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A time of thanks: the wacky, wonderful Franksgiving Dog is back

A time of thanks: the wacky, wonderful Franksgiving Dog is back

Jack McLaughlin

Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace (248 S. 4th St.) has made a name for itself in the Columbus food scene by pushing the limits of the hot dog to the extreme. With everything from baked beans to tater tots to Sriracha slaw utilized as toppings, it’s clear that the downtown eatery is grounded in the deliciously weird and wild.

But every November there’s one item on the Dirty Frank’s  menu that blows the rest of these out of the water, both in terms of eccentricity and—as its legions of die-hard fans will tell you—in terms of taste as well.

That one item is the singular, sought-after Franksgiving hot dog. Available this year from Nov. 4 until Nov. 30, this dog recalls your favorite Thanksgiving feast. It comes fully loaded with stuffing, mashed potatoes, scallions, gravy, and even a side of cranberry sauce for the exceptionally brave.


“Basically, they were thinking about how to get Thanksgiving on a hot dog,” said Dirty Frank’s General Manager Steve Heighton.

And while it might at first seem like a one-and-done gimmick to some, according to Heighton, the restaurant has been selling Franksgiving Dogs for nearly a decade, and they continue to be wildly popular, regularly eclipsing all other seasonal dog offerings.

“People literally wait all year long for it,” said Heighton. “It’s by far our most popular speciality item.”

What’s more, if you’re vegan or vegetarian, you can still enjoy an equally decked-out version of the Franksgiving Dog, one that uses a meatless hot dog and a vegetable-mushroom gravy.

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