That’s so Dallas: Restaurant sells corn dog dipped in 24-karat edible gold

A Dallas restaurant is selling a bougie corn dog.

It’s called the Corn Dog Queen, and it’s a $24 fried frank painted with 24-karat edible gold.

“I think it’s just so fitting that Dallas, Texas, has the first gold corn dog,” says Jace Christensen, who co-owns CornDog With No Name with her mom, Vickie Fletcher.

Christensen calls it “just for fun” — though it’s also for real. The Corn Dog Queen launches just in time for State Fair of Texas season, on Sept. 25, even though the fair was canceled this year.

“It’s something bright and shiny to distract from our reality,” Christensen says.

Jace Christensen, co-owner of a Dallas restaurant named CornDog With No Name, is selling a gold-crusted corn dog during State Fair of Texas season 2020.
Jace Christensen, co-owner of a Dallas restaurant named CornDog With No Name, is selling a gold-crusted corn dog during State Fair of Texas season 2020.(Courtesy of Jace Christensen)

The mother-daughter duo are involved in a lawsuit with the Fletcher’s corny dog family. The restaurant’s moniker CornDog With No Name, while amusing, was born from a not-so-amusing family feud.

The restaurant dining room hasn’t reopened during the coronavirus pandemic, so CornDog’s co-owners are selling all of the fried food via a makeshift drive-through open on Fridays and Saturdays. (And Sundays, starting Sept. 27). Those who purchase the Corn Dog Queen will get a can of Presto Sparkling Cuvée included in the $24 price.

When the restaurant opens, Christensen plans to serve the gold-crusted corn dog with a glass of Champagne.

The process of adding gold flakes to the tip of the corn dog is a tedious task that involves a paintbrush and tweezers.

“If you breathe, you blow the gold across the room,” Christensen says. “It’s so difficult to work with.” The specs of gold leaf are positioned at the end of the corn dog, meant to look like mustard.

“It’s a technique popular with some baked goods and bonbons,” she says. “I don’t think anyone else in the world has used it on a corn dog.”

From Sept. 25 through Oct. 18 — dates when the State Fair of Texas would have taken place — CornDog With No Name will give away 100 free corn dogs to the first customers of the day. (Classic corn dogs only; limit two per car.) Christensen hopes the giveaway will entice new customers to visit the drive-through, and when they do, they will be encouraged to donate to the Big Tex Youth Livestock Auction, which supports kids in Texas raising animals.

Christensen says her “heart breaks” for the kids who won’t get scholarships in 2020 because the State Fair of Texas won’t be able to fundraise like it has in years’ past. The State Fair is a non-profit and its only fundraiser this year is the drive-through food event and photos with Big Tex, which will bring in a fraction of the money it ordinarily would have. Last year, total revenues at the fair were $66 million.

CornDog With No Name has experimented with plenty of other fried food on a stick. One of Christensen’s new favorites is The Bacon: “a pork sausage infused with jalapeño & cheddar, smothered in bacon,” according to the menu. The restaurant also sells turkey and bison corn dogs. They’ll even infuse any corn dog with CBD oil.

“Since quarantine, my realization is: Life is too short and I want to have fun, so I’m just doing me. And ‘me’ is experimenting with all the different corn dog varieties,” Christensen says.

CornDog With No Name is at 10220 Technology Blvd E., Dallas, and is open Fridays, Saturdays, and, starting Sept. 27, Sundays. 24-karat gold corn dogs become available on Sept. 25, 2020.

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