Designation Level: Gold

Since 2004, Franktuary has been dishing out gourmet hot dogs topped with both classic and creative garnishes. Various cereals, candies, and even ice cream could top off your special dog, but if that doesn’t peak your interest, Franktuary also offers tried and true favorites like sauerkraut, chili sauce, and mustard. In addition to hot dogs, the menu offers poutine, pierogies, and other unique side dishes, as well as vegan and gluten-free options. Franktuary earned a Gold designation with the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant program in 2015 demonstrating its commitment to building vibrant communities and supporting environmental practices to the Pittsburgh region.

Franktuary’s unique name comes from its original location, in the basement of the historic Trinity Cathedral in downtown Pittsburgh. However, the restaurant has since moved to its current location on Butler Street in Lawrenceville. Franktuary’s unique and delicious menu has warranted many local and national accolades over the years. The hot dog shop has been nominated for Pittsburgh Magazine’s Best of the Burgh list on numerous occasions, and has also been featured on the Food Network, Fox News, the Southwest Airlines blog, Newsweek, and even the website of former President Barack Obama.

As a Gold designated restaurant, Franktuary has adopted many different sustainable practices. The menu is designed around local, house-made ingredients sourced from local and regional farmers and food suppliers. They even support local bee populations by growing pollinator friendly Pennsylvania wildflowers with rain diverting run-off planters on both of their gutters. Owners Tim Tobitsch and Megan Lindsey recognize some people have different dietary needs and want Franktuary to be an inclusive dining spot, which is why they have incorporated allergen and gluten-free options into the menu, and even offer a vegan version of their hot dog. Much of the furniture found in the restaurant was upcycled from local churches and the floors were made from local Amish barn wood.  To find out more about the positive impacts Franktuary is having on the region, you can view their profile and read their complete sustainability report.

Interested in visiting Franktuary? Stop by 3810 Butler Street in Lawrenceville. The restaurant is open from 11:30am to 10:30pm Tuesday through Thursday, 11am to 11:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 11am to 8pm on Sundays.

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