IBJOpinion

DINING: Dog days in Broad Ripple at Gourmet Frank's

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share
Dining - A&E

OK, I admit it—I like hot dogs. Maybe a little too much. I blame my husband, who worked his way through college at Fort Wayne’s famous Coney Island wiener stand.

But I’m also a grammar snob, which is one reason it took me so long to make the trek to Broad Ripple to try Gourmet Frank’s (916 E. Westfield Blvd., 252-5790). There is no Frank, just an unnecessary apostrophe—which I call the Hoosier possessive—in the simple description of its star menu item: franks, as in hot dogs.

I quelled my inner copy editor in the interest of official business, though, visiting the out-of-the-way eatery for lunch. Tucked down an alley behind sister establishment Zoe’s Yogurt Village (with which it shares a kitchen), it’s as unassuming as you’d expect a hot dog joint to be.
 

DiningBigPic The foot-long Hebrew National is just one of nine dogs/sausages at Gourmet Frank’s on Westfield Boulevard. (IBJ Photo/ Perry Reichanadter)

Diners order at the counter, then wait for their selections to be grilled and assembled. The array of options was dizzying for someone who’s used to such decisions being made for her. Nine different kinds of dogs/sausage ($5.25-$5.50) and at least as many toppings. We didn’t get too fancy.

I chose the foot-long Hebrew National with grilled peppers and onions. The dog was butterflied before spending time on the flat-top grill with the veggies and bun, and proved a messy delight when it all came together beneath a generous layer of spicy mustard. The bun—melt-in-your-mouth soft despite the quick crunch from the grill—was especially memorable. Notsomuch the pasta salad ($2.99), which was almost entirely pasta and no “salad.”

My companion tried the Smoked Chicken Apple sausage, or at least he thought he did. The menu also includes an Organic Chicken & Apple dog, and he couldn’t swear that he made the distinction when he ordered. Not much smoky flavor was in evidence, at any rate, and the bun didn’t do a particularly good job of holding the decent-but-unmemorable sausage it was designed to contain.

The Loaded Chili Cheese Fries ($3.50) showed promise, but suffered from being undercooked. Even the house-seasoned waffle fries that weren’t smothered in chili and cheddar were noticeably limp—which doesn’t mean they didn’t get eaten, of course.

After our meal, we headed up the alley to give Zoe’s a try. The tangy non-fat frozen yogurt (48 cents per ounce) was a welcome antidote to our decadent lunch—at least that’s what I’ll tell my dietitian if she asks.•

—Andrea Muirragui Davis

__________

Last in our month-long series of visits to new Broad Ripple area dining spots.

ADVERTISEMENT

  • HA
    She delayed a trip to a hot dog joint 'cause of a surely errant and not witty 'postrophe.

    Good thing Po' Folks isn't around anymore to get reviewed


  • ...it ain't a hot dog
    If it ain't a Vienna Beef, it ain't a hot dog. Having lived in Chicago for many years, there is no better; and no, the Chicago mafia did not make me write this. I have only seen a couple of stands in the Indianapolis area sell Vienna Beef. Too bad. I would like to see better taste win the market.

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

ADVERTISEMENT