Good buns make the sausages sing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Food -

I NEVER ate a hot dog I didn’t like and with names such as Wil­fred, Scooby Doo and Brian, I knew I’d be in for a real treat at Frank’d Hot­dogs in North­bridge.

While the hum­ble hot dog has been around for years, gourmet hot dogs are the food trend de jour and places are pop­ping up ev­ery­where serv­ing de­li­cious wieners in a bun, so when I stum­bled on this find by ac­ci­dent, I couldn’t wait to see what these guys were do­ing.

Prid­ing it­self on pro­vid­ing great food choices to the pub­lic while cre­at­ing a fes­tive and re­laxed at­mos­phere, Frank’d hit the nail on the head.

As soon as you walk through the door, a sign en­cour­ag­ing din­ers to en­joy bot­tom­less soft drink while you wait is as wel­com­ing as the staff wait­ing to serve.

While I’m not en­cour­ag­ing you to drink the su­gary stuff un­til your teeth fall out, who doesn’t like a free­bie oc­ca­sion­ally?

For the record, I had the soda water, also free.

As for the food, ev­ery dog type you can think of has been cov­ered – dingo, ger­man shep­herd, heck there was even a veg­e­tar­ian “slum dog” on the menu.

For me a hot dog has got to have all the right in­gre­di­ents – nice bun(s), good qual­ity sausage and a splash of condi­ment. So when I tried Scooby Doo, bratwurst, melted cheddar, brie and parme­san cheese ($14) I felt it was miss­ing a lit­tle some­thing – the condi­ment.

I love cheese and this hot dog had the tri­fecta of cheeses, it just needed a squirt of tomato sauce just to bal­ance out the flavours.

The Brian (a nod to the Fam­ily Guy char­ac­ter) on the other hand, grilled pep­per­oni, tomato salsa, cheese ($15), had all my favourite things in the soft­est of buns and was prob­a­bly the favourite out of the two.

If you still feel thirsty and the soft drink isn’t cut­ting it, Frank’d also do milk­shakes, fresh juices and drinks from neigh­bours Frisk Bar.

With Belinda Cipri­ano

The Scooby Doo.

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