Friends: when I say “hot dog,” what do you imagine? Fourth of July franks on the grill? Turkey dogs on wheat buns (for the healthier of us)? An Astrodome All-Star dog, topped with questionable relish scooped from a cart next to a guilty looking child with pickle juice dripping from his hands at the ballpark? Is that just me?
Well, how about a foot-long Hebrew National with chili, onions, cheddar cheese? Or a Salsburg Brat with sauerkraut and mustard? A deep-fried, bacon wrapped, polish sausage with guac, pinto beans, and some Tabasco? Or maybe this?! If you have been scouring the streets of our city looking for a source of high-quality specialty franks, scour no more. The Kings Court Frankfurter Express in Tobin Hill, with its expansive and innovative menu, likely can fulfill all of your hot dog hopes and dreams. (Unless this is your hope/dream. But what do I know, maybe they could provide a costumed dog friend if you called ahead!)
Inside the Frankfurter Express’ funky, house-like building, you’ll find a friendly, father-son duo whose hot dog genius is rivaled perhaps only by their artistic creativity. Check out the prolific and very eclectic artwork that adorns those beautiful, condiment-colored walls. Much of it was made by owners Carlos and Damien Ayala!
I digress. Back to really matters: the foods. With 25+ varieties of dog (not actual dog), you could visit nearly every day for a month and try ‘em all! …And then, you might never want to eat hotdog again, no matter how delicious. So on second thought, space it out a bit. If I had to pick, I’d say my current fave from their menu is the Alamo (chili, enchilada sauce, onions, cheddar cheese, and chili powder), and I had it for lunch yesterday, yo. Doing my research, you know what I’m sayin’?! You can hear all about what other people like (although I know that my opinion is probably the most important to you) on the Frankfurter Express Facebook fan page. You can also visit their official Facebook page here and harass encourage them to post more frequently and to start a Twitter account. (It’s for your own good, bros.)
Other items of note: the Frankfurter Express is BYOB, which is always fun; has indoor and outdoor seating; it’s just about walking distance from Trinity University, for all you young folk; and most importantly, they now serve SWEET POTATO FRIES. And you KNOW how I feel about sweet potato fries. If you don’t, then you haven’t been reading carefully enough…