Let’s be Frank hotdog cart brings back an American classic

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Let’s be Frank hotdog cart brings back an American classic

A Let’s be Frank vendor prepares a Heat and a Mutt Dog while keeping an eye on the grilled onions and buns. ALICE JONES | The Broadview

A Let’s be Frank vendor prepares a Heat and a Mutt Dog while keeping an eye on the grilled onions and buns. ALICE JONES | The Broadview

A Let’s be Frank vendor prepares a Heat and a Mutt Dog while keeping an eye on the grilled onions and buns. ALICE JONES | The Broadview

A Let’s be Frank vendor prepares a Heat and a Mutt Dog while keeping an eye on the grilled onions and buns. ALICE JONES | The Broadview

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Alice Jones
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A Let’s be Frank vendor prepares a Heat and a Mutt Dog while keeping an eye on the grilled onions and buns. ALICE JONES | The Broadview

A Let’s be Frank vendor prepares a Heat and a Mutt Dog while keeping an eye on the grilled onions and buns. ALICE JONES | The Broadview

Fillmore Street is not lacking in restaurants, but the Let’s be Frank hot dog cart at the corner of Sacramento Street provides a less-extravagant meal with the same amount of flare.

With a blossoming company that includes brick and mortar shops as well as carts, owners Sue Moore and Larry Bain have worked to bring back the hot dog’s iconic position in American culture while keeping the dog contemporary with grass-fed beef and locally-farmed ingredients. Moore, being an active part of the San Francisco Sustainable Food System, has worked to make sure the ingredients for the dogs are high quality with no nitrates, nitrites, hormones or antibiotics, and has cut out the excess fat of the typical hot dog.

The turkey-filled Bird Dog and a special-order Veggie Dog provide a satisfying hot dog experience for the lunch crowd trying to cut down on red meat — or meat all together.

The cart’s four other dogs, the Mutt (beef and pork), Frank (standard dog), Heat (spicy dog) and Brat, are all perfectly juicy and the right size to tide you over until your next meal.

All hot dogs come with the option of grilled onions and organic condiments. ALICE JONES | The Broadview

All hot dogs come with the option of grilled onions and organic condiments. ALICE JONES | The Broadview

Options on the dogs include grilled-on-the-spot onions and organic yellow and Dijon mustard, ketchup, sauerkraut and relish. The daring can try the Devil Sauce, an interesting take on a chutney made with jalapenos, ginger and garlic, giving the all-American hot dog a Middle Eastern twist.

A steamed and grilled traditional white-flour bun, specially made by the Acme Bread Company, is the perfect balance of bun to dog, as well as a successful and delicious first try for Acme as it breaks into other types of rolls.

The $5.50 price tag is a little steep for a hot dog, but the dogs are consistently good and justify the price with their delicious taste and local ingredients.

Accessible to students with a 5-block walk along Fillmore Street, and combined with outdoor tables snagged from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Let’s be Frank is an easy, tasty lunch for a reasonable price.

Old hot dogs are cut into thin slices, dehydrated and freeze dried to later be sold at dog and cat store George on 2512 Sacramento St. ALICE JONES | The Broadview

Old hot dogs are cut into thin slices, dehydrated and freeze dried to later be sold at dog and cat store George on 2512 Sacramento St. ALICE JONES | The Broadview

Let’s be Frank hot dog cart
Sacramento & Fillmore streets
Thursdays 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
www.letsbefrankdogs.com

Let’s be Frank also has a shop on 3318 Steiner St. and another cart at the Warming Hut in Crissy Field.

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