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The Original Franks – Deptford, NJ

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Hard-luck local comes back with authority

The Original Franks – Deptford, NJ
Meal: Lunch (for One – pickup) / Weekday / 1230p
Price: $8.60

I remember reading about Frank’s in the paper; the small Delsea Drive pizzeria in Deptford had burned down and closed its doors for nearly a year. Heading back from some business at the Deptford Mall, I noticed they reopened and ditched the Diner to see if they could convince me to come back. Always one to support local business, I ordered a cheesesteak sub and a slice of pizza to help out. Would it be good enough to add Frank’s to my Gloucester County lunch circuit?

The interior of Frank’s is new as the restaurant has been completely rebuilt after the fire. I had my cell phone on me and snapped a low-res picture for your enjoyment. Everything was clean, but I wouldn’t necessarily say it had the atmosphere to enjoy a sit-down meal even though there were 6 or 7 tables ready for some action. I recognized the owner from the newspaper articles on the wall. He took me order with a minimum amount of acknowledgment. They had several slices of pizza to choose from, and I decided on the bacon chicken ranch. To further pile up the calories, I had to try their cheesesteak sub as it’s one of my favorite guilty dishes.

Original Frank's Interior

Original Frank's Interior

At $8.60, I thought the prices were really fair. I didn’t recall getting a receipt, but you figure the slice of pizza was probably $2. Maybe the cheesesteak was $6, and the balance tax. No complaints there. After about 15 minutes, my order was ready and I took off. I noticed the pizza was just shoved into a paper bag with a paper plate underneathe. I’m not sure what else they’re supposed to do, but it would be cool if they had single-slice boxes or something. Just a thought. If the pizza was under-packaged, the cheesesteak was pleasantly over-packaged. Instead of just being rolled up in foil/paper, it was sliced into three parts, accompanied by ruffled chips, and placed in a clear hinged container. I like that approach.

Everything was very good. The pizza had terrific flavor and was very indulging. For my tastes, it could have used less bacon and more chicken, but I really liked the ranch sauce drizzled across the slice. It was a decent size with a nice, browned crust. The sub was awesome. The bread, though not toasted as I prefer, was soft, delicious, and high-quality. You can see in the pic that I got a total of one tomato slice, which was a bummer, but otherwise it had an adequate amount of lettuce and onions. The real thing I noticed was how much meat you get. It might not be so easy to tell in the photo, but my impression was that they gave me a whole lot of beef. I’m not sure exactly how long the roll is, but i dont remember it being small by any means, so my guess would be 6-8 inches. The chips were probably ruffles.

My initial impression is that Frank’s strives for top-quality ingredients, fair prices, and good portions, all things we like here at Chewru. While Jimmi’s and Dominic’s have established consistency with pizza and subs, I will indeed frequent Frank’s more often to check out some of the other pizza choices, and of course, down another great cheesesteak.

Cheesesteak Sub

Cheesesteak Sub

Pros:

– Great food all around
– Very reasonable prices

Cons:

-Maybe not my first choice to eat-in

Guru’s Score: 4.0 Chews

 ★★★★☆

Subjective rating: Keep it consistent and we might inch this higher!

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