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Frank Restaurant

Hot Dog Joint, Coffee Shop, and Bar$$$$
Downtown Austin, Austin
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Karli
    KarliJuly 29, 2014
    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.
  • 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
  • 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! :)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Fer C.
    Fer CamachoJanuary 1
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Liss L.
    Liss LieuMarch 11, 2013
    I know people love bacon but this place is a no-go. Service is terrible.Chili fries were dry and gross. Hot dogs were meh. It's small and the wait is usually long. No thanks, won't be back!!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Matt G.
    Matt GalliganMarch 11, 2014
    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.
  • Mandy V.
    Mandy VinasSeptember 24, 2011
    VERY Disappointed. Bartender ignored us- not busy. Didn't have veggie dogs or the beer we wanted. Chili on chilidog was bland and flavorless. Service was slow and forgetful. Won't be back.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • ella g.
    ella grayMarch 8, 2013
    Get your hot polish sausage right here. Vegan option avail as well for those who need a lil less thickness.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Shaunica
    ShaunicaDecember 23, 2010
    Beware -- some of the drinks don't have free refills (even when the server just asks if you want more). $9 for lemonade? WTF? Be sure to ask. Unreal.
  • 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!!!
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Sarah U.
    Sarah UríasOctober 23, 2014
    One of the waitresses suggested I get an Eastciders and a shot of Fireball. Mixed together it's like Christmas in your mouth!
  • 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. 😜
  • Troy J.
    Troy JohnsonApril 14, 2012
    Try the Jackelope - Bambi, Thumper and Babe sausage with huckleberry compote, Sriracha aioli and cheddar. Vegetarianism can wait.
  • Chris F.
    Chris FellowsMay 23, 2011
    Service is equivalent to your local DMV. Buddy never got a drink he ordered. It took the bartender 15 minutes to ask if I wanted anything. Classic hot dog was great though.
  • 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.
  • Ally S.
    Ally ShwedDecember 8, 2015
    Amazing hot dogs (veg options too!), great appetizers, fantastic beer list. And a photo booth for dessert.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
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