Before hamburgers and hot dogs, there was no way to differentiate between methods of folding, which made for squat paper snowflakes and awkwardly shaped envelopes. Celebrate this landmark achievement in American art with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks, and more at Frankies on West Kennedy Boulevard.
Whether you’re a connoisseur of hot dogs or hamburgers, Frankies serves up yummy grub for all grabby gurus in appropriately contoured and ogle-worthy buns. Frankies' famous namesakes make great midday snacks, from a plump dog wrapped in a freshly toasted bun and topped with the classic accoutrements ($2.99) to an international Frankie such as the Portuguese with mushrooms and onions ($3.39). Creative gourmet sandwiches include fried-chicken burgers made regular or buffalo style ($4.79), rib-eye steak sandwiches ($6.99), and meatless-friendly veggie burgers ($3.99), all served with lettuce, tomato, mayo, raw or grilled onions, and pickles. For a taste of the sea, anchor your teeth in some fresh fried clam strips ($3.89 for a roll), or use this Groupon toward a fried seafood combo with clams, shrimp, scallops, fish filet, fries, and coleslaw ($14.99). Down your dogs with a gulp of fountain soda ($1.79), sweet or unsweet tea ($1.79), and frothy brews offered by the pint ($3–$4).
The Tampa Tribune says:
- Frankies is a place to park yourself in a booth and start chomping away, only taking a break to gulp some soda or beer. You can't miss the dogs. Known here as Famous Frankies, they're quickly fried, then grilled, and they come a foot long - a pretty good deal given the price. – Richard Mullins
- I think it's a great spot! It's great for what it's supposed to be which is good solid food… – Ryan A., Yelp
Mike Diogostine left his high-school job serving hot dogs at Frankies to attend the University of Tampa. While he went after his academic pursuits, he also pursued the same mouthwatering taste of foot-long hot dogs he'd left behind in his hometown of Connecticut—but nothing compared to Frankies. After college, Mike, along with his brother Joe and his roommate Tyson, opened up his own Frankies to ensure that other coeds wouldn’t suffer the same lack of delicious hot dogs that he did.
In the kitchen at Frankies, the cooks top foot-long franks with chili, nacho cheese, bacon, or Chicago-style accoutrements—tomatoes, pickles, celery salt, and peppers. Other handholds include half-pound burgers, fried shrimp po' boys, and chicken-parmesan grinders. On Tuesday evenings, diners can juggle mini corn dogs with wings slathered in housemade garlic butter sauce while they answer questions during in-house trivia tournaments.
909 W Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33606Get Directions