Kate: Fried Leeks, Vegetarian Nicola, and Vegetarian West Virgina Slaw Dog
I know, shocker, I traveled to Columbus, Ohio and found a place to blog on. Sorry foodie fan, Columbus is where I discovered the foodie in me! I promise, I will blog on somewhere in the Kalamazoo area soon!
Anyway, so we were in Columbus, and our friends kept talking up this hot dog place. I know, hot dogs, doesn't really sound like me. But, here's the catch, the friends (what up, Brandlyn and Josh) are both vegetarians, so, I knew I would be alright. Additionally, this place is owned by the same people as two other restaurants that I really like in Columbus, Surly Girl and Betty's. So, when a storm decided to descend upon Columbus and ruin our plans to spend a day on the boat, we headed to Dirty Franks instead.
First of all, this place has cheap PBR on draft (a redundency, I know) but, this only added to the somewhat eccentric sports bar feel to this place. And, for my Kalamazoo friends, they did have Oberon on draught. It is a small store front. In fact, we had to wait about 30 minutes before we were seated, but by the time we got there, we were so pumped, it was fine.
The star of the meal were the fried leeks. Think onion rings but better. They have a variety of fried wonders (Tater-Tochs, yep, that's right, nachos made with tater tots!) on their "The Goods" menu, but Brandlyn said the leeks were worth trying, and she was right. They are lighter than onion rings, really well marinated, and not super greasy. I loved'em. We killed that basket as soon as it hit the table.
Now, I will be honest, I wasn't crazy about my dogs. I will also be honest in saying that I tried to be a little adventurous and ordered outside of my usual realm. So, while I didn't totally love my dogs, I definitely will go back (especially based on Paul's reaction, he loved his dogs) and try something else.
The Nicola, with a vegetarian dog with Tzatziki and Greek relish was, really, not very good. The Tzatziki was a little overwhelming and the relish was WAY TOO olive-y. I know, I know, it was Greek relish, but seriously, where were the cucumbers?
The West Virginia Slaw Dog, with vegetarian coney sauce, coleslaw and onions, was little better, but I really wasn't a huge fan of the coney sauce. It was a little too sweet for me. The slaw and onions were great, especially on the poppyseed bun, but, I could have done without the coney sauce.
Next time, will go with my gut and get the Chicago Dog, which is what I know I love.
Oh, and special mention to one of the dogs on the menu, The Glenn Beck, listed as "just a plain, old weiner". HA! LOVE IT!
Anyway, ambience gives this place a boost. And, the fact that they are open until 2 am DAILY is amazing. This place would really hit the spot after a fun night out. But, seriously, if you are in Columbus, give Dirty Franks a shot. There is defintiely something for everyone on that dog menu, if you like dogs that is!
four golden forks out of five.
NOTE: I wanna say 3 out of 5 as I didn't love my dogs, but the potential is there!