found a spot in the grass.

Frank Gourmet Dogs BuffTrucks

We ordered the Standard with ketchup (Bubba), Chili Dog {chili, cheese, onion, yellow mustard and slaw} (moi), Frank Bruni {kraut and spicy mustard} (hubs) and Violet Beauregarde (Bunny) {blueberry BBQ sauce, onion crunch and cheddar}.  To top it off, we ordered the garlic, lime and cilantro sweet potato fries, because it’s good to round out a meal with a vegetable, y’all.  Our total was $23 for 4 dogs and fries…not bad at all!

Let’s start with the fries:

Sweet potato garlic fries with lime and cilantro

y’all know I’m a garlic fries fanatic.  These sweet potato fries totally topped my recipe.  The fries were cooked perfectly with a good crunch on the outside, but plenty of soft sweet potato left on the inside.  There were nice-sized chunks of garlic without being overwhelming.  The cilantro didn’t and tart from the lime played perfectly against the sweetness from the potato.  The only downside was there weren’t enough to go around…because the kids inhaled them.  Next time, they get their own order!

and now for the dogs: I’ll preface this by saying every single hot dog was cooked perfectly.  A nice crisp casing and juicy inside.  These weren’t any old supermarket frank.  The buns are locally-baked, grilled potato rolls.  They were soft, but sturdy enough to hold all of the fixings.

I tasted three out of the four dogs (this mama doesn’t do ketchup, so I didn’t go anywhere near Bubba’s).

Holy Moly and Chili Dog

My chili dog was to die for.  The chili had a great kick after a few bites and paired perfectly with the yellow mustard.  I love when chili on chili dogs is a fine ground meat, and this is exactly what this was.  The slaw on top was perfectly dressed (ie: not soaked in sauce) and provided a nice crunchy texture against the soft fillings.  This is something I’ll order again and again.

The Holy Moly was also very well done.  The spicy mustard played well against the sweet of the kraut.  The husband was very impressed.

frank gourmet hot dogs

The  Violet Beauregarde was also a winner. Bunny ate all of the crispy onions off of the top before I could get a chance to take a proper taste, but the dog stands alone with just the cheddar and blueberry bbq sauce.  The sweetness from the blueberries definitely comes through in the sauce, but the smokey flavor comes through enough that it doesn’t get sickeningly sweet.

We’re looking forward to returning to the BuffTruck gathering at Larkin Square next week.  Bubba’s third birthday is Tuesday and he’s requested food trucks for his dinner.  No mother can deny her little boy what he wants, right?  I’d like to say I’m going to try a new truck next week, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to resist the temptation of the Frank truck, and neither will the kids.

You can find Frank on Twitter @FindFrankNow and Facebook.

And for the question of the day: what’s your favorite hot dog topping?

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5 Comments

  • Reply Melissa July 3, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Oh my gosh, my mouth is watering right now. That all looks so good. My favorite toppings are mustard, relish and onions.

  • Reply Jen July 3, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Those fries look amazing!

  • Reply David Oliveri July 4, 2013 at 12:37 am

    So proud of Frank & Paul T. (The proprietors of this fine food truck) Their attention to detail, consistency, cleanliness, presentation, and creativity is apparent and consistent with their high standards as people and entrepreneurs. These guys are gonna be around serving Buffalonians gourmet dogs for a long time. Congrats again boys!

  • Reply Jenn July 4, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Looks delicious!

  • Reply Emily July 5, 2013 at 1:55 am

    Oh yum!! I’m a sucker for sweet potato fries and those look absolutely delicious!!

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