Never but her article has me thinking about it. I like her writing, she really communicates the feel of a place. For example she wrote a really memorable piece on Trattoria Nina last year – of course I still haven’t been there either.
We used to go there once in awhile when our kids were small. The staff and early birds were welcoming to the babies and the noise level was just right, not too loud to wake a sleeping baby but not too quiet to where they would annoy other customers if awake.
It’s an old school family place; the kind of joint my in-laws love as the salad is included with your meal and they have london broil on the menu. The food is fine, but nothing worth seeking out. I can cook superior steak at home then even the best steak house in town, so I’m not really going to Franks for their choice beef. I like prime rib but don’t remember being blown away by theirs. I love throwback places, I just wish the food were a touch better at Franks.
(A request, though, to all you globalists out there: The Boston Globe has very restrictive policies on who can read their stuff, so if there’s any other way to post articles from that site, please use that. I’d asked early in the short life of HO for the site to create a pdf repository, where we could upload articles, just as we do images, but my request seemed to have been misunderstood. I may try again.)
To return to Frank’s, I used to hear that it was indeed a big hangout for “politicos” (as the article refers to them as). I was told that Tip O’Neill could reliably be spotted there eating steak. Still, like others here, I have not yet been.
(I was going to say that this topic could be subsumed into the “old school places” thread – but that one has such bad karma.)
I was going to write the same thing. This is exactly the kind of place that I think @passing_thru had in mind for that thread. I think that qualifies him as an influencer.
I’d been to Frank’s many moons ago, before renovations / changes in the kitchen and it was a bit stuck in amber. Despite what’s written in the article, I’m putting Frank’s on my list of “where to take mom and dad.” It might be a tastier alternative to Jimmy’s (my parents are no spring onions, but even they laugh at the older folks leaving the restaurant right after noon or before 5 pm).
Places like Frank’s definitely serve a purpose for lots of people.
Try opening in a different browser. That worked for me at work just now- I always use Chrome as my default browser, and I think the Glob allows 2-3 reads before the paywall requirement kicks in. So I tried opening it in Firefox, and that works - it says I have one more free article.
Good article. I’ve not been to Frank’s, and don’t think I would have liked it in its earlier incarnation, but it sounds like the owner is amping up the menu and drink menu without going crazy on prices.
you can also clear the cookies/cache. Depending on your browser, you can do it for specific sites rather than clearing everything. That’s why the different browser works…it doesn’t know you been there before.