Food Fight: Uncle Franky's vs. the Wienery coney dogs
Hot dogs are sort of like Lay's potato chips: You can't eat just one. Or at least that's what we thought. The returns from our very small, very unofficial poll suggest that the recommended daily allowance of hot dogs probably hovers somewhere around 1.2. But we're still here to tell about it. Here's how two local hot dog heavyweights match up:
Uncle Franky's Chicago pride is on display before you even set foot on its premises. Signs leading you in to the Dinkytown location announce its Chicago dog, complete with its signature frightening, leprechaun green sweet relish. It turns out Uncle Franky's can respectably turn out another Midwestern hot dog variation as well. The $3.40 coney dog comes with mustard, onion and a ladle-full of meaty chili, all smothered atop a Vienna Beef dog. The dog is hearty and filling, and doesn't get too lost among the other ingredients as happens with some coneys. The chili is dense and just vaguely spicy, kind of like a Sloppy Joe. Uncle Franky's also scores points with us for serving locally-made Shamrock sodas exclusively, including personal fave: Grape Ape.