Fancy Franks – Toronto, Canada

What’s a girl got to do in Canada for decent grub? Not very much as decent food can be found on almost every corner in Toronto, especially on Queen Street West.

So after a day of shopping, I stopped at Fancy Franks for some gourmet hot dogs, and boy did I make the right call.


They specialise in beef hot dogs stuffed in a lamb casing. You can have it naked at CAD4.50 or with their signature flavours listed on the menu.

As I perused the menu, I heard one calling out to me. “Hello, is it me you’re looking for?” And damn right, that’s what I ordered. I had the Franks Coney Island with a fountain drink that was beautifully rich in flavour with the beef chilli, chopped onions and mustard – without being overly heavy (the general overload in cheese and everything else in Toronto takes some getting used to :P).


Check out the amusing names.

I loved the pillowy soft buns that encased the hot dog as it provided a nice, slightly sweet foil to all the savoury goodness. The depth of the chilli really brought back memories of the A&W Coney Dog that we used to get in SIN City.

I am in no way comparing a mass produced sausage to one that’s artisanal, neither am I insulting the establishment by placing it side by side with fast food – so don’t get your knickers in a twist. The quality here is incomparable.

People tend to compare things they’ve eaten with fast food from their youth/childhood because it brings up a comforting and nostalgic memories that they associate the dish, and that’s what I’m getting at. I felt like a kid enjoying my first Coney Dog all over again – albeit now I have higher standards.


Feel free to add your own sweet pickles, sriracha sauce or even more mustard/ketchup to your dog as there are condiments available at every table for your choosing.

I’ll be back when I have more stomach space to try the doughnuts and poutine!