We decided this morning to check out the Japanese Tea Gardens in the afternoon, but after driving around the packed parking lot and trying to navigate the traffic around the zoo, we opted for Plan B, driving up to Austin for a late lunch at Frank.
We had walked by Frank when we were in Austin for SXSW, and after reading a few articles about the place, I wanted to head back and try it. What had particularly caught my eye in one of the articles was that they have a version of Canadian Waffle Fries Poutine, which might seem like all sorts of gross to some, but I thought it sounded all sorts of fantastic.
Justin ordered the Jackalope (a house made antelope, rabbit, and pork sausage covered with huckleberry compote, sriacha mayo, and cheddar cheese) while I choose the Carolina Pork It (a Vienna beef dog, stuffed with American Cheese and wrapped in bacon, then covered with green chili pimento cheese and coleslaw). We added a small order of the Poutine fries and a Corn Cup (roasted corn with butter, chili mayonaise, lime juice, and cotija cheese) to round out the meal. And it all rocked our faces off. But the key is that once you pick up the hot dog, DO NOT put it back down. These puppies are fully loaded with toppings and tend to be 6-Napkin messy. And the poutine was everything I hoped for: crisp fries covered in melted gooey cheese and flavorful brown gravy. Again, crazy messy, but very worth it!