18 December 2011

Tonight's Episode: Frankly my dear, I love this hotdog

Monday, Dec 19th 2011 is (was) a huge day for sleepy little Summerville, South Carolina. Guy Fieri's Food Network show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives goes on the air with a local hot dog joint unlike any other. At Perry Cuda's Perfectly Franks, hot dogs are more than just mustard and ketchup.

Franks started it's life in a two-table and bench space facing the railroad tracks, with as much visibility as an environmentalist at Dick Cheney's hunting lodge. That didn't stop Perfectly Franks from becoming the darling of the town. Soon, the popularity had outstripped the tiny space, and Cuda and the gang moved to a much larger space. What they didn't expect was that space would only INCREASE the volume of guests. Lines out the door are a daily occurrence.
The line keeps going, and going, and going.....

The Famous Franks-29 inspired dogs that range from the ordinary (Frank Lloyd Wright with fresh sauerkraut and spicy mustard) to the unusual (Frankie Vali with fried spinach, Caesar dressing, bacon and crispy onions) to the down-right bizarrely tasty (Frank Morgan with mac-n-cheese). With prices ranging from $2.59 to $3.69, these dogs pack a lot of taste for very little cash.

On this trip, one of dozens we have made, The Girl picks her flat-out favorite, the Aretha Franklin ($3.29). This dog is covered in pulled pork, bbq sauce, slaw, and crispy onions. What is special about this dog is that the pulled pork is high-quality on its own. The entire set up is sweet, smoky, and tasty as hell. The Girl pairs this up with an order of sweet potato fries ($3.29). Thin and crispy, with a pleasant but not overpowering sweetness, these are on the short list for best sweet potato fries on the planet.
If you put pulled pork on it, they will come

I decide to double-dog dare myself, and choose both the Frank Columbo ($3.29) and the Frank Legare ($3.69), as well as a Peach Nehi. The Columbo is the vehicle for proving to me that I actually DO like Bleu Cheese. This dog has grilled onions, black peppered bacon, and bleu cheese crumbles. Salty, sweet, and pungent, with a delightful creaminess that is FREAKIN AWESOME. The Legare is a dog of a different bark, with smoked sausage, cocktail sauce, grilled shrimp, and sweet-corn relish. Wait, should I have used that one for the bizarre dog example? This is my go-to dog. The shrimp are perfectly cooked, the cocktail sauce has just a touch of bite, the corn relish sweet and crunchy, and the sausage has a delicate smoke and a crisp casing. I always have a Legare when I stop by Perfectly Franks.
Which one of these is not like the other?

For those of you who don't like hot dogs, there is still a lot to choose from. The Sammies board includes Thai Beef Burrito ($7.99), Salmon BLT ($8.99) and the Fried Shrimp Po Boy ($7.99). Also be on the look out for specials such as the Bison Sloppy Joe (which is hands down fantastic). They also carry nachos, quesadillas, and some of the best fish tacos in town.

The Girl and I love Perfectly Franks. Taking this all-American backyard cheap eat, and elevating it to an art form is what Cuda and the gang are all about. If you love great food on the cheap, and don't mind getting your hands a little dirty, hit up this Flowertown in the Pines gem.

The Scores:
Ambiance: 2/5
Food: 9/10
Service: 3/5
Value: 5/5
Overall: 19 out of 25 Get in quick before DDD turns this cheap-eats mecca into the most sought after restaurant in town

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