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Best New Restaurant of 2009: Dirty Frank’s

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Last month we decided to do a “head count” of restaurants that have opened in 2009, and totaled up over 35 new additions to the Columbus dining landscape. Of those newcomers, Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace was overwhelmingly crowned as the best of the bunch in our reader’s poll. This fourth unique establishment in the Betty’s Family of Restaurants got their Downtown doors opened on July 1st, and spent the last half of 2009 slinging hot dogs into our hearts.

Top 10 Best New Restaurants of 2009:

  1. Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace
  2. Barrio
  3. Skillet
  4. Level Dining Lounge
  5. Third and Hollywood
  6. Graffiti Burger
  7. Five Guys Burgers & Fries
  8. bonopizza
  9. Dewey’s Pizza
  10. Basil Thai
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  • greenhouse1014

    Hell, yeah! My friends are getting so tired of me raving about DF to the point they’re asking if I work there. I’ve got a whole soccer team wanting to come because I’ve talked it up so much. For some reason, I’ve become a HUGE fan of the place. Than you Liz for giving my life meaning. I’m still planning on bringing my bday party there.

  • rprpclark

    My wife and I went a week or two after it opened. It needs to be 2 or 3 (4?) times as big! Great food, but I don’t know if it had much effect on my life’s meaning, though;)

  • KyleEzell

    Love it love it love it!!

  • KSquared

    I dream of the Fire on the Rhine.  Mmmmm….I think I want DF tonight.

  • scornflakes

    Been there twice, had four different dogs, and may I humbly suggest that they rename the place “Dirty Frank’s Slightly-More-Than-Room-Temperature-Dog Palace.”

  • dsigner

    Yeah scornflakes is right. No one should go to DF. Please stay away…

    Leave all the delicious dogs, fries, and rings for me!!!!! Love ya DF! See you Saturday, like every Saturday.

  • DavidF

    Fire on the Rhine would be perfect right now.

  • lizless

    Hot dog! On behalf of our hot dog slingers & slushie mixologists, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are so appreciative of the tremendous support we’ve received from the ColumbusUnderground.com community and downtown. We have lots of fun in store for 2010. Thanks for your love!

    @Scornflakes, we are always happy to remedy an unhappy situation, just let us know. My apologies for any negative experience, our goal is that you have a fun and delicious time every time you visit. You can always contact me personally at [email protected] or call me at 614.291.8073.

    Congrats to all the fabulous new restaurants listed, we’ve had some wonderful new additions to our dining scene.

    Happy new year everyone!
    Elizabeth Lessner

  • Whoa Nellie, that’s awesome!  Crap, now I want a Whoa Nellie.  :)

  • Rick Carraway

    Congrats, lizless. Thanks for facilitating the consumption of so much good food, drink and companionship in Columbus!

  • looove it..my girlfriend and i were at another bar and someone that works at dirty franks..i think it was jeni..was like “oh you guys are regulars”…and it was like a week after u guys opened…ha, and yes i know some of the people that work there by name…so good!

  • ja

    The reaction to a hot dog stand affirms the desperation of Columbusites to create some semblance of a downtown.

  • Go ask New Yorkers about their hot dog places…

  • DavidF

    @ja: Or to the fact that it’s just really, really good. (but hey, go with the weird conspiracy theory if it makes you feel better.)

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