Midwest Living Review
If you're in the mood for a hot dog with artistic aspirations, check out Franks n' Dawgs in Chicago. Owner Alex Brunacci bills his menu items as "gourmet" dining, and that's exactly what you get -- in a room that feels like an upscale hot dog stand. Almost all of the dogs feature sausage made fresh every two days. They're pricey -- $5.50 to $9 -- but worth every penny. It's the toppings that make the experience, though; each one is more unlikely than the next. The owner says the most popular choices are the Lamb Keema (lamb sausage with peas, cucumber salad, caramelized pearl onions and Socca strips for $8.50) and the N'Awlins Daug (Andouille, gumbo sauce, fried okra and shrimp, and chives for $6.25). So tempting, but we went for the Brunch Dawg: a pork loin sausage with Cobb-smoked bacon, fried egg, and maple mayonnaise ($8). Sounds weird, but I'll tell you what: That maple mayonnaise was a touch of genius. The quarter-pound chili-cheese dog ($5.75) left a member of the group in raptures. The only dud in our opinion was the Mystery Corn Dawg ($4.50), which was bland and a little tough. The side dishes are delicious (try the fried green tomatoes and the truffle fries), and the service is terrific. Check this place out before all the publicity they've been getting makes it hard to get a seat.