Dirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace
248 S. Fourth St., Downtown
Local biz whiz Liz Lessner's newest venture catapulted from Longest Delayed Opening to Best New Restaurant for a bunload of reasons. I mean, how can you beat $3 hot dogs? You can't, especially when the dogs are chomped in a place as uniquely fun as Dirty Frank's. Knock 'em back with a selection from Frank's great mix of high and low-brow beers, or with an outrageously Jell-O-tinted and neon-glowing "slushie" cocktail. Either way, you'll be loving Frank's original paintings - done by Lessner's brother, Thom - which cheekily give mad props to baseball and rock 'n' roll.
Runners-up: Mellow Mushroom, Third & Hollywood