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With the announcement this week that our local hot dog institution Frank is expanding south to San Antonio, we thought it’d be the perfect time for a look at what’s made hot dogs and cold beer such a sensation.

Austinites are flocking to Epicerie for its French-Louisiana inspired cuisine, great selection of cheeses, and beignets.  

Here are three can't-miss brunches in Austin. Check them out!

A "Dog"-Gone Good Brunch at Frank

09.30.2015 by: Leah McGarry
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Don’t be fooled by Frank’s tagline “hot dogs cold beer” because they’re serving up a brunch that’s so much more.

We arrived to the restaurant just after they opened at 10am (early brunch is a plus for this new mom). Tables were already filling up, but we were able to snag a shaded picnic table out front. The weather was perfect, and sitting outside in the heart of downtown almost made it feel like we were on vacation. And despite just a few tables and patrons outside, the service was on point.

We started our meal with delicious coffees. For me, the Frank Crank - a specially blended cold brew toddy with house-made chocolate ganache, vanilla syrup and milk. This drink disappeared before I even selected my meal! For regular coffee drinkers, don’t be shy about asking for a to-go cup since refills are free.

Frank Crank made with house ganache, vanilla syrup and milk

We then upped the ante with the Red Headed Stranger - Frank’s version of a bloody mary complete with bacon infused Tito’s vodka, signature seasoned salt, and dressed with bacon, cheddar cheese, jalapeno stuffed olive and pepperoncini. At $10 this drink is pretty steep, but they work hard to make it over the top.

Red Headed Stranger - Frank's anything-but-boring Bloody Mary

For it being a “hot dog” restaurant, I was surprised to find so many interesting choices on the brunch menu. I actually had to ask the waiter to come back a couple times because I couldn’t make up my mind. I finally selected the Maker’s Toast, which ended up being some of the best French toast I’ve ever had. Who wants regular maple syrup now when I know I can have it with Maker’s Mark Bourbon Blueberry Sauce? Hint - order it on the side so your toast stays crispy.

Maker’s Toast with Bourbon Blueberry Sauce

For a savory choice, we opted for the Pulled Pork Hash with baby spinach, breakfast potatoes, two eggs any style, and Texas toast with apple butter. Each bite just got better and better and made it hard to eat a normal breakfast every other day of the week after tasting this dish.

Pulled pork hash

I was so pleasantly surprised by the food and service and can’t wait to return to try more of the menu items that I debated over. If you’re a lover of Frank’s hot dogs, don’t wait to check out their brunch!

{Official website: Frank}

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