How was your weekend? I had a great weekend, despite my cold. I know what you’re thinking… who gets sick in the summer? This girl.
But I am a trooper! I didn’t let a common cold get the best of me, especially when the weather was fantastic! I even got out to a Blue Jay’s game on Saturday. The roof in the Rogers Centre was open, the sun was beaming in, couldn’t have asked for a better day. After the game, I ended up at a friend’s house for a BBQ. We all sat around with our bellies full after dinner, watching “You Gotta Eat Here”. Featured on the show was a place called “Fancy Franks” in Toronto. My mouth instantly watered. I didn’t waste any time and checked out their website to figure out which one I was going to try and decided on the “Southern Fancy”.
The following day, my husband and I took a dinner visit there to see what it was all about. Fancy Franks is a fast food joint that takes your ordinary hot dogs to a whole ‘nother level. They have an assortment of savory hot dogs topped with various ingredients to appease the belly. Here, you will find irregular flavours from a hot dog with peanut butter & jelly to a Korean inspired one with beef and kimchi. There is also the option to add other ingredients, some free, some are a little extra. You can choose to have your bun steamed or toasted.
The painted brick wall (pictured above) caught my eye before I even stepped foot in the joint. Once inside, there is a long, bench-like table in the middle with stool seats and a few seats along the wall with an outside view. There is a huge menu on the upper right hand side that can strain your neck, if stared at for too long. The cashier immediately mentioned that we can take one of their smaller menus sitting in front of the cash register for better viewing. Also, this way, we can sit down and decide without feeling rushed or disturbing the line.
My husband was debating between “Frankie goes to Buffalo” and “Southern Fancy” and asked which one was more popular. The cashier recommended he go with “Frankie goes to Buffalo” (pictured below). This consisted of a panko-breaded, fried weiner with celery and carrots, smothered in a blue cheese dressing and Buffalo wing sauce, topped with crispy fried chicken skin. Just take a look at all that goodness. My husband fell in love with this one. In his words, ” This is unreal. It’s like eating a chicken wing, but wayyyy better”. I am not a huge fan of blue cheese, so I opted out of this one. I considered coming back to try this with a different dressing (possibly ranch?), but my husband said the blue cheese dressing is what makes it. We shall see.
I, on the other hand, was certain of my pick before I came, but ended up seeing a hot dog I did not see on the site and it caught my eye. It was the first one on the menu called “FFGHD TX” (pictured below) which composed of “cajun spiced grilled onions, BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese and chipotle mayo”. When I inquired about it, the cashier said that it was their “most popular one”. Let me tell you, the toppings complimented each other so well. The onions gave it a nice sweet flavour with the perfect amount of kick from the cajun. The cheese helped tone down the spiciness a little, although, I like my foods spicy so next time, I may add jalapenos or hot sauce.
We ended our meal off with half a dozen mini donuts that are made fresh behind the counter. We got 3 with lemon curd and powdered sugar and 3 with nutella and crushed biscotti (pictured below). These were a real treat! Perfect way to end off a satisfying meal. We definitely thought the nutella was going to be the winner, but surprisingly, the lemon curd was our favourite.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this place. Our bill after everything mentioned, plus two fountain drinks, came to just under $25. A tad pricey for what you are ideally getting, but it’s delicious and the service was awesome, so to me, it was well worth it. I would recommend checking out one of their two locations if you feel like trying something new! I, for sure, will be back! Visit http://www.fancyfranks.com for more information.