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On the Road: Frank’s OBX Dog House on the Outer Banks

October 2nd, 2010 · 3 Comments

The islands of the Outer Banks are getting flooded – again. It worries me – we’ve made a lot of friends on those out-islands (dubbed OBX on the popular car stickers) in only two visits – most recently in July. It was during a drive around Hatteras that we stopped at Frank’s OBX Dog House in Waves, kinda part of Salvo – drawn by the bright yellow building, the retro hot dog art decorating their fence, and a big retriever on the high porch.

Turns out, the live guy wasn’t the owners’ dog, but a constant customer’s pet.

Frank and Debbie Lorenzo from Queens

Owners Frank and Debora Lorenzo are genial and chatty, and have fun at what they do.

They’re originally from Queens, where they had a pizza place in the mid ’70s. They moved to the Outer Banks 39 years ago, and up until a few years back, they ran a rental office for vacation homes. The economy tanked, and Frank went a few rounds with cancer. They bounced back, and opened Franks OBX Dog House.

Hot dogs – of course – are on the menu, and we calculated 22 versions just from a list and a few variants. There probably are hundreds if you’re so inclined. All have fun names – based on their dogs (great Danes) and customers who visit the bright yellow shack across the street from the Post Office.

The most expensive is only $3.95. It’s the Doberman, with the works. You can get stuff like hot sauce, relish, kraut, chili, cheese, onions, and a zillion combos of other stuff.

We love their motto: “Help us Save These Dogs from the Pound!”

They’re really good hot dogs – they use all-beef hot dogs and then make a few of their own toppings.

More than that, they’re a find as a couple and it’s a great spot to stop and chat – do go by and tell ’em we sent you!

Frank’s OBX Dog House

  • 25972 Highway 12, Waves, N.C. (across from the Waves Post Office)
  • (No phone)

Tags: Off Road

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Miles Midgette // Oct 5, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    That reminds me, I owe Frank his genealogy report. So happy to hear he and Debbie are doing well!

  • 2 Paul // May 27, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Best dogs on the island, from the best people on the island.

  • 3 Cassie // Aug 9, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    So very glad to find this review! We’re currently staying right down the road and now plan to head to Frank’s tomorrow! Very excited – thanks for sharing the review!

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