Good Morning Gators!
What can I say about Franks? This was an unusual visit. This place is a real Dive. It was featured on Food Networks DDD. I didn’t know that until I saw Guy’s Mug on the wall. Oh and it was also a record drive. Hour and a half.
We arrived about 1/2 an hour after opening and Franks was a flurry of activity. There are abandoned buildings all around. The lot and street around the place was full. I guessed that all this excitement was about Franks. As it turned out, it WAS. Franks. Looks like it was a train car that was converted to a Diner.
I opened the door. There was a creepy entrance hallway complete with a plastic pumpkin.
At the top of the stairs is a sliding door. I slid open the door and there it was. OMG. I briefly thought that I should just turn around and go but the fact that the place was packed gave me impression that it must be OK or they wouldn’t be slammed. I noticed that the place was a sausage fest. I think I saw one woman besides the 2 that were employees. Why? I don’t know. Maybe the ambiance? Maybe the menu? I’m not sure.
I also noticed a row of bobbleheads near the ceiling.
There was a single table available in the very back. you had to go through a door near the center, hang a right, squeeze past a half dozen booths, go through another door in the back. There was about 6 Dudes at a the “other” table back there. I took the photo of this room after they left.
There were Dinosaurs Back there.
The place was filled with memorabilia similar to the stuff you would see in a Portillos. 6 Classic Rock playing in the background 10
I made a decision to try to make this a record short visit. They had no time for my silliness.
The menu was in the condiment rack and were well worn, Frank was not spending money on anything that wasn’t vital to the operation including the menus.
Coffee was ordered. Sugar ONLY 6
The Garbage Plate was the featured Item so this is first up.
Check the link for full description but this mess was 3 eggs house made corned beef and american cheese.
As you know I am not a fan of restaurant scrambled eggs. They are never good. They are always cooked too fast so the protein strands seize up and are too rubbery. This Garbage was a decent. 7
There was a food delivery made during the meal. It was through the rear door. The delivery guy came in twice, left the door open twice and wheeled his hand truck right through the room twice.
Next up Chili Omelette.
A round disc overcooked eggs topped with house made chili. In spite of the fact that the egg was overcooked the chili made up for it. It was really dark and had a strong Chili Powder flavor. 7
This came with Toasted House Made Bread that had a butter lump and Hash Browns 7 Butter Lump 4
Last but definitely not least.House Made Pancakes with syrup cups.
The Pancakes were the highlight. Yeasty Buttery and delicious. 8 It’s a shame that they are downgraded by the crappy Syrup. Rant- Why would you take the effort to make your pancakes from scratch then serve them with High Fructose Corn Syrup Cups. -End Rant
So the wrap up is that this was quite the dining experience. Although I probably wouldn’t take the trip back it was worth it. If you are near Kenosha You need to go.