Food / Restaurant

Let’s Be Frank is Heaven for Hot Dog Lovers



In Toronto, it can feel like there’s a new burger place popping up monthly. Well, if you prefer hot dogs, you’re in luck! Hot dog restaurants are on the rise, giving you more places to bit down into a hot dog. I visited Let’s Be Frank to check out their new digs.


Let’s Be Frank has made the journey. They started off as a festival tent, moved up to a food truck, and is now a hot dog bar in a brick and motor location on College and Spadina.

If you’d like to start off with a drink, Let’s Be Frank makes milkshakes from fresh fruit and also serves classic floats. They also have craft beer on tap and specialty cocktails. (And yes, you can even turn your milkshake into a cocktail.)


Pictured above is the Strawberry Milkshake and the Cream Soda Ice Cream Float.  These were definitely worth it! My strawberry milkshake was packed with strawberries.

Then, it was time for the hot dogs.

Let’s Be Frank took great consideration when selecting the hot dog that they would serve. They ultimately settled on Nathan’s Famous beef hot dogs, a New York brand that started in Coney Island in 1916. For the buns, they’re keeping it local and using Silverstein’s buns.

The menu features a dizzying array of hot dogs available in three sizes: 3.5″ slider, 6″ regular and an 8″ big dog.

I was grateful for the slider sizes, because that meant that I could try more combinations! We tried four sliders.


The Dogfather is a breaded, deep-fried frank smothered in Nonna Muio’s own recipe tomato sauce and topped with melted mozzarella cheese. This was my second favourite dog.

1-IMG_1673Coney Dog topped with homemade beef chili, diced onion & mustard. A classic!


Mac Daddy is a grilled frank topped with our own creamy mac and cheese, bacon bits and Dine Alone Foods Southern Blues BBQ sauce. This hot dog was really unique. The creamy mac and cheese was a great topping.


Tijuana Danger Dog is a double bacon wrapped then deep fried, topped with aged cheddar & salsa verde. This was my favourite! I loved the kick of spice and the strong cheddar.
Warning: Despite the small size, these sliders are filling! We decided to go for it and try two full sized dogs, for the sake of you, dear reader.
This stunner is the Korean BBQ Dog. This hot dog has a six inch grilled frank glazed with Korean BBQ sauce, kimchi, sriracha mayo and green onions.

1-IMG_1689I love corn dogs, and usually only have them once a year at the ex. So I was happy to find the Corn Dog on the menu, dipped in a house made batter and topped with Dine Alone Foods BBQ sauce. It was really good, and not at all greasy like some corn dogs can be.

In addition to hot dogs, Let’s Be Frank also has a great selection of sides and drinks to go with your dogs.


Fresh cut Yukon Gold fries can be had on their own, or you can choose to have them in poutine form. I had a basic poutine, but you can have your poutine with bacon or pulled pork. Pictured above was is a Hot Dog Gravy Poutine topped with fresh curds and hot dog gravy.

After this amazing meal, we were pretty much stuffed. If you are brave enough to eat some more, Let’s Be Frank has a dessert menu that features carnival favourites like deep fried bananas, Oreo and Twinkies.

Sounds good? Go and visit them! See the entire menu here.

Let’s Be Frank is at 460 Spadina Avenue, Toronto


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