We ate supper at Frankie’s as our first taste of their fare. Is this the McDonald’s of pizza?
246 Wilson Drive
Boone, NC 28607
Hours: later, tater–not on the menu and we forgot to note…
Tom:We split an 18-inch pizza–a bit much for two people but I wanted some leftovers for lunch the next day.
Ray: Well, you are such a porker I’s surprised we ended up with those two slices!
Tom: Yeah, yeah. Anyway, we had it half-and-half with my side having onions, Canadian bacon and green peppers. The last item would have been green olives but they don’t offer them. I don’t know why few restaurants offer them–their tart taste complements a lot of other ingredients.
Ray: For my side I chose tomatoes, onions and ham. Not sure the ham was different than the Canadian bacon. Of course, you “accidentally” started by taking a slice of mine.
Tom: Great strategy–notice I took your biggest slice?
Ray: Yes! And the pizza was poorly sliced–huge ones and small ones.
I had a Bud Light Lime to wash mine down.
Tom: I was going to have a Coke, but … “No Coke! Pepsi!” I hate to rant again but you are either a Coke person or a Pepsi person or have no taste. I did not notice if they had sold out for free or cheap Pepsi logo glasses or paper cups but if not there is certainly no reason to only carry Pepsi. In fact, even that is a cheapo reason and a poor choice on their part.
I had a Bud Light Lime as well–the only light beer (and the only Bud) worth drinking.
Ray: The food was served in sort of a BBQ place fashion: on paper plates with a roll of paper towels on the table. You place your order and they call out your number when it is ready.
Tom: And, in our case, that took a while. Neither of us clocked it but it seemed a long time, especially for a thin crust pizza. How long can that take to bake, anyway?
In fact, I thought the clerk at the counter was distracted and inattentive. She took a while to get to the counter and then was busy on her cell phone during the ordering process.
Ray: The walls here are painted a light brown/tan. There are a few black and white prints of NYC scenes on the walls, along with a couple of wide screen TVs. The music playing when we dined seemed to be a local light rock radio station.
The pizza was handed to us on a large aluminum platter that pretty much takes the other two seats’ table space at a somewhat small 4-seat table. The group of 4 next to us had to use an adjacent, 2-seat table next to the windows for a satellite table to hold their platters. I guess those 2-seaters would be for one person if they were getting a pizza.
Speaking of the chairs, they are heavy, solid wooden chairs. The decor is New York, with NYC pix on the walls.
Tom: And, those walls are part of all hard surface finishes that make it a noisy environment. The acoustic tiles are the only somewhat soft finish and are unstained only because they are new. Based on my observations of other places, just give them some time…
There was music?? It would be difficult to hear the background music if there were any.
Ray: As far as the food, it was sort of average. The ingredients were poorly distributed over the unevenly cut slices, resulting in some pieces missing ingredients or being essentially all one ingredient. The cooks must be about as attentive as the counter clerk.
Tom: And, I thought the thin slices were sort of floppy, almost soggy-limp. I just had a great pizza at Mellow Mushroom last week and there is no comparison. And, MM is a chain–hence we never reviewed it (and it is moving this summer due to some kind of dispute with the landlord, similar to Sollecito’s departure that led to their demise within a year after their move, several years ago).
And, it is not clear what kind of chain Frankie’s is–their menu lists three restaurants, with locations in Granite Falls and Viewmont (Hickory). Yet their web site links to locations in Washington state!?! A Google search of the Hickory one shows some patron comments claiming that it is the best pizza in Hickory! I feel sorry for them.
Ray: The toppings were good, but the sauce was average, and the cheese was terrible. It was so impervious to melting that it actually squeaked when chewed. The crust wasn’t anything to write home about either. It was there, but unnoticeable. I’m not sure we will revisit it–not worth going out of the way for it, especially for pizza. Even the chain pizza places like Pizza Hut and Papa John’s serve better pizza.
Tom: I might try a sandwich here to see if that is worth it, but I will be in no rush.
Web site (this is what Google shows but does not seem correct?)