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S.I. Frank n' Frite

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S.I. Frank n' Frite

dairyqueen | Jul 30, 2002 08:52 AM

I noticed an earlier post that mentioned this new restaurant in passing. Since I just had a great meal there last Friday, I thought I'd give it its props.

Frank n' Frite opened 4 months ago--just blocks from the new Yankee Stadium and ferry. If you make a right on Victory Blvd. from Bay Street, you'll see its cheerful orange facade on your right (across the street, incidentally, from the tasty Los Lobos Mexican place, and down the street from the Sri Lankan Lakruwana and Polish Place on Corson Ave.). The interior of the joint and exposed kitchen is brightly painted and sparkling clean (as is the washroom). On my recent visit, I was happy to see that neighborhood folks and newly-transplanted-to-SI hipsters had discovered the place, too.

Menu options tend to be very simple, which is to their advantage. Hamburgers (never had one there), freshly grilled chicken sandwiches (thumbs up--very fresh), and terrific, terrific hot dogs. They're certainly the best on the island, but not worth going out of your way for. The hot dogs have a proper "snap" when you bite into them, and they're super juicy with a touch of spice. The sauces offered alongside the hot dogs are classic and fresh--my favorite is the tangy, freshly made pushcart onion sauce.

The frites come with a choice of about 16 sauces. I've tried the belgian style "saus", which is very mayonnaisy, and therefore, I'm told, very authentic. Not really my thing. I prefer the tangy horseradish and the uber-yummy southwest sauce, which is some kind of combo of thousand island/jalapeno/sun dried tomato. Hmm. It's better than I've just made it sound. Frites are crispy and dusted with big ol' grains of sea salt, and come packed in a takeout Chinese-food style carton. Unfortunately, that means the ones at the bottom get a bit soggy. That just means you need to eat them even faster!

Wash it all down with a huge fountain drink or cold Great Jones cherry or green apple soda.

I totally recommend paying a visit before or after a ballgame. I'm sure the 'dogs at F n' F are much better than anything offered at the stadium. Let's give this great local place some business!

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