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14 Apr 2016

The Indy Endorsement: The Chicken and Waffle on a Stick at Frankinbun

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Waffles + chicken-apple sausage = Mmmmmmm. Waffles + chicken-apple sausage = Mmmmmmm. CVI Crapcam

What: The Chicken and Waffle on a Stick

Where: Frankinbun, 540 S. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $9.95

Contact: 760-318-4841; www.frankinbun.com

Why: It’s a tasty and unique take on a classic.

Sausage. Is it possible for a non-vegetarian to not like at least some forms of ground, seasoned meat? I dare say: It is not. Or at least, in a logical world, it shouldn’t be possible.

These musings bring us to our recent visit to Frankinbun, a new Palm Springs restaurant that focuses on sausage—specifically, sausage in tubular form, presented in a wide variety of ways.

Frankinbun has hot dogs, of course—delicious dogs offered in ways both expected (a chili-cheese dog; a newly added Chicago dog that looks amazing) and unusual ’round these parts (the “currywurst,” a cut-up kielbasa smothered in curry sauce, with a chutney offered on the side). The restaurant also offers a variety of weenies such as hot Italian sausage, bratwurst, linguica, tri-pepper pork and even a vegan option, made with mushrooms and black-eyed peas. Yum.

However, the one sausage that really caught our attention at this little eatery with the cool patio and the impressive selection of bottled drinks was, paradoxically, the most familiar and the most creative: The chicken and waffle on a stick.

The chicken here is actually a Bavarian apple-cinnamon chicken sausage, wrapped in Belgian-waffle coating; the two dogs are baked, not fried, and then served with real maple syrup.

Yum.

I did have one minor issue with my lunch: It was not exactly filling. The hubby enjoyed the aforementioned currywurst ($7.95), and we split a tornado potato (a spiral-cut potato fried and then topped with a choice of seasoning, $2.95)—and after spending more than $25 (with tax and tip included), we both left wanting more. Yeah, we can be big eaters at times, but I have a feeling others will leave Frankinbun feeling similarly un-full.

That bit of gluttony aside, I’ll be returning to Frankinbun quite soon. Because, y’know … sausage. Mmmm.

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