And The Wiener Is – Wichita KS (CLOSED)

24 Jun

In honor of Congressman Wiener’s recent troubles we hit up a place that he would have loved to tweet about. And the Wiener Is has had a tumultuous few years on the Wichita restaurant scene. They have changed their name and location several times and currently reside on the northwest corner of Douglas and Grove. The Wiener has a simple concept, serve lots of hot dogs. 47 varieties to be exact, although a few were not available on the day we visited, thus we were left with only 44 some odd dogs to choose from.

The restaurant is trendy and cozy with about 10 tables in the place and some nice wiener inspired art on the walls. All the hot dogs are listed on a wall next to the counter where you place your order. I would recommend taking your time to read through all the offerings to find the perfect dog for your mood that day. Whether you want Italian or Mexican food they can accommodate your cravings. One highlight of the menu is the PB and J dog. Perhaps after a night in Old Town that might be a delicious combination, but not at 3pm on a Wednesday, so I passed that bad boy up. I eventually decided on the Cob Dog which was modeled off of a Cobb salad with lettuce, tomato, bacon, and blue cheese dressing. Steph went with the Tater Dog which contained bits of potato, cheese, green onions, and sour cream. The Wiener offers several sides including chips, mac’n’cheese, fries, and cole slaw as well as throwback RC Cola. I went with the mac’n’cheese and Steph tried the slaw out.

After settling in at our comic book surfaced table our food was quickly delivered to us. The different flavor profiles of my dogĀ  worked well together. It was basically a salad stacked on top of a hot dog and stuffed into a bun. Speaking of buns, The Wiener Is does not use your typically store bought buns. Their buns are light, flaky, and slightly toasted. As for their wieners, they use a nice plump version that has plenty of flavor. My mac’n’cheese was as it should be, cheesy and creamy. Steph’s wiener was masterpiece of flavors and visual appeal. On top of the dog were cubed fried potatoes, cheese, sour cream, and green onions. It was great on so many levels. One word of caution with these hot dogs is do not attempt to eat them with your hands. These guys are large, overstuffed, and messy. Do yourself a favor and grab a knife and fork. It will save you from unnecessary spills, burns, and general embarrassment.

And the Wiener Is does a good job at being a specialty hot dog establishment. Their side dishes are nothing to get excited about, so I would suggest ordering two varieties or doing the double dog. The Wiener is a good option for a late night meal, a quick lunch stop, or any time you are in the mood for an exotic hot dog.

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6 Responses to “And The Wiener Is – Wichita KS (CLOSED)”

  1. Maggie June 24, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

    I have enjoyed this place on occasion for lunch. If you like hummus the ‘humdinger’ is a good one to try!

  2. John June 25, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    WOW! Amazing! Just when you think you know everything about Wichita… Ha!
    Have to give this a try next time I’m in the mood for a DOG!!!
    LOL Thanks! TTYS

  3. Anne June 25, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    Haven’t eaten here since they stopped being “Frank” – glad to know the hot dogs, err, wieners, are still good!

  4. Margo June 26, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    THATS WHAT SHE SAID!!!!!!

  5. Ivy January 4, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    I tried to get a dog today…and the space is For Lease. After speaking to a guy (owner?) working at the next-door antique shop–which looks like a great place–I was told that “And The Wiener Is” closed when the owner decided to go back to school full time. Good for him. Bummer for the rest of us.

  6. chainfreeeating January 5, 2012 at 12:34 am #

    Yes, unfortunately another local place bites the dust.

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