Dirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

12 Reviews
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

248 S 4th St
Columbus, Ohio, 43215-5215
United States

(614) 824-4673 | map
dirtyfrankscolumbus.com

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Added by MbpBugeye on 08-07-2009

PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
30
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
4.23%
 
 
Taps:
8
Bottles/Cans:
16
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 30
Reviews by crashdavisinoh:
Photo of crashdavisinoh
4.43/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I. Love. This. Place. The food is amazing. Hot Dogs? Amazing? Yes. They take hot dogs to another level. Probably 20 different topping combo's off their set menu w/ the option to create your own as well. They offer regular hotdogs, veggie,...and...bacon wrapped. When I tell people about this place they kinda roll their eyes as if to say...it is just a hot dog. Then they go there and say....it is not just a hot dog. If hot dog's arent your thing...they have a few other items as well (mac and cheese, etc). The side items are also stellar...tatertachos. Funnel cake fries. Steal my heart.

The beer list is pretty decent. A wide range of different things. They also have a good bottle selection. They normally have 10 or so things on tap. Combined w/ their bottle selection...you have well over 20 to choose from. They also have harder stuff. You can even get a slushie w/ liquor. I had the Chris Sabo...good.

If you go at peak times...which can be anytime from 630 on...be prepared to wait...and keep in mind that there is not a lot of space to stand inside by the door. The bar has 12 or so spots in addition to the tables...keep an eye open for bar spots to open.

A LOT of hipsters go here. B/c...they view it as hip. But for every hipster, there are 3 non-hipsters. Folk art is all over the walls...the Hall and Oates paintings are fabulous. The service is pretty good....especially considering how busy they are most of the time. The atmosphere is lively. Really enjoy DF. The owners also run Surely Girl, Betty's, and Tip Top....all are really quality places.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of mklisz
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Gregf51
4/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of REAL_Harrison
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of buckeyechilln
3.58/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of Osulou92
4.96/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of JeffONeal
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Lightman
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of crewfan1952
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of vrbulldog22
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of BigAlofOrion
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

excellent hotdogs done as many ways as you can imagine. They have a huge draft selection for being such a small place. I have never had a bottle or can from here, so I don't know how that compares to other places.

Just overall excellent food and beer - really cool place, and its right next to 16bit barcade! win win!

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Photo of srb176
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of zimm421
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Farky87
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of amhatfield3
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Lynn
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of JimmyT19
3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of kvnklingler
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of BFC84
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Got lucky here with Hudepohl beer 14k in a can. Had a doganator with bacon and onion rings a bit a chili? Some of the best damn rings I've had for a while. Missed that they might have had Zuber and 4 strings beer from Columbus. But for all you old timers they do have old style, blatz plus a lot more on tap and in bottles.(plus a full serve bar with OYO whiskey/ vodka and Brothers Drake mead. Just ask what else they might have. My wife had the cowgirl Carmen she said it needed a little zing (Sirrachi on the table) and totchos (tater tots with chili and cheese: awesome). I just wish the place was a little bigger and had better ac (105 outside the day we visit). What more can you expect from a hot dog joint and bar/pub.

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Photo of hyprlt
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Dirty Frank's is one of @lizlessner 's fantastic Columbus pubs and eateries. Having said that, its ok to be a little critical since she and her partners seem to be very good at what they do. Dirty Frank's is a very small bar and restaurant serving great craft beer on draft and nostalgic beer in cans and bottles. Dirty Frank's is decorated in art by local artists as well as the music. The namesake is truly the highlight of the place as you can get a hot dogs with delicious toppings like: Siracha Cream Cheese and Roasted Red Peppers (Zippity Zam). The beer menu is fantastic and highlights craft and Ohio (local) beers with icons denoting there origin. If you are ever in the vicinity of this Palace, YOU MUST ENTER.

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Photo of smithm1970
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Dirty Franks is yet another of the Lessner group of Columbus restaurants that takes a kitschy concept and proves they are so much more.

The concept of Dirty Franks is a place that brings the great styles of hot dogs from across the country and pair them with great suds to wash them down. While Dirty Franks does not have an extensive beer list, its a very good one. Care is taken like Elizabeth's restaurants that the selection takes into account good, local beers and makes certain they have a chance to shine.

The food is great..hot dogs are done to order, and represent a fantastic array of styles..from more traditional offerings like Chicago style to more unusual (but fantastic) combinations like Sirrracha-infused cream cheese and roasted red peppers.

They offer all styles with beef hot dogs, tofu dogs, or brats as the base..give them a try..you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Spider889
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

My first trip out to Dirty Frank's.

You walk in and the place is small, the walls are filled with mostly baseball and music themed art or memorabilia. Hand painted pictures of Michael Jackson and Thin Lizzy are a couple examples, but most of it is all centered on baseball.

We came for the hot dogs. The menu is pretty extensive, anything you never dreamed you'd see on a dog is featured here. My wife tried the traditional Chicago dog and the Seoul Dog (with kimchi). I had the dog with brisket and coleslaw on top and another "Ohioana" that had corn kernels, tomato, peppers, and jalapeno on top. We thoroughly enjoyed them! The fries are well seasoned and tasty as well.

The beer selection was good, but limited. Today they had on tap: Bell's Oberon, Pabst, GLBC Oktoberfest, Ithaca Flower Power, Troeggenator Dopplebock, and DFH Punkin' Ale. They had another 15 or so craft bottles on the list as well.

Overall this place is a great value for the food: most dogs are $3-$3.50. the beer was a little on the pricey side though, I think ours were all $6.50 on draft. We'll definitely be coming back, we're currently planning on it after we visit Bodega's Happy Hour next to fill up before the long drive home.

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Photo of jimbus
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Dirty Franks is a laid back, fun hot dog joint in Downtown Columbus. Lots of cool artwork on the walls themed with baseball, music, etc. Servers were super friendly and prompt.

On tap they had Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster, Bells Oberon, PBR, and a couple others I forget. Bottle selection was pretty good with Columbus Brewing Company Pale Ale, Thirsty Dog Old Leghumper, Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold, Troegs HopBack Amber, Purple Haze, Rogue Dead Guy, Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, Delirium, and domestics.

Great selection of unique hot dogs, all $3...tough to pick one out to try. I went with the Puff The Magic Popper - topped with cheddar cream cheese, jalapenos, and bacon bits. Hit the spot.

Definitely worth stopping by. They are open late till 2am as well, and after 10pm they offer nightly specials themed by city. Wednesday is Cincinnati night... you get a burger beer and a 4-way for $5.

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Dirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace in Columbus, OH
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