There are certain foods that bring a sublime level of comfort to the soul, many of which are introduced to us at an early age, such as savory macaroni and cheese and, of course, hot dogs. We’ve been able to satisfy our cravings at local restaurants for the first, but it’s been a challenge to find an establishment offering any kind of gourmet dogs until now.
Local resident Tristan Gittens saw this void in the restaurant scene, and opened his new eatery, Frankinbun, in February on South Indian Canyon in downtown Palm Springs. You can now satisfy your cravings in style; the diminutive but charming space is covered in custom wallpaper featuring the Frankinbun mascot in a Chinoiserie scene, designed by Gittens’ wife and co-proprietor, Candice Held, who also has her own clothing boutiques in the Uptown Design District of Palm Springs and on El Paseo in Palm Desert.
After growing up in Palm Springs and heading off to Berkeley and Stanford for college and then residing in L.A. for 10 years, Gittens returned to the desert two years ago armed with a plan to offer the best in gourmet hot dogs and sausages, using locally sourced meats and the highest quality ingredients, served on a freshly baked Parisian baguette.
His plan is working. People are lining up to choose from classics such as Kielbasa, Bratwurst and Linguica, or the Coney Island-style all beef “Snap Dog.” Also featured is a house-made spicy vegan dog made with mushrooms and black-eyed peas. Your selection can then be topped off with options like live, house-made sauerkraut, or Frankenbun’s own Date Chutney and Organic Spicy Tomato Ketchup, which derive from family recipes developed by Gittens’ father, an accomplished culinary expert raised in Barbados.
Specialty “Concept Dogs” like the German Curry Wurst are also available, as well as Chicken and Waffle on a Stick, hot pretzels and the Tornado Potato, a spiral-cut treat that falls somewhere between a fry and a chip and is custom-seasoned with options like truffle salt or chili and lime.
Frankinbun also offers a solid selection of craft beers by the bottle or can, as well as wine, Champagne and natural sodas. Before you leave, reach into the freezer for an artisan ice cream sandwich by L.A.-based Coolhaus. Yum.
540 S. Indian Canyon Drive
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