Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Yank's Franks Restaurant Review ~ Smashburger

Hot Diggity and I passed by Smashburger on a trip to Texas in November. While we didn't have time to try them out then, the thought of this new burger joint has been swirling around in my head ever since.

Today I was sporting a smile almost as big as the guy who, when asked how often he has sex, replied "once a year" Then why the big smile? "Because tonight's the night!"

Well, tonight's the night for Smashburger. Pictured here is Hot Diggity's Smashburger Classic with American Cheese on an egg bun. The Smashfries are shoe string russet potatoes tossed with olive oil, rosemary and garlic. Hot Diggity also had a Haagen-Daz milkshake as did I, but more on that later.

Joining in our review today were Spicy Salsa Marjan and The Hot Dog Cowboy. Spicy Salsa Marjan had the exact same lunch as Hot Diggity, but The Hot Dog Cowboy preferred the Smashburger Kid's meal with Veggie Frites (flash fried carrot sticks and green beans).

For me, it was a Create Your Own Burger. It had cheddar cheese and a bunch of other stuff. I opted for the Chili Cheese Fries (surprise, surprise).

We all had Haagen-Daz Vanilla Milkshakes. I haven't had a milkshake that was that good in many, many years.

As for the food...Hot Diggity, Spicy Salsa Marjan and I all agreed that these were spectacular burgers and amazing fries. The Hot Dog Cowboy let his empty plate do the talking. He loved the burger and really appreciated the Veggie Frites.

Smashburger received eight thumbs up on this trip! If you have the opportunity to visit a Smashburger it's worth the trip.

Frankly, Yank loves hamburgers and chili cheese fries!

A Yank's Franks Restaurant Review ~ Einstein's Bagels

Einstein's Bagels??? Has Yank gone crazy? Doesn't he have anything else to write about?

The truth is, I love bagels. Believe it or not, I even eat those sesame "rolls with a hole" in the middle that Dunkies sells. I don't love those, but I'll occasionally eat them. The best bagels I've ever eaten are, hands down from The Bagel King in Fairfield, Connecticut. The worst, that's easy, Lender's bagels.

Einstein's falls somewhere in the middle. Certainly a cut above Dunkin Donuts "rolls with a hole" but with a first name like Einstein's and a last name like Bagels, they should be much better.

Having said all that, this isn't so much about the bagels at Einstein's as much as it is about their Bagel Dogs. Yesterday's breakfast was an Asiago Bagel Dog. I had every intention of enjoying one of Einstein's toasted sesame bagels with plain cream cheese, but I spotted those bagel dogs. Even at 9:00 in the morning those dogs were screaming my name.

A hot dog surrounded by an Asiago Cheese bagel roll! Maybe you could resist, but I didn't have a chance.

The Asiago bagel roll was a little soft. It was packed in a foil bag to keep it warm and that lends itself to steaming the bun. Not a big issue as the taste of the bun was still very good. If I had eaten it at Einstein's perhaps the roll (bagel) would have been crispier. No biggie.

The hot dog was split, but I was unable to tell if it was griddled or heated in an oven. I suspect it was the oven, but again, no big deal either way. The only issue I had (and it is a big one) was the taste of the dog. It was very strong and heavily seasoned. I don't mind an all-beef strong hot dog (in fact, I like them), but their seasonings were over the top for me. Not a bad flavor, just a whole lot of it. In all fairness, it was breakfast time and perhaps my taste buds were not fully awake.

All-in-all, I would say I wouldn't have it again, but I did eat the whole dog. If someone bought one for me, I'd eat it, but this time I'd put mustard on it. I should have added mustard for this one, but heck there are times I don't even get a photo because I'm so anxious to eat.

Frankly, isn't it amazing that hot dogs are showing up everywhere?

Monday, November 21, 2011

A Yank's Franks Restaurant Review ~ The Maine Diner

One of the great things about living in the Wells, Maine area is access to an amazing place to eat called, The Maine Diner.

Hot Diggity and I were out Christmas shopping and were getting pretty hungry. In spite of the amazing Chili Dog fix I got at Hoss & Mary's last Friday, I was still jonesin' for more. A stop at the great Maine Diner was the answer.

One of Hot Diggity's favorite things to have for lunch (and for dinner) is breakfast. One of my favorite things to have for lunch (and for breakfast...and for dinner) is a Chili Dog. We knew what would satisfy both of our cravings.

Over the course of the last 30 years for me and the last XX years for Hot Diggity (I removed the number because Hot Diggity looks too young to go back that far) The Maine Diner has been a favorite with us.

Hot Diggity had her predictable breakfast selection. For me it was the bowl of Chili with 2 hot dogs. Being the clever foodie that I am, I not only turned these ingredients into chili dogs (I should be on the Food Channel), I accepted Hot Diggity's offer to choose French Fries with her meal and I was clever enough to turn her Fries into my Chili Fries. I am so creative.

The Maine Diner is awesome and consistent. We have dined there so many times, and have never had anything other than excellent meals.

Don't let the line of people bother you. There is a reason people are's that good!!!

Frankly, Wells, Maine is fortunate to have such a great place to eat!

Friday, November 18, 2011

I Finally Got a Good Chili Dog

Today The French Fry King and I went north to finally lay to rest my overwhelming hunger for a chili dog. Where else would we go but Hoss & Mary's Tasty Grub at Old Orchard Beach.

For me, it was a chili dog and a Moultron (a Moultron is a cheeseburger topped with a hot dog) along with an order of fries. For The French Fry King, it was just a Moultron and fries (wimp). Our meals were fantastic.

I took good photos of our food, but sitting next to me was this young man named Ethan. And, as I came to learn, those eight cheeseburgers that were on the griddle were soon to be put together and served to Ethan as his Ocho Burger. I couldn't resist that photo op. I guess I am now a member of the Paparazzi. That's Ethan in the photo just before digging into his Ocho Burger.

I spent the next five minutes or so, watching Ethan make quick work of his Ocho Burger. He didn't skip a beat and then moved quickly on to finish off his order of fries. So as not to risk feeling a bit hungry on his walk home, Ethan topped his meal off with an order of deep-fried Mother Futchers Coffee Cake with sweet dipping sauce.

Great job Ethan! It was good to have lunch with you and all your friends.

And, great job Hoss & usual your food is consistently great!

Frankly, I Love a Great Chili Dog!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Yank's Franks Restaurant Review ~ When Pigs Fly

I have reviewed several Hot Dog Joints and now I have decided to branch out and review other great restaurants. This is the first of these reviews, but won't be the last.

When Hot Diggity and I relocated to Maine ten years ago, she asked me, "when will Southern Maine get a great pizza joint?" I told her, "when pigs fly!" Well, as it turns out, I was correct (it doesn't happen that often).

Hot Diggity and I decided to have lunch today at When Pigs Fly. We headed south on route 1 and took note that at 11:55 am, the Flo's Hot Dogs parking lot had 2 cars out front. A little further south, one of my favorite hamburger joints, Wild Willy's had just 6 cars (2 of which were likely employees) at just about 12:00 noon. A little further south and we drove out of York and into Kittery, straight to When Pigs Fly and their parking lot was nearly full. I'd guess about 25-30 cars.

When Pigs Fly has a retail store where you can purchase a variety of items including their artisan breads. Warning~~if you are on a diet or simply watching your calories, do not go into this part of the building. Their breads are just ridiculous! I'm not lying, they are crazy good.

The majority of the building is the restaurant and today, Hot Diggity and I had pizza on our minds. While one pizza may have been enough for the two of us, we had different ideas as to or toppings of choice.

Hot Diggity selected their Four Cheese pizza (pictured on the right in the photo). In addition to Mozzarella, Fontina, Provolone and Pecorino Romano her pie had Spanish style salami, Peppadew (what the heck is that?) and blah, blah, blah a few other things.

My pizza was the House-Made Chirizo Sausage with Chopped Jalapenos (pictured on the left). It had other stuff, but when you have Chirizo and Jalapenos, the other stuff doesn't matter that much. It was delicious! I also had a piece of Hot Diggity's pizza and it was amazing as well.

The menu at When Pigs Fly had plenty of other offering like soups, salads and sandwiches that sounded really good, but don't pass by the pizza. It's made with fresh, tasty ingredients and it's baked in a wood-fired oven.

The When Pigs Fly restaurant is a must, but don't go into the retail store unless you are trying to bulk up.

Frankly, Hot Diggity and Yank love good food (and we love sharing it with you)!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What City (or State) Is The Hot Dog Capital?

That's a question that will likely start an argument at your next party.

My initial answer is (or was) Chicago. After my Google search I realized that somehow I had forgotten about New Jersey. New Jersey is loaded with great hot dog joints, including Rutt's Hut, my favorite New Jersey joint.

At the top of my Google search was New Castle, PA. They made the list by producing the world's record largest hot dog at 16 feet, 1 inch. Sorry New Castle, that makes you weird not the Hot Dog Capital.

I grew up really liking hot dogs, especially a hot dog at Fenway. Put a hot dog and Coke in my hand while Dick Radatz was on the mound for the Red Sox and it just doesn't get any better. I really liked those dogs, but my real love for hot dogs was a result of the many awesome hot dog joints in Connecticut. Sure you had to wait 45 minutes to get your lunch at Rawley's in Fairfield, the lines weren't as long but the dogs were still amazing a Swanky Franks in Norwalk. Dinner at Jimmies of Savin Rock in West Haven always meant a couple of split and griddled dogs that were hard to beat.

Well there is another area of the country that is coming on strong and may present a challenge for the Hot Dog Capital title. Los Angeles has discovered the benefits of the All-American hot dog. L.A. has had the renowned Pink's Hot Dogs since 1939, but recently several serious "tubular meat" alternatives have opened prompting many to refer to "lala land" as Hot Dog Town.

Post a comment if you have an opinion. Is the answer Chicago? We shouldn't forget New York? Is it Boston? What did I leave out?

Frankly, Yank loves hot dogs!

Monday, November 7, 2011

I Found the Perfect Dessert Recipe ~ Whoopie (Pie)

The official Yank's Franks Whoopie Pie has been found. After trial and error (well, maybe not error so much as "less than perfect" ) we have created an awesome, authentic-Maine, 100% made in the USA, delicious Whoopie Pie.

The three Whoopies pictured here (the top Whoopie filling is colored with red food coloring) were part of a batch of 24 that were finished at 4:00 this afternoon. Now, here I am at 8:30 this evening and there are exactly none left.

According to Hot Diggity, "these are the absolute best Whoopie Pies I have ever had!"

The other two taste-testers, The French Fry King and Double Dog Dennis had similar comments which lead me to announce, Yank's Franks Whoopie Pies are the winner of the Best Dessert on the east coast.

I love when we win an award...even when I am the only judge.

Franlky, we serve the BEST Whoopie Pies!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Yank's Franks Test Kitchen Will Open Today ~ Whoopie!

As many of you know, Yank's Franks did not have a dessert to offer this past season. Some considered it very surprising considering my love for dessert and my belief that dessert is the most important part of every meal. I'm not the kind of person that believes in eating dessert first, but I definitely enjoy eating it last.

During our first (partial) season we offered Cool Dogs for dessert. They were tasty, but they were expensive. We opted to eliminate them from the menu for season two. A few customers asked for them, but I felt they were more expensive than they were tasty.

We considered Hoodsies for season two. We wanted to offer Hoodsies that were branded with the Red Sox. It would be a small attempt to reinforce the fact that we are NOT Yankees fans, we are Red Sox fans. We had some difficulty selecting a good combination of branded and tasty Hoodsies and before I knew it, the season was nearly over.

Well, inspiration struck just yesterday as I perused a recipe book aisle. I won't tell you exactly what I'm thinking until the idea and the recipe pass muster, but I've included a photo as a subtle hint.

Frankly, yesterday's trip wasn't a total bust!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Three Dog Night, by Yank (Mama Told Me Not To Come)

I had been jonesin' for a hot dog all week. I've been dreaming about Chicago Dogs and day dreamin' about Chili Dogs.

Today was my big chance. You see, IMHO (that's, In My Humble Opinion) once Yank's Franks closes for the season, I have to drive a considerable distance for a great hot dog.

Hot Diggity and I had planned a day-trip to the north, specifically to the Rockland, Camden area. With that in mind I had Wasses etched into the "Foodie" section of my brain.

We got on the road and I was excited with anticipation.

Then, about 90 minutes into our trip, Hot Diggity spotted a sign...Morse's Sauerkraut, 7 miles, next left. I have been planning to visit Morse's for well over a year when I received a recommendation from a well known Maine Foodie blogger and later another recommendation from a member of the Yank's Franks tasting team (The French Fry King). So, blinker on, left lane, left turn, 7 miles and we are there.

The deal at Morse's is, they have only a few tables. Okay, I'm not criticizing
(after all, Yank's doesn't have very many tables), I'm just saying. You leave your name with the hostess and, at the same time, you place your order. Very clever way to move things along.

My choice was simple, 2 hot dogs served on a pretzel roll...let me say that again, a pretzel! Wait just one minute, they have another choice on the menu that includes those same two hot dogs and mac n' cheese. Holy Wiener Heaven Batman. I'll have that! Hot Diggity had something else, blah, blah, blah (not a hot dog).

We were called to our table and once we sat down I noticed 2 crocks of pickles. One half sour and one sour, all for me. I know what your thinking, that Yank guy is living right.

This is the hard part, you see I have never posted a review of any place that wasn't an excellent review. If you have nothing good to say, then don't say anything. Sound familiar? Yes, my mother used to say that too.

Here was disappointing. The pretzel rolls were really no big deal. In fact, they tasted nothing like pretzels and they were too big to be holding these hot dogs. The mustard, that was my fault, I selected the Whole Grain Dijon and the Hot German (mustard, that is). The dijon tasted funny, but the German was pretty good. Since it was a sauerkraut place, I asked for some sauerkraut. It arrived cold. I asked and was told that it is normally served cold, but she offered to heat it if I chose. I declined since I wanted to experience the kraut their way. I've heard of others serving cold sauerkraut. Actually, it wasn't others, it was one other and I just heard it a few weeks back. At a joint we sampled (and didn't write about, hint, hint) the owner told us she serves it cold and one of her customers started screaming at the cook for not heating it up.

Once I tried the cold kraut on my hot dog, I realized that I don't like cold kraut.I picked it off and finished both hot dogs. In fact, in a stroke of genius (read, hunger) I added some of those free and delicious sour pickles to my hot dog.

In summary...the pickles were great! And, I wasn't done, Wasses was a little further to the north. All is well!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Top Dog of Rockport ~ Awesome!!!

Today was a rainy and chilly day in Rockport. That really didn't matter to the Yank's Franks Team because Rockport is a fantastic destination no matter what the weather.

On our stroll down Bearskin Neck we passed by several seafood restaurants because we had our plans to stop on the ride home at one of my favorite seafood joints, Woodman's of Essex. I had deep fried lobster on my mind.

Hot Diggity and I, along with Bad Dog Barbara (pictured right enjoying her Bad Dog) and Shaggy Dog Howard (below left enjoying his Shaggy Dog) meandered along the charming lane that stretches the length of the Neck and Lo and Behold...a Hot Dog Joint.

Top Dog of Rockport was staring at me and screaming, "Yank, get in here and have a dog!" (I take medicine in an attempt to control the voices)

I apologized to the others and explained my need to silence the voices. As it turned out the others wanted a dog as well (this was the beginning of the end of the Woodman's idea).

My choice was the Golden Retriever topped with Bacon (the owner, Scott's recommendation). Griddled and served on a buttered and toasted New England style bun (sound familiar?) and swimming in mac 'n cheese. Holy Hot Dog Batman!!! this hot dog was great.

The other's had the Shaggy Dog and the Bad Dog and all reports were fantastic. The Fries were great and the Homemade Onions Rings were spectacular.

Only one bad thing to report...if I had realized at the time that we weren't going to Woodman's, I would have had two more dogs. That would have made it a perfect trip.

Thanks Scott!

Frankly, Yank knows a good dog when he tastes it!

Monday, October 10, 2011

A Five Day Waiting Period to Purchase a Hot Dog???

After an incident on the 7th green at Cordevalle where Tiger Woods was attacked by a "hot dog slinging" fan (well, maybe not a fan of Tiger), officials now are focused on the dangers of hot dogs. According to one security expert attending the tournament, "It wasn't a chili dog, that could have been really bad."

I'm hoping all of you will agree with me when I say, "if we make it a crime to carry a hot dog, only know the rest."

To slightly modify the words of the great Homer Simpson, "What do you mean I have to wait 5 days for a hot dog permit...I'm hungry now!"

Frankly, Yank's Franks chili dogs would never be tossed!

Friday, October 7, 2011

M*A*S*H Fans and Hot Dog Lovers Rejoice

The Toledo, Ohio Hot Dog Joint made famous by M*A*S*H's lovable cross-dressing Max Klinger will stay in the family. The ownership of Tony Packo's was settled by a judge yesterday and the legendary "Joint" will continue to be operated by the Packo family. Read more here.

While the M*A*S*H television show ended 30 years ago, the restaurant's chili dog continues to be a fan favorite. While I am certain the Tony Packo's Chili Dog is delicious, I believe the Yank's Franks Chili Dog can't be beat.

Frankly, Tony Packo's would make a great stop on a Hot Dog road trip!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Badger Burger...The Next Burger Lover's Craze!

Foodie Blogger and Hamburger Aficionado, Chubby Werewolf has been asked by the folks at Wisconsin Cheese Talk to create and publish his best shot at an awesome burger. And, for those of you who don't know, Yank's Franks (more specifically, Yank) loves a great cheeseburger.

Inspired by one of his favorite college football teams, Chubby began to construct the perfect "Badger Burger"

Chubby established parameters for this project that were designed to pay proper homage to this cheeseburger's Wisconsin roots, as well as, to the personality of the Badger's mascot. The recipe was also developed to be "tailgate-party friendly"

Check out the recipe and get ready to salivate.

Frankly, this is one heck of a burger!

Monday, September 19, 2011

America's Best Selling Condiment???

Did you guess mustard? Perhaps my photo threw you off. While my answer would be mustard, that's net even close.

Did you guess ketchup? Great guess, but ketchup isn't even in second place.

I'll give you a hint...if you order America's best selling condiment on your hot dog, I will reluctantly put it on your dog, but it will go on the bun before the hot dog. Why, because I don't even want to see it (let alone have other customers see it) so I'll hide it as much as possible.

Did you guess it yet?

I dislike this condiment so much, I'm not going to tell you the answer here. You'll have to click this link to find the answer.

If you want this condiment on your hot dog just ask, but please don't ask me to put it on top of the dog. We aim to please (which is why we will put ketchup on a hot dog even if you're more than 8 years old), but we don't have to like it.

Frankly, we serve the BEST mustard!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Hot Dog Wars Move to the Court Room

In a fight over the best hot dog, Sara Lee (maker of Ball Park Franks) and Kraft Foods (maker of Oscar Mayer) have taken their BEEF to the courts.

The arguments center around a hot dog taste test which Oscar Mayer claims to have won. Sara Lee has claimed that the taste test was deeply flawed for a variety of reasons.

My questions is this...How can you possibly have a national taste test for the best hot dog and leave out the very best hot dog made by Hummel Bros. for Yank's Franks?

I have had many Ball Park Franks and many Oscar Mayer Wieners. Those hot dogs are very good, but they are not even close to Hummel Bros. No wonder they kept Hummel out of their test.

We've said it before and we'll say it again...

Frankly, WE serve the BEST dogs!

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Hot Dog Man Tours Southern Maine

Photo courtesy of The Hot Dog Man and his fancy schmancy camera.

The Hot Dog Man and his wife, Mrs. HDM set out on a tour of Southern Maine and his first guessed it, Yank's Franks.

The Hot Dog Man pulled into the Yank's Franks parking lot at about noon last Friday. He and Mrs. HDM unloaded their fancy, schmancy video equipment from their vehicle and proceeded to snap photos and conduct interviews for his Yank's Franks review.

Frankly, we can't wait to see the final result.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Yank's Franks Scores High In "New England's Best Hot Dog" Poll

Yank's Franks takes second place in the voting for New England's Best Hot Dog. Not bad for a "hot dog joint" that opened less than a year ago.

Yank's was up against some of the toughest competition in New England.

Connecticut alone is home to some amazing hot dog joints (after all it was a Connecticut Hot Dog Joint that was the inspiration behind Yank's) scattered all over the State.

Rhode Island has great places and has their own method of serving dogs, oddly enough called New York System Weiners. Yank's Franks customers from Rhode Island rave about them.

Maine has the old stand by Flo's one of this year's nominees and winner last year.

Anyway, this isn't about the other hot dog joints, this article is about the wonderful people that voted for Yank's Franks in this year's NECN poll , Baby You're the Best!

Thank you all for taking the time to vote for Yank's Franks, it is very much appreciated.

Frankly, Yank's Franks has the BEST customers!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Yank's Franks Is One of Five Nominated For BEST Hot Dog in New England

After less than a year in business, Yank's Franks is up against some very tough competition to become The Best in New England.

If you enjoy Yank's Franks hot dogs, please go to his link and vote for Yank's.

It would be amazing to win. With your help, it could happen. Our competition has many years of devoted customers, and they are all amazing "Hot Dog Joints."

We've got our fingers crossed. Thanks to all that nominated Yank's Franks.

Frankly, we have the BEST customers!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Foodie Blog, Chubby Werewolf Reviews Yank's Franks

Photo courtesy of Chubby Werewolf
Popular Maine Food Critic and blogger of Life in Maine, Chubby Werewolf has written a review of his recent visit to Yank's Franks. Chubby not only writes about his opinion of the hot dogs (pictured is the Yank's Frank that Chubby enjoyed), but he also gives a great description of Yank's almost famous Pulled Pork sandwich.

Check it out! If you are living in Southern Maine or visiting the Greater Portland area, do yourself a favor and read Chubby's articles on What To Do and Where To Eat. If you follow Chubby's suggestions, you will greatly enhance your Southern Maine experience.

If you're a Foodie and enjoy a perfect burger, Chubby devotes an entire section (Burger Watch) to his efforts to seek the ultimate burger. Warning - proceed cautiously through this section if you are hungry.

Thanks, Chubby for the great review. We are so happy you enjoyed your lunch.

Frankly, I Love Working at Yank's Franks! We Meet The Nicest People.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

"Hot Dog" Mike Returns To Yank's Franks

He's back! One of the authors of the very popular Hot Dog Blog, The Hot Dog I Ate, Mike returned to Yank's Franks today with his lovely wife, Samantha. (and this time it wasn't by accident). As you may recall, his last visit was a result of a surprise sighting of Yank's by Samantha during their journey north. The bad news, at that time, was that they had stopped a short while earlier at Flo's for some dogs. Being a true "veteran hot dogger" that wasn't going to totally stop Mike. He found room for one Yank's Frank.

On this trip Mike had Yank's Franks as the destination and we were thrilled. After Mike and Samantha finished their meals the customer traffic slowed as if on cue. We had some time for some "hot dog talk" and just to visit.

Both Hot Diggity and I are now into our 3rd careers and the great thing is that "Hot Doggers" are the absolute best people.

Thanks for stopping Mike and Samantha!

Frankly, Hot Diggity and I love being Hot Doggers!

Friday, July 8, 2011

The Yank's Franks Testing Kitchen Re-Opens

It's been a long while since the Yank's Franks test kitchen has been open, but we had a special reason to unlock the doors and fire up the cooking equipment. As you (hopefully) read in my previous article, we were recently visited by Chubby Werewolf and he came to Yank's bearing gifts.

On the menu for the testing were Zweigle Red & Whites and Skyline Original Chili. Both were products we were excited to sample.

Double Dog Dennis, The French Fry King and I were all present. Unfortunately, Hot Diggity was unavailable as she was visiting her 8 month old grandson, The Hot Dog Cowboy.

As you can see from the photo (above), the Dogs were served on buns that are not typical of Yank's Franks. They were given to us by our baker, Fantini Bakery to test out. Also, what Hot Dog Tasting could be conducted without fries? So, it was homemade Cajun Fries to keep The French Fry King smiling. And, it was One Red and One White Zweigle's for each of us to keep Double Dog Dennis happy. What kept me happy? I started with two vodka martinis. That'll do it.

I had my Red Dog with Cincinnati-Style Chili and My White Dog with my favorite mustard, Kosciusko. The Dogs...both of them were absolutely delicious. To me, the look of the White Dog was a bit scary. While I have tried White Dogs at Heid's of Liverpool, that was over 30 years ago. If you have never had a white dog, give it a try. They are awesome!

Onto the Chili. The Skyline Chili is what I was really looking forward to as I have heard so much about it. The first thing I noticed was the aroma. I have opened several different brands of chili from cans, and have been consistently repulsed by the odor. Not at all true with Skyline. While the aroma was subtle, it was pleasant.

The next obvious characteristic is the consistency. It was very soupy. I didn't know what to make of this as I worried it would be too runny for a hot dog topping. In the ingredients list on the can, listed first is beef (which I think means beef would be the ingredient most prominent). I continue to be skeptical that beef deserves top billing.

And finally the taste. The Cincinnati-Style Chili was delicious. It definitely reminded me of Mexican Mole (which I love) as it has a hint of a chocolate flavor. Good Mexican Mole just has a hint of little that you almost have to concentrate while tasting to get it. The same is true of this chili. After having the Chili on my hot dog, I had more with just a spoon. Awesome Chili! So good that our Annual Cross-Country Hot Dog Tour may include a swing through Cincinnati.

As to whether Cincinnati Chili makes its way onto the Yank's Franks menu is still undecided. The consistency makes it a messy and difficult topping. It also bothers me that people would know if served a chili that spent time in the can. I have always considered chili in a can as wrong. We'll see. Maybe that trip to Cincinnati will give us a different perspective. I'll let you know.

A special Thank you to Chubby Werewolf for this fantastic meal.

Frankly, Yank loves Chili Dogs!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Chubby Werewolf Visits Yank's Franks

Chubby and Yank

We had a special visitor today at Yank's Franks. It was a great way to begin the day, meeting someone that writes an amazing blog focused on, among other things, one of my favorite

Chubby Werewolf himself showed up early this morning and introduced himself to Hot Diggity. While I was at the grill, I heard his discussion and I was so excited. Chubby and I had corresponded shortly after his first visit to Yank's last year.

This time Chubby came bearing gifts, and awesome gifts they are. A couple of cans of Skyline Chili (Cincinnati-Style Chili) and a package of Zweigle's Red & White Hot Dogs.

Okay, Chubby really writes a great blog, but boy oh boy does he know what to bring a "hot dogger" for a gift.

Thank you so much, Chubby. Hot Diggity and I have a special dinner planned with some "hot dog" friends and I have already told them what's on the menu. Now, we're all excited.

Frankly, Yank & Hot Diggity have met some fantastic people!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

July is National Hot Dog Month

We would love to see you at Yank's Franks to celebrate National Hot Dog Month.

Try a different combination of toppings each day. Let us know your favorite.

Someone recently ordered The Angry Dog topped with Onions and Jalapenos. It sounds delicious, but I may wait until October to try it myself.

Frankly, we serve the BEST dogs!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

BBQ Pulled Pork in Wells, Maine???

BBQ purists will scoff, but hold on Bubba. This BBQ was conjured up in Texas and you can taste it in every bite.

Yank's Franks serves a BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich with Award Winning, DennyMike's BBQ Sauces. Whether you choose your sandwich sweet or spicy you will be coming back for more.

If you're are afraid to try our spicy sandwich, made with DennyMike's Hot'n Nasty, don't be. It has a kick, but it's also very smooth. Don't let the name fool you. Ask us to top it with dill pickle slices. If you like a little more spice (oh yeah!) ask for the Jalapenos on your sandwich. Either way, you can't go wrong.

So there you have it, a little bit of Texas right here in Southern Maine. It's Yank's Franks and DennyMike's...giddyup!

Frankly, our BBQ is amazing!

Monday, June 27, 2011

It's Hot Dog Season in Southern Maine

Yank's Franks is open and the Hot Dogs are movin'.

Hot Dog season has finally started. On a hot summer day, nothing goes better than a delicous "Yank's Frank." It's a perfect Hummel hot dog gridddled up and resting on a buttered and toasted, NE style bun. We'll top it with Rayes DownEast Mustard, sweet relish, onions, a slice of tomato and a slice of dill pickle. All this finished off with a dusting of celery salt. It's a smorgasbord happening in your mouth.

Don't forget to get a Yank's Root Beer (we now make a diet Root Beer...many of you asked, we listened).

We look forward to seeing you!

Frankly, we have the BEST customers!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Father's Day Idea ~ For The Dad With Everything

It's Father's Day. Is your dad one of those guys who already has everything? Well, I bet he doesn't have a Yank's Franks Gift Certificate.

I've never met a great Dad that didn't love hot dogs!

Stop by Yank's Franks this weekend and get Dad the perfect gift. While you're at it, get yourself a hot dog and an order of onion rings.

Frankly, we have a great Father's Day gift!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Yank's Franks Opening Weekend

Yank's Franks would like to thank everyone that helped make our opening weekend so GREAT!

We said it last year and we'll say it again...we didn't realize that one of the best benefits of opening a "hot dog joint" would be all the new friends we are meeting.

Appearing for the first time, the Burgers, the BBQ Pulled Pork and The Angry Dog were tried by a few of you. But, it was the beloved favorites that stole the show... The Wells Beach Dog, The Chili Dog and The Yank's Frank were clearly the huge sellers for the weekend.

Thanks again everyone that stopped in to say hello and get their hot dog fix. And those of you that couldn't make it, we look forward to seeing you soon.

Frankly, we have the BEST customers!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Where Can You Go and Have a Gluten-Free Hot Dog, Burger, Or Pulled Pork Sandwich...Yank's Franks!

Yank's Franks hot dogs are too good to pass up, even if you suffer from Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance. Well, there is no need to ask for your hot dog or burger "just plain, without the bun."

Yank's Franks is working with Rudi's Gluten-Free Bakery from Boulder, Colorado. Rudi's bakes both gluten-free Hot Dog Buns and gluten-free Hamburger Buns which will allow more customers to fully enjoy their visit to Yank's Franks.

Both of these products are new to the market and Yank's Franks is thrilled to have this option available, making our menu more accessible to a wider variety of guests.

Frankly, we serve the BEST dogs!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Yank's Franks is That Way

Coming Soon!

If you're hopping off the highway and approaching Wells, or if you're leaving the beach to grab a delicious and quick lunch...just follow the signs to Yank's Franks.

They'll be up soon and if your jonesin' for a delicious hot dog with some extra crispy fries, just follow the signs.

Frankly, I really love our signs!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Yank's Franks and Baseball ~ Little League Style

Cody shows off his Yank's Franks RiverDogs
team shirt. Lookin' good Cody.

The Yank's Franks crew went mobile for the first time. Opening Day of the Wells~Ogunquit Little League kicked off yesterday. The day was a big hit for Yank's Franks as we served nearly 300 grilled hot dogs with all proceeds going to support the Little Leaguers.

The volunteers that run this amazing program stopped by several times to thank us, but the truth is we had a fantastic day and we thank them for letting us be a part of it.

As one of our Facebook Fans reminded us, Wells is the Friendliest Town in Maine. It really is true. We met so many great ballplayers and parents.

To top off an otherwise perfect day, the team Yank's Franks is supporting this year, The River Dogs, won both ends of the Opening Day double header. Congratulations to them and all the Little Leaguers that kicked off what will certainly be a great season.

Frankly, we are lucky to be in Wells, Maine!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

What Two Words Does Yank Love?

Lynn, wake up!

Food Show!

That's right, Yank, Hot Diggity and (the recently crowned) French Fry King spent the afternoon thoroughly enjoying the Sysco Food Show.

Of course, the primary goal of attending a Food Show is new menu ideas. This show didn't disappoint. It provided a great menu idea for our upcoming season (which, by the way, is just a little over three weeks away).

I'm going to hold off on telling you what this idea is. The truth be told, most of you won't think of it as anything groundbreaking, but those that have followed our progress will be surprised (pleasantly surprised, I believe).

Some of the ideas for the coming season that I've discussed before are taking shape. I would like to share a couple of them with you.

This year you will see a Pulled Pork Sandwich on the menu. You'll have your choice between a Sweet (not too sweet) BBQ Sauce or a Spicy and Smooth BBQ Sauce.

Also, new to the menu is a Specialty Dog that I'm thinking of calling, The Angry Dog, The Dog That Bites Back! It will be made with the new Yank's Angry Sauce. really will bite you back.

The season is getting close. We can't wait.

Frankly, we serve a very Angry Hot Dog Sauce!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Opening Soon! May 21st is Opening Day for Yank's Franks

Yank's Franks Opening Day will be Saturday, May 21st. Yank's will be open weekends (Saturday and Sunday) from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Beginning Saturday, June 18th, Yank's will be open 7 days per week from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The 7-day per week schedule will continue through Labor Day, Monday, September 5th. After Labor Day, Yank's will be back on the weekend schedule through Columbus Day, Monday, October 10th.

We're getting excited, we're working on new Specialty Dogs, the perfect Pulled Pork Sandwich and a few other new offerings. If you are a fan of Yank's Super Crispy French Fries, you'll love the Chili Fries (or the Chili-Cheddar Fries). And speaking of chili, Yank's Beantown Chili will be available by the cup during the entire season.

We have a new sign being built. It will certainly be up before opening day. When it's ready, I'll have photos so you will know what to look for.

And last but not least (okay, maybe it is least), we have a new name for one of our hot dog researchers. The Hot Dog King has been stripped of his title, but don't feel bad for him. He still is King except from here on he'll be referred to as The French Fry King. This new title is far more appropriate and frees up The Hot Dog King title for someone who is a true lover of encased meats. The French Fry King's true passions are Cheeseburgers and French Fries.

That's it for now. I'll keep you posted.

Frankly, we can't wait until Opening Day!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Yank's Franks Is Showing Up All Over The Hot Dog World

Exactly what does this mean? I'm sorry, I really have no idea. However, it is always nice to be noticed and if you click around Bump's Guide, it's kind of fun.

Hot Dog Season, aka Baseball Season is upon us, and it is predicted by Major League Baseball that us fans will consume 22.5 million hot dogs at ball parks during this 2011 season. In another stunning prediction, Hot Dogger Extraordinaire, Yank predicts the Boston Red Sox will win the American League Pennant and will go on to take the World Series in six games. Let me be the first to congratulate the Red Sox.

Frankly, Yank's Franks loves the Boston Red Sox!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Hoss & Mary's Tasty Grub ~ Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Take a trip to Old Orchard Beach and don't miss Hoss & Mary's Tasty Grub. Hoss & Mary's had their pre-opening today and their official opening is tomorrow.

Three fourths of the Yank's Franks research crew, Double Dog Dennis, The Hot Dog King and I traveled north in anticipation of some "tasty grub." We entered Hoss & Mary's new restaurant (they used to operate Tradewinds Cafe) and we were overwhelmed. What a fantastic place and it's on the beach. As they advertise, Hoss & Mary's is, "In the shadow of the roller coaster!"

As for our expectations of the tasty grub, we talked about it all the way home. It was awesome. Double Dog Dennis got a cheeseburger and fries ( a little boring DD) which he thoroughly enjoyed. The Hot Dog King decided on The Foghorn Leghorn, a cheeseburger topped with chicken fingers, lettuce, tomato and mayo. He is known as The Hot Dog King, but had I been a little more patient in assigning him his hot dog name, he would have been The French Fry King. Needless to say, he selected and loved the fries. For me it was The Moultron, a sandwich named after another of Hoss & Mary's faithful customers(and obviously a foodie genius). My sandwich was simply a cheeseburger topped with a grilled hot dog. I added mustard to make my sandwich the little piece of foodie heaven that I am still dreaming about. My fries were excellent, but that sandwich...WOW!

It's definitely worth a trip up to Old Orchard Beach. Enjoy the rides, enjoy the beach...but you have to eat at and enjoy Hoss & Mary's Tasty Grub. Their menu has something for everyone and from the comments and observations of everyone that showed up today, everything is just amazing.

Frankly, the Yank's Franks research team knows where to dine!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Yank's Franks Checks Out Vienna Beef Hot Dogs

Hot Diggity and I were invited to Boston today to speak with representatives of Chicago's Legendary, Vienna Beef. The purpose was to discuss whether Vienna Beef Hot Dogs would be a good fit at Yank's Franks.

In addition to the Vienna Beef rep. we were warmly greeted by Grady, the founder and owner of Windy City Eats, the awesome Weymouth, Mass. hot dog joint that serves nothing but Vienna Beef products. Hot Diggity and I thoroughly enjoyed a Windy City authentic Chicago Dog at last year's Hot Dog Safari. That Chicago Dog was easily the highlight of the Safari.

In addition to hearing some of the benefits of Vienna Beef and their products, Grady from Windy City Eats had prepared for us some of his delicious Hot Dog Chili and Spicy Polish Sausage. Both were exceptional.

All this is what's known as food for thought.

Frankly, Yank's Franks serves the BEST dogs!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Breaking New Grounds ~ Perkins Cove

What a nice afternoon that Hot Diggity and I had. While cruisin' through Perkins Cove, we stumbled upon a great little coffee shop. We aren't ones that can pass up a coffee shop especially when it comes with a million dollar view (inflation adjusted, it's a 5 million dollar view). There it was sitting right on the open ocean, Breaking New Grounds Coffee & Tea.

What a find! The coffee was superb, the ambiance was unbeatable and the friendly staff made the visit all the better.

This is an official Yank's Franks recommendation...if you're a local, get there before the season kicks into high gear. If you're visiting for summer vacation, plan on a trip to Perkins Cove (you'll probably go there anyway) and keep your eyes peeled for Breaking New Grounds. The chief Barista, Ed tells us that in the summer there are Adirondack chairs out on the rocks for customers to enjoy. I'm telling you, not only will you enjoy their coffee (their bagels and pastries looked amazing), but you'll have a chance to live like a millionaire lounging on the rocky Maine Coast.

Breaking New Grounds has all the specialty coffee and tea drinks you could want and there's a bagel or pastry for every taste.

Frankly, Yank's Franks serves the BEST dogs! But, we do love our coffee especially when it comes with a magnificent ocean view.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Have You Eaten At Yank's Franks Lately?

That's what people will be asking their friends when they taste the new toppings at Yank's Franks this year.

Let me back up a little. I have been wanting to find a special, Yank's Franks Sauce to top our hot dogs. People love our Ridge Relish, it's delicious. People love Flo's Relish, but while it's good, it's not for me. People love the Zun Relish at Edgar's Olde Mill Burgers, but that's not what I put on his awesome burgers.

Sometimes I feel a bit frustrated, but searching for just the right combination of flavors that I would call my absolute favorite has been a very tasty mission as well.

That search has finally paid dividends (can you tell I'm an accountant?). I stumbled upon a small creator and purveyor of mustards, relishes and other sassy sauces. W.O. Hesperus Co. Right here in Southern Maine, they create some of the tastiest condiments you'll ever eat. The genius behind these condiments, Dan Stevens has taste buds that were trained on New Orleans cuisine. When he returned to Maine, he soon found that if he wanted truly amazing sauces, he would have to make them himself. That's what he's doing and Yank's Franks will be a beneficiary of that determination.

The local tasting team of Hot Diggity, Double Dog Dennis, The Hot Dog King and I headed out for yet another tasting field trip. We tasted relish (with red chiles and seaweed), and we tasted mustard (with cayenne pepper and Garlic). We tasted Dan's fantastic Canceaux Sauce, that has won so many awards Dan can barely keep up with adding them to his website. And, we tasted his Bar Harbor-Que Sauce, a tangy sweet BBQ sauce that is so well balanced everyone will love it.

After tasting so many unbelievable condiments, my mouth and taste buds were kicked into neutral. Another taste would have been futile. Yet there was one more sauce that I had to try. The Boston Red Sauce is a must for a kid from Boston. I took a bottle to go.

So, here I am sitting at my computer and I am going to the test kitchen to give the Boston Red Sauce a try. I'll be right back.

Okay, I'm back. Hang on, I've got to go get a drink of water.

Back again, holy cow is this sauce hot. I'm trying to tough it out and not leave you for another water or piece of bread, but I had that spoonful of Boston Red Sauce about four minutes ago and I am sweating on my forehead, my upper lip and my lower lip. It is...

I'm sorry, I didn't even warn you, I went for more water and I brought the bottle back with me. No more interuptions.

The Boston Red Sauce is awesome, but it is very hot. We may offer this at Yank's Franks this coming season, and I assure you that anyone requesting it will be told that it is delicious and very hot.

It's been one of the best and most rewarding field trips we have taken and we didn't have to go very far. Now, more than ever, we can't wait until our season begins. The new toppings we select as a result of visiting the W.O. Hesperus Co. are going to be awesome.

Frankly, we serve the BEST dogs...and we serve the best toppings!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Year of the Hot Dog

At Yank's Franks, 2011 is The Year of the Hot Dog.

Confirmed by, Every Day with Rachel Ray editor-in-chief Liz Vaccariello, she says, "I am personally excited about this...I am a hot dog girl!"

While July is National Hot Dog Month and the summer is hot dog season, right now is Hot Dog Spring Training. Loyal baseball fans are flocking to Spring Training Camps to view pre-season games, meet the players, get autographs and eat hot dogs.

So, there's no question, 2011 is gonna be big in the Hot Dog World and the season is getting off to a great start.

At Yank's Franks, we can't wait to get started. Our current plan (and it is subject to change) is to open for the season on May 21st. We will open weekends only until June 25th. Starting June 25th, we plan to be open 7 days per week from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. We expect to return to the weekend schedule after Labor Day.

That's the current plan and we really are looking forward to getting started. I can taste the chili dogs melting in my mouth right now.

One last's a sneak peek at something we are considering. We may be selling Yank's Franks tee shirts that will more than pay for themselves. More on this to follow.

Frankly, we can't wait to get started on our 2011 Hot Dog Season!

Friday, March 4, 2011

While in Maine, Find Out What's Hot


Here is a new offbeat blog that will seek out (among other things), America's best hamburger. The photo to the left accompanied Chubby's review of a Portland, Maine restaurant named Local 188. Go to Chubby Werewolf's blog to see how this Local 188 Brunch Burger stacks up against others.

Chubby himself made an appearance at Yank's Franks back in early October. He arrived unannounced and never identified himself until he wrote a great online review of Yank's Franks. Thanks, Chubby!

For insight into Portland's pop culture, reviews of popular movies, life in Maine, and my favorite, the hunt for the perfect cheeseburger (only one thing could be better...the hunt for the perfect hot dog) visit Chubby Werewolf's site and check back often, it's full of great ideas.

Frankly, Yank's Franks serves the BEST dogs!
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