Hot dog fans in Dallas have had it hard as of late, between the closure of Red Hots in Deep Ellum and the demise of Eat Jo Dawg, the high-end hot dog food truck that shut down over a year ago. But hold on, here is Sir Frank's, a new hot-dog-themed food truck from Onel and Pam Perez, owners of Guava Tree, a food truck selling Cuban fare.
After Eat Jo Dawg shut down, the Perezes saw a culinary hole that they decided to fill.
"The owner of Eat Jo Dawg was looking for a change of pace, it wasn't because he lacked for business," says Pam. "We thought the market was still there for a concept with hot dogs and sausages."
These are no convenience-store wieners. They're doing a 100 percent black Angus beef hot dog from 44 Farms and artisan sausages from a variety of local butcher shops. Prices will start at $7.
Menu items include the Sir Frank, with mustard, arugula, Brie, shallots, red cabbage, and a Luxardo cherry drizzle. A chili dog comes with smoked pepper cheddar. They're also doing a pulled pork with slaw and guava barbecue sauce, and a veggie dog with carrot, cucumber, and beet relish.
The food truck thing in Dallas never quite took off in the same way it has in hipster cities like Austin and Portland. We have the Truck Yard on Greenville Avenue, and (the same three) food trucks parked every day at Klyde Warren Park.
But new trucks are still being launched, such as Press Waffle, Hot Potato, Egg Stand, and now Sir Frank's.
"We're more event-driven in Dallas," Pam says. "We do a lot of catering and corporate lunches and breweries. We're more mobile."