Fat Franks Bigger Better Bite
10560-114 Street, Edmonton, AB, T5H 3J7
These mobile hot dog stands have become a favourite snack-stop for many locals.
|Cuisine Type |||Fast Food|
|Ambiance |||Outdoor Dining, Casual|
|Pricing |||Less than $20|
Profile Last Updated: July 21, 2008
Fat Frank’s hot dogs are a familiar treat for people who flock to Festival City. Two of Edmonton’s most popular festivals, the Folk Festival and the Fringe Festival, feature Frank’s: The mobile hot dog carts are a fixture at those festivals, as well as other popular celebrations like the Blues Festival and the Corporate Challenge competitions. Folks who toil downtown are also familiar with the Fat Frank’s carts set up around the office towers; the lineups at noon in front of these carts can be as many as 20 people deep. On the weekends, Fat Frank’s hits popular spots like the Canadian Tire on 178 Street, the Canadian Tire on Kingsway, the Old Strathcona Farmers Market, the 104th Street Market and the Mountain Equipment Co-Op. There is also a permanent spot on Whyte Avenue between 103 and 104 streets but, alas, like the other venues, is only open for three seasons a year. In winter, Frank’s is put away for hibernation.
On the Grill
The reason folks line up is the Fat Frank’s hot dog. These aren’t pencil thin wieners of indeterminate origin and a colour not found in nature. Fat Frank’s hot dogs, like the classic honey ham smokie, are spiced, plump sausages that are a meal in a bun. They also come in cheddar jalapeno, bratwurst, and Italian flavours, as well as a vegetarian version for folks who don’t want to eat meat. The dogs can be dressed up in a range of condiments that stretch far beyond the usual ketchup and relish and can include chilli sauce, onions, sauerkraut and much more.