Saturday, March 19, 2011

FRANKS N DAWGS N GUM PASTER FLOWERS

Had a hankering for hot dogs earlier this week but felt like something a little more than the standard. I had been meaning to try Hot Dougs for a while but decided that it was a bit far from where I was. I remembered hearing about a similar place with consistently shorter lines that was worth checking out...so I made my way over to Franks 'N' Dawgs on N Clybourn in the Lincoln Park/DePaul area. Once we were properly introduced to the menu by the owner, Alex Brunacci, we proceeded to order a ridiculous amount of food:

1 - Spoiled Brat - Bratwurst, Braised Red Cabbage, House Beer Mustard, Roasted Red Pepper Relish, & Parsley
2 - Truffle Mac'n'Cheese Dog - Bratwurst, Truffle Mac'n'Cheese, Parmesan, Brioche Bread Crumbs, & Thyme
3 - Brunch Dog - Pork Loin Breakfast Sausage, Cobb Smoked Bacon, Fried Egg, & Maple Mayo
4 - Triple Truffle Fries - Yukon Gold Waffle Cut Fries, Truffle Oil, Truffle Butter, Truffle Salt, & Freshly Chopped Herbs
5 - Lyonnaise Fries - Hand Cut Fries, Braised Pig Cheek, Arugula, Poached Egg, & Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette
6 - Cloe Slaw - With Raisins & Caraway

Heres the spoiled Brat & the Slaw:

The Truffle Mac'n'Cheese, Lyonnaise Fries, Brunch Dog, & Truffle Fries:

Close up of the Brunch Dog:

And the Lyonnaise fries:

& the Mac'n'Cheese Dog:

So everything was super extravagant and really awesome. The buns are really something else...apparently they are made daily. I know its a bit silly to wax on about a hot dog bun but these were seriously solid. Each hot dog was really good. A fried egg on a sausage? YES. Truffle Mac & Cheese on a hot dog? Why didn't I think of this? So good. The Lyonnaise fries were a bit soupy, which is okay. They were good but a bit salty. We did finish everything. And also had a couple peanut butter and jelly macarons from Vanille (sold at Franks N Dawgs). It was awesome. Can't wait to go back.

This past week we worked on gum paste flowers. Here are some roses:

And some toppers...with roses, carnations, daisies, 'blossoms', and foliage:

Lilies and Orchids:

Annnd thats it!

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