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Frank Restaurant

Hot Dog Joint, Coffee Shop, and Bar$$$$
Downtown Austin, Austin
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  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 5, 2013
    Try the Jackalope, a custom-made rabbit, antelope, and pork sausage, topped with cranberry compote, cheddar, and Sriracha aioli.
  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleJune 17, 2013
    What's not to love about this quirky sausage emporium? Aside from off-the-wall gourmet hot dogs (including vegan), Frank serves incredible coffee, well-made cocktails, and outstanding fried chicken. Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsFebruary 28, 2013
    Nice twists on homey brunch dishes like their artisan sausages and bacon-infused whiskey drinks. You can also grab a quick biscuit sandwich and Intelligentsia coffee to-go.
  • Erika L.
    Erika Lopez GarciaSeptember 16, 2014
    Get The Sonoran dog (you can ask for the jalapeño sauce on the side) and the Canadian Waffle Poutine with pulled pork on top!!! Also FYI the small Waffle Poutine come on a regular sized plate #winning
  • Terence C.
    Terence ChanNovember 14, 2015
    Notorious P.I.G!! Taste bud overload! A little pricey though. Also got the waffle fries with Siracha aioli and the Chicago dog pork it! Damn good dogs. 4.5/5
  • Karen F.
    Karen FewellMarch 17, 2013
    Best hot dogs in Austin :-) Brilliant place, gluten free heaven and cocktails a plenty. One of my fav places in Austin. Can't wait to go back.
  • Lucia B.
    Lucia BrionesJuly 18, 2012
    The waiters are fun and have great timing; not too much, not too little. All the food being served around us looked great! A true Austin experience! Same as www.getaround.com. Keep sharing, Austin
  • Liss V.
    Liss V.December 30, 2016
    Try the Bloody Mary with the bacon. It's addicting. Never had anything I didn't like here. They're menu changes often, so you won't get bored. I try to come when I'm in town
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 8, 2013
    Brunch at Frank should begin with a Red Headed Stranger-- a Bloody Mary made with bacon-infused Tito's Vodka and garnished with cheddar cheese, pepperoncini, and a strip of bacon.
  • Randy S.
    Randy ShumateAugust 22, 2013
    Best hotdogs in Austin. I had the jackalope and german curry dogs. Both were excellent and the curry dog had some nice heat to it. Also, don't miss the poutine fries.
  • Erika L.
    Erika LoyaNovember 26, 2014
    Everything is great!!! if you 💗 Corn Dogs get ur hotdog in a FlapJacket👍. They make all their own specialty sausages! Great Service
  • Shikha K.
    Shikha KaiwarMarch 19, 2013
    Awesome place to start the day off - great hot dogs, and tons of veggie options. Get a a pear mimosa or red pepper-infused Bloody Mary. Ask for Michelle - AMAZING hostess.
  • Adobe SXSW
    Adobe SXSWMarch 9, 2010
    You may be surprised by the fine sausages created here. If you love bacon, go with the Hogzilla: a bacon, pork and onion sausage topped with pulled pork & fried onions. Frank also has veggie specials Read more
  • Fer C.
    Fer CamachoJanuary 1, 2016
    Very authentic. Different sausages made from various meat types (duck, kangaroo, pork, beef)you will need two or three . Ruben fries were really good and lots of beer options.
  • KR K.
    KR KalmNovember 8, 2013
    We had a few minor things go wrong-no big deal. We didn't complain, but obviously our waitress told the manager who brought us out a plate of cookies and chocolate covered bacon-wonderful! :)
  • Brooklyn United
    Brooklyn UnitedMarch 4, 2013
    A variety of delicious hot dogs and cold beers with friendly bartenders and a relaxed environment, it's a perfect spot for a mid-afternoon pit stop or an evening out.
  • Karli
    KarliJuly 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food, only place to get vegetarian chili cheese fries, but don't take pictures in their "free" photobooth: it'll charge you $4. I don't care that much, but they should be up front about it.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MessinaSeptember 24, 2013
    What to Order: On a Sunday, tableside siphon coffee service. Otherwise, go for the Frank Crank: housemade ganache, half-and-half, vanilla, and cold brew shaken over ice.
  • Delight G.
    Love a good hot dog? This is the place to go. All of their Vienna beef dogs are gluten-free. They also offer gluten-free buns, fries and beer.
  • Matt G.
    Matt GalliganMarch 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best coffee program in town! Ask the barista what to get - they're the experts. But whatever you do, don't add milk or sugar. It ruins the coffee.
  • Sean S.
    Sean SalmonApril 5, 2012
    Do a veggie dog switcharoo on any of the awesome hot dogs & sausages. My faves are the Chicago style and the Slaw dog. Pair it up with a fine draft beer
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealJune 23, 2011
    This gourmet hot dog joint with a strong mixology program offers a special menu from 10pm until close, so that revelers can end their evening with a beer soaked brat and a nightcap. Read more
  • Todd M.
    Todd MascoFebruary 24, 2013
    These guys support fully vegan options - their buns are vegan. Man Bites Dog (mentioned in other tips) has vegan franks and chili, but no vegan buns, which brought us here.
  • Teddy
    TeddyAugust 18, 2016
    I inhaled the Creole Gator. And the Chicago dog looks legit! Sport peppers and all. Definitely going to go back when I can.
  • ella g.
    ella grayMarch 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get your hot polish sausage right here. Vegan option avail as well for those who need a lil less thickness.
  • John B.
    John BarbarianMarch 6, 2012
    Homemade sausage and bacon Bloody Marys. What more could you ask for?The food is delicious but quick enough that there’s a constant stream of people to run into all day long.
  • exfm
    exfmFebruary 24, 2012
    Poutine Waffle Fries and the best hot dogs in town need we say more? Okay, Bacon infused vodka bloody marys!
  • Stephanie P.
    Stephanie PatafioMarch 8, 2014
    Get the Country Boy. You can't go wrong. Pork Belly on the dog, fried onions, cheese and the amazing doppelgänger sauce.
  • Luis L.
    Luis LopezFebruary 18, 2015
    The texan dog with small waffle fries are delish. Nice waitrees make sure to tip well...
  • Brad H.
    Brad HagerApril 26
    GREAT hotdogs, the Chicago dog is awesome, the waffle fries are really good. The corn cup is a MUST, yummy 😋 Cold beer 🍻
  • Kristine H.
    Kristine HittJanuary 21, 2011
    Excellent service. Went out of their way to get me poutine when I was there at the wrong time for it. Will return when I go back to Austin! Loved the environment too.
  • Matthew A.
    Matthew AshMarch 22, 2015
    Those Weiner's go down easy (but too quick, though)...and always leaves a smile on your face. Make sure you clean the corners of your mouth. 😜
  • zac m.
    zac mJuly 30, 2013
    Can't get enough Fanks?! Try getting it delivered on the Favor app. We deliver anything you want. Anything...
  • Roaming Gnome
    Roaming GnomeMarch 11, 2014
    Order the Red Headed stranger Bloody Mary to drink. And the Jackalope dog to eat. Order a wheelbarrow to carry you to your hotel after.
  • Alfonso M.
    Alfonso MendozaAugust 5, 2015
    Queso waffle fries and Chicago style dogs. The PB and Oreo shake is a must have.
  • Sam B.
    Sam BrownNovember 4, 2014
    Killer spot for good creative hot dogs. Get anything and put chili on it!
  • Juan P.
    Juan PérezAugust 4, 2015
    Only got some waffle fries to go but the bartender was super cool and the fries handcut. Next time I go back I'm going there the first day for a full meal.
  • Sam B.
    Sam BrownNovember 4, 2014
    Drink a Frank Ol Fashioned. Bacon infused Maker's Mark(!!!), maple syrup, cherry, orange and bitters. Yep, you read that right.
  • Sydney W.
    Sydney WilliamsJanuary 18, 2011
    Red headed stranger bloody Mary = pepper crusted bacon as a garnish with bacon infused vodka. AMAZING. Chocolate covered bacon is also amazing. For brunch, Texas Benedict.
  • Sarah U.
    Sarah UríasOctober 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the waitresses suggested I get an Eastciders and a shot of Fireball. Mixed together it's like Christmas in your mouth!
  • Ally S.
    Ally ShwedDecember 8, 2015
    Amazing hot dogs (veg options too!), great appetizers, fantastic beer list. And a photo booth for dessert.
  • Amit V.
    Amit VyasMarch 10, 2014
    The Whole Enchilada is easily the best Bloody Mary type drink I've ever had
  • Jason T.
    Jason TennenbaumJanuary 22, 2013
    Grab an order of the chili cheese fries with some jalapenos. The chili is prepared perfectly with a bit of spice.
  • Barrett P.
    Barrett PhelanDecember 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    There are lots of good food items here. Good tequila and local craft beers.
  • Scion Advisor
    Scion AdvisorJuly 27, 2011
    Renowned purveyors of pork, they even put it in the desserts! Sunday brunch is the spot to be with live djs and specials until 2. Read more
  • Robert R.
    Robert RoweMarch 14, 2012
    Try the Notorious P.I.G. - ...unique Hot Dog (house-made pork, bacon, jalapeno & sage sausage w/ macaroni cheese) + BBQ sauce!
  • Randy S.
    Randy ShumateMarch 23, 2013
    I tried the jackalope and the hot polish...both dogs were great...but h the poutine fries were amazing...did not care too much for the bloody mary here.
  • José Ignacio S.
    José Ignacio StarkMarch 15, 2011
    Try the Notorious P.I.G, and learn how Mac&Cheese MUST go in a hot dog. Join it with a botlle of La Fin du Monde and you're all set.
  • Divya M.
    Divya MulanjurFebruary 14, 2016
    Get the notorious P.I.G! So good! Pricey but great drinks and hot dogs
  • Pearson - Always Learning
    Pearson - Always LearningFebruary 28, 2014
    Upgraded hot dogs, waffle fries, poutine, and bloody marys with bacon infused vodka. Oh-- and fried chicken & waffles.
  • Daniel K.
    Daniel KilkennyAugust 9, 2016
    Hotdogs are great. The notorious PIG is super. Hot dog with Mac and cheese, with a side of waffle fries...
  • Traci P.
    Traci PetersonApril 18, 2012
    Chili cheese dog every time! Can't resist!! The rummy root beer is great too but the bartender has a heavy hand tonight!
  • Wayne C.
    Wayne CheongJuly 10, 2010
    Order any hot dog meal. Attempt to eat said meal without the word "phallus" or "phallic" popping into your head. If this occur, wash it down with some manly beer, sissy. Delicious! Read more
  • jillian d.
    jillian dinoOctober 12, 2013
    The coffee tastes like toasted marshmallows. Be sure to get the bacon Bloody Mary and chocolate coveted bacon.
  • Allie F.
    Allie FoxSeptember 21, 2014
    There's a lot of good gluten free options, including beers! Get the queso waffle fries. SO good. 😍
  • Vik S.
    Vik SrinivasanJune 3, 2012
    Great vegetarian/vegan options! I did a veg-switcharoo on a Chicago dog and Jalapeño cheese dog. Both excellent.
  • Nicholas G.
    Nicholas GiovanniMarch 24, 2015
    Great hot dogs with friendly service. Will visit agin.
  • Lisa
    LisaJuly 12, 2012
    Go here for brunch, but get there early. It fills up quick!! Makers mark French toast is a must try.
  • Troy J.
    Troy JohnsonApril 14, 2012
    Try the Jackelope - Bambi, Thumper and Babe sausage with huckleberry compote, Sriracha aioli and cheddar. Vegetarianism can wait.
  • Jeremy P.
    Jeremy PerontoApril 7, 2016
    Strong beer selection. I really enjoyed the alligator sausage.
  • Thomas K.
    Thomas KnüwerMarch 23, 2015
    Can a Hot Dog be "gourmet"? Yes, it can! Frank serves great dogs, accompanied by an impressive craft beer List.
  • Britney S.
    Britney SamsonJanuary 5, 2013
    Vegan chili/hot dogs are both really good. Bloody Mary's are THICK and heavenly. Skip the appetizers.
  • Kitjer
    KitjerJanuary 5, 2012
    Chicago dog cold, casing not edible. Great corn cup and ginger cherry limeade was delicious. Server was nice and prompt.
  • Brian T.
    Brian TruaxJune 12, 2012
    You'd be missing out if you didn't try the Jackalope. Also, the upstairs bar usually has quicker service when it's busy.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SullivanMay 18, 2013
    The BBLT Fries are amazing. Get them when they have them on special
  • Matt L.
    Matt LindOctober 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Reuben Waffle Fries are not to be missed. Buy a small order for yourself; or a large order to share.
  • Dawn D.
    Dawn DeVirgilioMarch 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The Bloody Mary is required. The mac and cheese hot dog is necessary.
  • Parisah T.
    Parisah TroyJanuary 13, 2013
    Great, friendly service, premium hot dogs, beer, and tasty coffee. We will be coming back.
  • Tony D
    Tony DNovember 3, 2010
    Awesome dogs in a very cool joint! Some of the best I've ever had--gourmet style but not over the top... Carolina dog was spot on!!!
  • Dustin
    DustinAugust 31, 2010
    phenomenal meat in tube form - go for the special la chupacabra: house made pork & brisket sausage with chimichurri sauce, cotija, & crispy onion rings
  • Miss Erica J.
    Miss Erica JMarch 21, 2015
    The drinks are strong and the fried green tomatoes are excellent.
  • Renato V.
    Renato Valdes OlmosMarch 12, 2011
    Any place that serves a delicious piece of crispy bacon in their bloody mary is top notch. Chocolate covered bacon, what up.
  • Somnath S.
    Somnath SureshApril 21, 2015
    Real nice people. Can't believe this is Texan and the amount of vegan options here are insane. Classy joint.
  • Frank M.
    Frank MaguireMarch 10, 2014
    Might be the best ice coffee I've ever had. Try it black...doesn't need milk or sugar
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel McDonoughMay 3, 2015
    Def go with the Chicago style w/ a side of waffle fries.
  • Tony B.
    Tony BlankAugust 7, 2014
    Solid drink list and the dogs are top notch. Horseradish slaw is great.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicOctober 6, 2014
    If you get a plain dog the bun to dog ratio is too bready. So take advantage of all the crazy toppings.
  • Ines O.
    Ines ObtinallaMay 12, 2014
    Kentucky Peach is an excellent summer cocktail! Served in a mason jar with a mint leaf for max effect.
  • Robert S.
    Robert ShellJune 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing breakfast, I highly recommend the chicken and waffle sandwich.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 5, 2013
    V60 pourover as well as espresso, beans from LA's Handsome Coffee.
  • Tara B.
    Tara BerkoskiMarch 17, 2012
    Vegan hot dog with vegan chili is delicious. Be sure to get the relish too!
  • Brooke E.
    Brooke EastmanNovember 20, 2012
    You gotta Pork It, no matter what dog you get!
  • Dallas D.
    Dallas DiazSeptember 14, 2013
    Holy shit! The cheese waffle fries!!! Amd their macaroni is homemade delish!!
  • Muge A.
    Muge Akkor KoktekinSeptember 27, 2015
    Cheese chilly hot dog is delish. Potato salad is so and so.
  • Jamie F.
    Jamie FalkowskiSeptember 30, 2014
    Be warned. Sides are entree sized. #biggerintexas and that's a small.
  • Off The Menu
    Off The MenuOctober 15, 2015
    Black n Blue Fries: Waffle fries topped with blue cheese and blackened seasoning. Read more
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelMarch 7, 2013
    Frank dishes out house-made hot dogs to hungry Austinites with late-night munchies! As seen on Travel Channel's Feed the Beast.
  • John C.
    John CassilloMay 2, 2016
    Unique sausage options, great beer and overall, delicious food.
  • Margaret S.
    Margaret SpearFebruary 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Root Down cocktail. One of my favorite drinks of all time. Mmmmm.
  • Steven D.
    Steven DoyleJuly 12, 2013
    Today was the day my life changed. Two words. Reuben Fries.
  • Stephen M.
    Stephen Mar3 weeks ago
    The waffle fries are delicious and huge. Do not attempt to finish alone!
  • Jeremy P.
    Jeremy PorterMarch 11, 2014
    Try the Bloody Marys, they're delicious (and have bacon in them).
  • Ric H.
    Ric HubbardNovember 26, 2014
    I like the chili cheese dog, and the waffle fries are the best!
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  • Sarah C.
    Sarah ChoApril 19, 2011
    If you love yourself a bloody mary you need to meet the Red Headed Stranger. Otherwise go for the Plantation!
  • SalsaLoca
    SalsaLocaFebruary 16, 2013
    Get the Carolina pork it dog w/ a side of BBQ sauce - so good!
  • Sam T.
    Sam TownsDecember 21, 2013
    Everything was great but my gluten free bun was hard as rock. Don't recommend getting that.
  • Martin K.
    Martin KMarch 21, 2015
    There might be a queue, but it's worth the wait. Best sausages in town.
  • Tantek Ç.
    Tantek ÇelikMarch 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Expertly drawn Intelligentsia shots - order your espresso drink the way you like it, like an iced soy latte.
  • Wake Radio
    Wake RadioMarch 21, 2012
    Great menu! Happy there were vegetarian and vegan options for our team as well.
  • Alejandro R.
    Alejandro ReyesApril 27, 2014
    A pesar de que es un restaurante de hotdogs no es comida rápida. El concepto, el lugar, la comida y el personal son maravillosos. No dejes de probar la galleta con helado y tocino... ¡FENOMENAL!
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