Dog Days. The name is derived from the lingering appearance of the brightest star in the night skies of summer. Sirius, the main attraction in the constellation Canis Major, or Big Dog, is a prominent throughout the days of June, July, and August. It’s no coincidence that the hot dog gets a special place on summertime tables. As cuisine has evolved to a high level in the Lowcountry, so has the hot dog. I present you EatThisCharleston.com’s Dog Show.
Dog Days, Vol. II: Perfectly Franks
By Patrick Graham
Summerville is a bit off the beaten path for most people in the metro area, and it's not uncommon for me to have issues with a city's layout if I haven't been there that many times. It's my own fault, as the Ville isn't that far, it has a cute little downtown, and it contains many little gems for one to discover if you look hard enough. Perfectly Franks is one of those gems, and the layout issue I was alluding to is the "parking lot" along North Main. Regulars of this famed hot dog joint are figuratively pointing and laughing at me right now, and some are actually pointing at their computer monitors or smartphones and laughing at their screen. The stack of cars begins right in front of PF's main entrance and continues up the main drag, and as popular as this place is, I knew that an open 8 x 16 foot box of asphalt was going to be a bit of a challenge, even on an off Tuesday. I eventually beat the odds and landed a spot directly in front of one of the most popular eateries in Dorchester County (my mother has "parking karma"...sometimes it works for me).