Since the stand's inception, owner Jim Andrews has received considerable media attention (even from some national outlets) for his bold concept: to only hire ex-offenders in an attempt to help them get back on their feet. That would be newsworthy in and of itself, but coverage has continued over criticism of the name from those that feel the title Felony Franks glorifies crime.
Whatever your thoughts are over the Felony Franks name, you have to admit: the menu really takes the crime theme and runs with it. A regular hot dog is called a Misdemeanor Wiener, the chili dog is a Chain Gang Chili Dog and side orders go by Accomplices. All dogs are reasonably priced ($2-$4) and served with fries and fixin's, but Franks features a lot of other cleverly named entrees: Probation burgers ($3-$6), the Jailbreaker chicken breast sandwich ($4.25) or the messy, scrumptious Lawbreaker meatball sandwich ($4). Complete your meal with an order of Convicted Cheese Fries, Mistrial Fried Mushrooms or Objection Onion Rings.
While small, the joint makes good use of its space to further the incarcerated theme. Bars have been installed on all the windows. If you're taking it out (which is called "out on good behavior" here) feel free to sit outside, if only to stare at the logo: a wiener giving the thumbs up while wearing a ball and chain.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Andy Seifert