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Memorial Day weekend will be lit in Deep Ellum with the first inaugural Deep Ellum Community Arts Fair, a community-run three-day event featuring local artists, artisans, musicians, performers, and neighborhood businesses.

The "community-run" is a very soft elbow jab at the festival that preceded it: The Deep Ellum Arts Festival, which took place in Deep Ellum for decades but was not entirely locally focused, often featuring vendors from outside the area.

That festival faltered during the pandemic, and finally got canceled in 2022. But the community still loved having a festival; they just wanted one that would favor local artists and performers.

"Rather than turning to vendors from outside the neighborhood, we want to encourage attendees to explore Deep Ellum," organizers say.

Thus, about 90 percent of the participants at this year's event are from North Texas; the rest are regional artists.

Musical performances include Dorrough Music, Tumzilla, Wolfie, Dezi 5, RAVS, Cure for Paranoia, Loners Club, Jake Quillin, Children of Indigo, Glitter, The Wee-Beasties, King Clam, and Gluestick. Set times are listed on the website.

There are appoximately 130 artist booths featuring artists and artisans such as Benjamin Wright Coleman, Dennis Casey Photography, Fred & Janis Tate Designs, Jim Brightwell, Jose Angel Art, Joshua Weiss, Vulgar Teacups, Steffie Molla, Chelseascreename, Glass Jeanne Design, and Holi Michener Art.

Many restaurants are also creating special menu items for the event.

When: Saturday May 27, 11 am-10 pm; Sunday May 28 and Monday May 29, 11 am-8 pm

Where: The event will be on Crowdus Street, between Clover and Indiana Streets, with two stages, one at either end, plus outdoor booths.

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Slutty Vegan vs. Earth Burger: A vegan burger faceoff in Dallas

Vegan Burger News

There was big energy in Deep Ellum on May 20 when Slutty Vegan, an internet-buzzy vegan restaurant from Atlanta, celebrated the grand opening of its first location in Dallas at 2707 Main St. #A, drawing hundreds of devotees who began forming a line around the block at the Deep Ellum-early hour of 7:30 am.

Slutty is from colorful founder Pinky Cole, who started the concept as an Instagram business, before opening her first restaurant in Atlanta in 2018. She now has 10 locations in Georgia, New York, and Birmingham, Alabama with a menu of plant-based burgers, chicken, bratwurst, vegan chili, and vegan shrimp.

Cole is an outspoken champion of the vegan lifestyle as well as a role model and entrepreneur who has made the cover of Black Enterprise magazine.

The Dallas opening felt like a party with a DJ at the entrance, dancing inside the store and out, and free Popsicles handed out to people in line. Cole was there, sporting her trademark pink braids, amiably posing for photos for anyone who asked.

For the opening event, they limited the menu to three burgers — a bacon cheeseburger, a burger with pickles, and a burger with jalapenos — plus crinkle-cut fries and drink.

There's no dining room on site, just an ordering counter and a selection of T-shirts and Slutty-themed merchandise for sale.

It's one in a wave of concepts across the U.S. trying an all-vegan version of a burger-driven fast-food joint, such as Mr. Charlie's, Honeybee, PLNT Burger, and Earth Burger, the award-winning plant-based fast food chain founded in San Antonio in 2014.

Fortuitously, Earth Burger is also now being served in Dallas at Oomi Digital Kitchen, the digital food hall at 3510 Ross Ave.

Earth Burger is known for its burgers made with plant-based patties, chik-n, and “fishless” filets. The company is embarking on a national expansion with assistance from Sinelli Concepts, the Dallas group founded by Jeff Sinelli that owns Which Wich Superior Sandwiches. As part of that expansion, Oomi now has a selection of Earth Burger items for delivery or pickup.

Oomi is not so far away from Slutty, affording one the opportunity to do a vegan burger face-off.

The two concepts have things in common: They both use Beyond Meat, the big plant-based meat company (Earth Burger also has a quinoa patty option but not available in Dallas), and they both do crinkle-cut fries.

To the burgers:

Slutty Vegan's One Night Stand: Plant-based patty with vegan bacon, vegan cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, and Slut Sauce on a vegan Hawaiian bun.

Slutty Vegan has a "naughty" theme in its branding and profile, but there's also something decadent about the food. The One Night Stand was soft and sloppy-in-a-good-way: a spongy soft bun (vegan Hawaiian rolls are not common), lots of good fresh chopped lettuce and tomato, and an overall juiciness from the combination of vegan cheese and slut sauce (vegan mayo with spices and a hint of dill pickle).

The burger was a big half-pound patty, cooked medium rare, with a texture and flavor that were a ringer for beef. It came topped with All Vegetarian bacon, one of the better vegan bacon products on the market. The bacon, too, was soft, maybe a little too soft, having absorbed some of the moisture of the sauce; it's nice to have a little crackly from the bacon. But at least it wasn't like regular bacon which, uncrispy would be rubbery and elastic. It still "broke" when you ate it.

The One Night Stand was $19 but it was a meal of a burger and came with a side of Slutty fries.

Earth Burger's The Ranchero: Plant-based patty with cheese, fried pickled onion haystack, pickles and BBQ ranch.

This burger was less, how do you say, slutty: More controlled, more precise, maybe even a touch austere. It was a smaller, standard-fast-food-size quarter-pound patty, cooked to a "medium" doneness, with a firmer texture and more defined shape that resulted in some tasty crispy edges.

The fried onions were doled out with a measured hand, nothing sloppy here, but the combination of the onions and the BBQ ranch added sweet and sassy flavor.

The bun was "substantial" adding another separate element to the burger experience, it was a bun that said, "Hey I'm here, too," yet remained light and airy; it also had an appealing shiny glossy top.

The Ranchero was $13.50.

These two burgers were not identical and therefore not an apples-to-apples comparison. But both were great experiences that would satisfy the urge for a beef burger, and surely fool an unsuspecting carnivore, especially in the case of Slutty Vegan.

[And to answer the obligatory question that people (mostly male people) like to ask about faux burgers — "why do people want a fake burger?" — it's because humans grow attached to the foods they grew up with, and many people, including vegans, grow up eating burgers. Vegans choose a vegan diet to avoid inflicting cruelty on animals, but still have nostalgic cravings, which a faux burger can deliver. Faux burgers are not "health" food, although "real" burgers are not healthy, either.]

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Dallas' Deep Ellum gets an unexpected new amenity: valet parking

Deep Ellum News

Dallas' once-grungy Deep Ellum entertainment district will now offer what is surely an unanticipated new amenity: valet parking.

The valet service will be open on Thursdays-Sundays beginning May 11, and is not connected with any one business, ergo, it's open to anyone visiting Deep Ellum who doesn't want to park their own car.

The service is one in a series of new measures introduced by the Deep Ellum Foundation (DEF) to ease access and walkability for visitors to the area's 100-plus restaurants, bars, breweries, nightclubs, shops, apartments, offices, and hotels.

The valet stand will be located at 2625 Commerce St., between Twisted Root and DOT's Hop House, and is the result of a partnership between DEF, the 501c3 that advocates for the neighborhood, and the owner of the parking lot, says DEF executive director Stephanie Hudiburg.

"This has been a priority we've been trying to do for a few years," Hudiburg says. "Originally, we were trying to find a way to do it on the public right of way, by using metered parking on the streets. But the parking lot owner is working with us to offer a program that serves the entire district, right in heart of district."

The lot is the large plot that stretches across a block from Commerce Street to Main, making it accessible to pedestrians from both streets.

"This particular lot is owned by a property owner who also owns retail, bars, and restaurants, and wanted to offer a holistic customer experience that benefits other businesses as well," she says. (FYI, it's Asana Partners.)

The valet stand will be in operation Thursdays-Fridays from 6 pm-1 am, and Saturdays-Sundays from 1 pm-1 am. At launch, it will cost $25, although there are hints that the price may increase down the road.

The valet is one part of a larger program to make it easier for people who want to visit Deep Ellum, Hudiburg says.

Other parts of the program include:

  • closing down the main streets on weekend nights to pedestrian traffic only, from 10 pm-3 am
  • new bicycle corrals on Main Street, and a new bicycle pump installed at 2626 Main St. in front of the Patagonia store
  • freshly painted crosswalks, at the intersections of Main & Crowdus, Elm & Crowdus, and Elm & Good Latimer Expressway

There are also 1,000 new parking spaces, and a new/additional dropoff spot in the neighborhood's Rideshare Flow Zones, a program it introduced in 2019 modeled after DFW Airport in which zones have been designated as drop-off/pickup rideshare zones for visitors coming via services such as Uber and Lyft.

The zones are 1 to 2 blocks away from core activity in Deep Ellum, with the goal of improving traffic flow and emergency vehicle access in the area, and are in play during the busiest nights and weekends.

The new zone is at 2551 Elm St., in front of Elm & Good at the Pittman Hotel and will launch on May 12.

It joins the five existing rideshare drop off/pick up zones:

  • Good Latimer Expressway northbound between Main & Commerce
  • Commerce Street eastbound between Crowdus & Malcolm X Boulevard
  • Pryor Street southbound between Main & Commerce AND extended zone on Commerce between Pryor & Henry
  • Malcolm X Boulevard northbound between Indiana & Junius
  • Swiss Avenue westbound between N. Hawkins & Good Latimer Expressway

The Deep Ellum Foundation has created an entire page dedicated to getting around the neighborhood with charts and maps and such, rendered in a pleasing purple-teal-chartreuse color scheme.


Hipster dumpling shop opens first restaurant outside N.Y. in Dallas

A dumpling shop from New York is coming to Dallas: Brooklyn Dumpling Shop will open its first Texas location in Dallas in Deep Ellum, offering traditional and specialty dumplings influenced by flavors found in a typical New York City diner.

According to a release, it'll open on May 15, at 2548 Elm St. and not just with dumplings but also bowls.

The concept was founded in New York in May 2021; this is the sixth location and first outside of the New York area (although, despite the name, there are none actually located in Brooklyn).

The menu consists of traditional dumpling flavors plus specialty flavors, plus gluten-free options, plus the abovementioned bowls, plus sides and desserts.

Traditional dumpling options include Crispy Pork, Pork & Chive, Kung Pao Chicken; and Potstickers including Chicken Teriyaki, Pork & Cabbage, and Vegetable.

Specialty Dumplings can be ordered "seared" (in a pan) or "crispy" (deep-fried) in seven flavors: Buffalo Chicken, Korean BBQ, Reuben, Steak & Cheese, Mac & Cheese, Chicken Parmesan, and Pepperoni Pizza.

You get four dumplings to an order, for $6 to $10 and you can mix and match dumpling flavors in an order.

In their "Chop Chop Bowls," you select a base from white rice, lo mein noodles, or mixed greens; a protein (chicken, crispy chicken, pulled pork, crispy shrimp, plant-based chicken), and sauce (peanut sauce, buffalo ranch, Kung Pao, sweet & sour, teriyaki).

The concept is being brought to Dallas by franchisee Sam Cole, who says in a statement that he loved "the tech."

The tech is that you can order online or at an in-store kiosk, scan a barcode, and pick up your order in a locker, similar to the old-school automat.

The Dallas location will feature 14 hot and 4 cold lockers and a pick-up window. They'll also offer 34 seats if you want to dine in.

Cole says they chose Deep Ellum because of the diverse crowd of lunchtime office inhabitants, local residents, and late-night partygoers who are either familiar with the brand or will embrace the quality, convenience, and pricing.

Brooklyn Dumpling Shop was created by Stratis Morfogen, a third-generation NYC restaurateur with over 40 years of restaurant experience. He and his partners owned a full-service Asian-inspired steakhouse, Brooklyn Chop House, whose dumplings were popular. They hatched this dumplings-centric spinoff that would be scalable and quick-service.

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Mechanical bull is headed to Dallas' Deep Ellum at new Rodeo country bar

Deep Ellum News

There's a mechanical bull coming to Dallas' Deep Ellum, courtesy of a new bar called Rodeo Dallas, opening in late spring.

Rodeo is a spinoff of a concept founded in Arizona, and it's opening at 2724 Elm St., in the space previously occupied by Wits End. Construction is already well underway and according to co-owner Joseph "JD" Ybanez, it'll open in early summer.

The original is called Rodeo Ranch, and was founded in 2018 in Tempe as an "adult playground" with the aforementioned mechanical bull, bottle service, DJs, dancing, and light show.

The concept is from two veteran club impressarios with strong ties to Texas: Ybanez and partner Josh Reagan, who own Longshots in Dallas, plus two locations of Varsity Tavern, in Fort Worth and in Tempe.

Ybanez, 35, is a native of El Paso and graduate of A&M with a master's degree who's been in the bar and restaurant industry since 2007.

"I love the industry, I've been involved in it since I was 19," he says.

His first bar was Trophy Ranch, which he opened in the West 7th District seven years ago, now closed. It, too, had a mechanical bull.

"That's where I learned how popular it was," he says. "We liked the idea of bringing one to Deep Ellum. Obviously, the mechanical bull will be a focal point — but Rodeo will also just be a country-themed bar with great nightlife, food & drinks, state-of-the-art audio-visual, and plenty of entertainment."

Rodeo Ranch has been described as an upbeat bar with Texas-inspired elements such as cowhide benches, animal trophy heads, lighting over the bar made from a rustic trough and Edison light bulbs.

The Arizona location features arcade games such as Big Buck Hunter, boxing, and basketball games, numerous 70-inch TVs for sports viewing, electronic dance music DJs, VIP tables with bottle service, a high-end sound system and light show that includes a back-lit wall lined with liquor bottles, shot wheel, and dancing on the bar.

Part of the package includes women servers in lingerie, which has become increasingly common in high-energy bars.

"I think Bottled Blonde brought that to Dallas, but it's a trend you see across the country now," he says.

Ybanez also organized the Tacos & Tequilas festival that debuted in 2022 at Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth , where it will return on May 20, 2023.

Wits End was an old-school hangout that closed in June 2022. At the time it closed, a spokesperson said that the lease had come to an end and the landlord, Westdale Properties, would not renew. Westdale did not comment, but neighborhood regulars cited a desire to clean up the area and focus more on soft uses such as restaurants and retail.

Milkshake Concepts

New bar-restaurant to provide urban refuge in Dallas' hottest club district

Bar News

There's a new bar opening in one of Dallas' hottest club districts. Called Saaya, it's a new spot from Milkshake Concepts (Vidorra, Harper's, The Finch) opening at 2511 Swiss Ave., and will debut this spring.

According to a release, Saaya will serve as an escape from the urban hustle bustle; Saaya means shadow, shelter, or refuge in ancient Sanskrit.

It'll sit next door to Citizen, the glitzy nightclub that Milkshake relocated to Deep Ellum in 2019, with a synergistic plan to feed off each other, making for a lively night on the town or else a tranquil setting for late-night cocktails and shared plates. The group also opened Harper's, their upscale restaurant in the Epic building, one block away in 2021.

"With both Citizen and Harper’s nearby, we felt a venue like Saaya - with its unique offerings - would be a welcome addition to the neighborhood," says Asim Sheikh of Milkshake Concepts in a statement. "Saaya delivers that same energy, but with the refined and relaxed approach of an oasis in the middle of downtown. There’s nothing quite like it in Dallas and we can’t wait for our guests to indulge in our newest experience."

It's also across from Bottled Blonde, one of the most successful bars in Dallas, and is in the middle of the so-called North Good Latimer District, an unexpected club zone in a neighborhood just east of downtown Dallas, straddling Good Latimer Freeway, between Live Oak and Elm streets, that has drawn a number of high-profile bars.

Saaya will offer live entertainment, including private karaoke suites and also traditional hookah.

They'll also do food. The menu will feature mezze – small Mediterranean-style tapas meant to be shared with family and friends.

Dishes will include

  • Lebanese Caesar Salad with Chopped Romaine, Goldened Zaatar Croutons, Pickled Red Onions, Tahini Caesar Dressing
  • Crispy Cauliflower with herbed tahini, pine nuts, capers, Hawayej spice
  • Beef Shawarma Bites made with Lavash Bread, Tahini, Red Onion, Tomato, Cucumber, Sumac, Parsley

They will also bake fresh Manakish – Lebanese flatbreads – in a variety of options.

The bar program will feature two signature cocktails: 43 Shades of Gray, with Gray whale Gin Crème de violet, Licor 43, allspice, and lemon; and the Pompeii Passion, with Ancho Reyes, passion fruit, coconut, and lime.

Decor at the authentic Mediterranean feel to ensure the nearly 5,400-square-foot space is Mediterranean, including an expansive patio, rich and colorful fabrics throughout the interior, and a lush native greenery and foliage in the outdoor space.

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DFW's dismal ranking among best places to live leads this week's 5 most-read headlines

This week's hot headlines

Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines. Looking for the best things to do this weekend? Find that list here.

1. Dallas-Fort Worth no longer a top 100 place to live, declares U.S. News & World Report. Dallas-Fort Worth has fallen from grace in a closely watched annual report of the best places to live in the U.S. The Metroplex appears at a dismal No. 113 (out of 150) in U.S. News & World Report's Best Places to Live ranking for 2023-2024. Last year, DFW landed at No. 32; it was No. 37 in 2021. Here's (sort of) why it plummeted in the rankings.

2. Sliders restaurant from Detroit shimmies onto Dallas' Greenville Ave. A slider concept from the Great Lakes State is expanding to Texas, and that includes a high-profile location in Dallas: Called Savvy Sliders, it's a young fast-casual concept founded in Flint, Michigan, and it will open its first Dallas restaurant at 4818 Greenville Ave., in the space recently vacated by vegan chicken restaurant Project Pollo.

3. New lagoon-waterpark with lazy river dives into Dallas-Fort Worth. A long-awaited waterpark in Cedar Hill is debuting Memorial Day weekend with two of Texas' favorite splashy attractions: a lagoon and lazy river. The Lagoon at Virginia Weaver Park will open Saturday, May 27 after more than a year in development.

4. Happy Hippie Brewing to bring peace, love, and beer to new HQ in Richardson. A craft beer brewery is opening a splendid new facility in Richardson: Happy Hippie Brewing Company, a small brewery specializing in Belgian-style beers, is opening an an 11,000-square-foot brewery and taproom at 500 Lockwood Dr., in the Lockwood area within the city's evolving CORE District.

5. Asian restaurant Howard Wang's shutters location in Uptown Dallas. A Chinese restaurant in Uptown Dallas closed: Howard Wang's Uptown Grill, one in a family-owned chain, closed its location at 3223 Lemmon Ave. #103, with the final day of service on May 21. The restaurant had been at that location for 12 years.

21 North Texas museums offer free admission to military families this summer

Giving Back

Nearly two dozen Dallas-Fort Worth museums are honoring active duty military personnel and their families with free admission through the Blue Star Museums initiative, May 20-September 4, 2023.

Established by the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the U.S. Department of Defense, the Blue Star Museums program annually provides military families free access to 2,000 museums nationwide throughout the summer. The program begins yearly on Armed Forces Day in May and ends on Labor Day.

Free admission is extended to personnel currently serving in the U.S Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard (including those in the Reserve), and all National Guardsman. Members of the U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps and NOAA Commissioned Corps are also included in the program.

Those who qualify can use their military ID to bring up to five family members - including relatives of those currently deployed. More information about qualifications can be found here.

There is no limit on the number of participating museums that qualifying families may visit. Admission for non-active military veterans, however, is not included.

According to the National Endowment for the Arts website, the initiative was created to help "improve the quality of life for active duty military families" with a specific focus on children. The site states 2 million have had a parent deployed since 2001.

"Blue Star Museums was created to show support for military families who have faced multiple deployments and the challenges of reintegration," the organizers say. "This program offers these families a chance to visit museums this summer when many will have limited resources and limited time to be together."

In Dallas-Fort Worth, participating institutions include well-known art, science, and history museums, as well as smaller museums outside the city limits. Here's a look at all the museums in North Texas that are participating in the Blue Star Museums initiative this year.

In Dallas:

In Fort Worth:

In Garland:

In Irving:

In Mesquite:

In Cleburne:

In Krum:

In Sanger:

More information about Blue Star Museums and a full list of participants can be found on arts.gov.

These are the 7 best most intriguing hot dogs in Dallas right now

Hot Dog News

Editor's Note: In prior stories, CultureMap contributor Lila Levy has sussed out the top bagels in Dallas, and tried pretty much every lavender latte in town. Now she's ready to offer her take on that summertime classic: hot dogs.

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Hot dogs are the quintessential summer food and an item that nearly everyone loves. They're simple, flavorful, easy to make at home, and affordable if you dine out.

Some cities like Chicago have a long-standing tradition with hot dogs, and while Dallas is not Windy-City-level quiet yet, we've seen an influx of some exciting new hot dog concepts come to town, joining a few locals who've been dishing out memorable hot dogs all along.

Here's the 7 most interesting hot dogs you can find in Dallas-Fort Worth:

Portillo’s in the Colony, Chicago-style hot dog, $4.50
Chicago-based fast casual brand known for its hot dogs and other favorite Chicago fare, has expanded to Texas, with its first restaurant in The Colony, which opened in January 2023. Chicago-style hot dogs are my favorite kind, and Portillo's does it right. Their basic hot dog comes with "everything": mustard, relish, celery salt, chopped onions, sliced tomato, pickle, and sport peppers on a steamed poppy seed bun. I loved the condiments, especially the peppers and relish. My companion thought the bun was too soft, but it was fine for me. Their hot dogs have a snappy casing with a robust tangy flavor.

Hunky'sHunky Dog, $4.25
Cedar Springs pioneer has been serving hamburgers, fries, and malts, since 1984. They're known for their burgers but they also do a trio of hot dogs including the classic "Hunky Dog," a hefty quarter-pounder with relish, onions, and mustard. I've been here before and know it's best to ask for the hot dog to be grilled extra, to give it that additional "burnt hot dog" cookout flavor. At $4.25, it's a bargain and their presentation is cool: They split the hot dog down the middle and place the onions and relish on top, and they toast the edges of their bun.

Fletcher's Original Corny DogsMake Mine Texan, $10
No story on hot dogs is complete without Fletcher's, famed purveyor of the classic corny dog. You used to have to wait for the State Fair of Texas to get them, but now that they have a food truck, you can find them camped at venues such as the Dallas Arboretum, and they're also at Klyde Warren Park Tuesdays-Sundays. They've expanded their lineup of flavors so I ordered their most recent invention: Called Make Mine Texan, it's a hot dog made of beef and brisket, with smoke seasoning that adds a heartier Texas flavor.

Dog Haus in RichardsonTooo Chi, $8
California hot dog chain takes a gourmet approach with jumbo hot dogs, veggie dogs, vegan sausages, and 40+ toppings including some you might not expect, such as arugula. I ordered the Tooo Chi, their version of the Chicago hot dog, which they brag is a hormone- and antibiotic-free beef hot dog, with tomato, pickle, neon-green pickle relish, mustard, diced onions, sport peppers, and celery salt. Their cooking added a nice char that emphasized the grilled flavor. It made me nostalgic to the days when my parents would grill hot dogs in the summer outside. Their point of distinction is their bread: sweet rich King's Hawaiian rolls, which they butter and grill, for a nice contrast of soft roll and crisp edges.

Angry DogAngry Dog, $8.95
Deep Ellum staple had hot dogs on the menu long before hot dogs became the foodie sensation they are today, and they offer a simple plain hot dog on a bun as a nod to those humble days. But everyone gets the signature Angry Dog: a kosher dog, split in half and grilled, placed on a toasted open-faced bun, then topped with chili, grilled red onions, mustard, and shredded cheddar cheese. It's more of a chili casserole than a hot dog, a knife-and-fork kind of deal where the bun gets soggy underneath the mountain of toppings, and you almost lose track of the hot dog. But unbeatable for a hangover cure or a big cheat meal.

Globe Life Field, Ballpark hot dog, $7
In recent years, the Texas Rangers' food service division has been jazzing up its ballpark menu, introducing new items, some of them crazy like the Boomstick 2-foot-long hot dog. I stick to the basic ballpark hot dog, with the only option being that you can get grilled onions at no additional charge. It's a standard six-inch hot dog, with self-serve mustard, ketchup, and relish, on a soft, nondescript bun, with a nice snap, the prototypical hot dog you eat while cheering on the hometown team.

Frank Seoul, Potato hot dog, $5.49
Korean hot dogs, also known as Korean corn dogs, are a Korean street food that started showing up in Dallas a few years ago, via Korean-born chains such as Two Hands and K-Town. Frank Seoul was one of the first and has locations in Carrollton and Frisco. Their specialty is hot dogs coated in a batter and deep-fried, like a corny dog but with a batter made from flour or rice flour, and additional ingredients such as the coating of diced potatoes in the potato hot dog that I ordered. They have a wild variety like a "cream cheese dog" — literally cream cheese on a stick &mdash and prices are all $6 or less.

This is not the place for a hot dog purist. The hot dog itself was lackluster, but the "shell" of crispy fried potatoes was magnificent, like a wonderful hash brown, and great on its own, didn't need the mustard I added a bit.