Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace | Columbus, OH

I had brunch at Dirty Frank’s yesterday. Finally we can use that phrase: brunch at Dirty Frank’s. I had to take pictures of the historic occasion.

DF is the last in the line-up of Liz Lessner-led (wow, alliteration) restaurants to take up the brunch mantel. Betty’s, Surly Girl, and Tip Top have been going strong for years. The Jury Room joined up a few weeks ago. And now Dirty Frank’s. Life is good for those of us eatin’ in Columbus.

Because I’ve been frothing at the mouth for this day ever since, well, Dirty Frank’s opened, we stepped in the door at 11:05 a.m. Dirty Frank’s is already our go-to “what I’m craving” stop, so having a brunch option makes it all the more a favorite.

We were greeted with fun, bright menus. They adopted a cereal box theme, with a couple different covers.

I actually did a double-take, the first time I saw syrup on a Dirty Frank’s table.

French Toast Sticks. Big hit with our son Will. We also ordered his standard side of mac and cheese.

The Ohio Scramble: corn relish, scrambled eggs, cheese, tortilla chips. I added the hot dog, of course. Also, I just realized, looking at the picture: I think it was missing the potatoes. Oh well… return trip!

My wife had the Breakfast Nachos: tortilla chips, scrambled eggs, jalapenos, corn relish, cheese sauce, sriracha, and coney sauce. She added the hot dog and got a side of the chili.

So… have you been yet? What did you think?

If you’ve never been (in which case, shame on you):
Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace
Facebook & @DirtyFranksDogs
248 S. 4th St.
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 824-4673
Open 11-2:30a everyday (brunch served Sat & Sun, 11a-4p)

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  1. says

    I have been, and was not impressed. Hipster crowd with bad attitude servers. I sent an email to Ms. Lesner about the service we had, or lack thereof, and she fired back, extremely defensive and argumentative.All of those restaurants are like that though… I don't feel it is a good place for families, definitely not geared towards the family crowd.

  2. says

    I absolutely love all of the Liz Lessner restaurants! The menu and decor is always so creative. I can't wait to try the brunch at Dirty Franks!

  3. says

    Why, oh why, do people with kids always think that every restaurant must cater to families?? Lots of parents do just fine at her places, but they generally aren't the self entitled ones who want everyone to cater to them and their little snowflakes. You might be better off sticking to Bob Evans. I've never had bad service at Dirty Frank's or any other Lessner place and have never seen Liz handle complaints with anything other than professionalism. And no, they aren't *geared* toward kids but not every place needs to be.

  4. says

    Nalene, I'll have to agree with Stephanie. Liz doesn't market her restaurants as specifically child-friendly, but we've brought our 2.5-year-old son to Dirty Frank's and Tip Top Kitchen dozens of times, with absolutely no problems. And I've only ever seen Liz be gracious while interacting with her customers.

  5. says

    I've been to Dirty Franks with my 9 and 5 year old kids. They love it there. I've also seen other families dine there. And yes, we also eat at Bob Evans.

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