The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Hot Dogs
For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants.
Photo by Jeff Vogt You can even get sauerkraut on your $1.50 Costco dog!
Listen, you guys. Listen. Listen. Listen. Listen.
I don't give a shit what anyone says. The best hot dogs in the city, for my money, are at Costco. I don't have a Gold Star Membership that I split with my hetero-life-mate for the bulk socks or vats of hummus. I have it so I can get cheap eyeglasses and $1.50 Kosher, all-beef, foot-long hot dogs. For your $1.50, you also get a super-size cup of soda (with free refills!), but I'm just here for the hot dogs.
The original $1.50 price of the combo hasn't changed at all since its inception in 1985. Now, I realize that IKEA, down the road on the Katy Freeway, offers a hot dog combo of its own for $2 that's pretty damn good: two hot dogs, a bag of chips and another soda with free refills. But the Costco dog is better.
Granted, they're no longer using the Hebrew National all-beef dogs anymore, but Costco has developed its own in-house brand (Kirkland's, like you didn't know) that tastes identical. And that's all I care about. That and a drizzle of mustard on top.
But since the Houston Press doesn't have restaurant listings for home furnishings stores, this week's Top 10 list will have to focus on restaurant hot dogs only. And here they are.
10. Happy Fatz
Photo by John Suh
This adorable Heights eatery is located in an old house, which only adds to the homespun charm of the place. Happy Fatz specializes in two things: baked goods and hot dogs, meaning that no meal here is complete without a mini cupcake to go. The all-beef dogs, served in Slow Dough buns, come covered with plenty of fresh and inventive toppings such as the breakfast-for-lunch-style Clucker topped with hashbrowns and a fried egg.