100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 57, Lone Star Dog at James Coney Island

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This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least once.

No list of 100 best dishes in Houston would be complete without a hot dog from James Coney Island, one of the city's oldest and most storied restaurants. While the original location that the Papadakis brothers opened in 1923 at the corner of Walker and Main is now closed, their hot dog and chili legend lives on across the city.

Last year, it was the classic Houstonian combo that made our 100 Favorite Dishes list. This year, James Coney Island introduced a line of new hot dogs at its Shepherd location that feature something different than its standard franks and buns: Three specialty hot dogs using all-beef Hebrew National franks on Houston-baked Slow Dough Bread Co. buns.

There are Baja (avocado, chipotle mayonnaise and red onions) and Empire (sauerkraut, spicy mustard and grilled onions) dogs on the specialty menu, but the Lone Star dog is my favorite.

Topped simply with tangy, sweet barbecue sauce and battered slices of onion rings, the Lone Star dog is nestled into a buttery bun that holds up until the very last bite. Being a Texan, I like to top mine with yellow mustard and jalapeños too -- but it tastes just as good without any extras.

The list so far:

No. 100: Chili cheese mac at Jus' Mac
No. 99: Texas turkey sandwich at Spec's
No. 98: Custard at Petite Sweets
No. 97: Caprichos mixtos at Taqueria Monterrey Chiquito
No. 96: Pineapple-wasabi burger at Lankford Grocery
No. 95: Farmer's MKT Pizza at Phoenicia's MKT Bar
No. 94: Potatoes at Money Cat Brunch
No. 93: Breakfast tacos at Sunrise Taquito
No. 92: Hot dog at Tacos D.F.
No. 91: Avocado gelato at Frozen Cafe
No. 90: Chicken sandwich at JerryBuilt Homegrown Burgers
No. 89: Beer-battered asparagus at Hearsay
No. 88: Honey Badger omelet at Kraftsmen Cafe
No. 87: Pastelitos de carne at El Jalapeño
No. 86: Pancakes at Union Kitchen
No. 85: Wild boar and crab pizza at Boheme
No. 84: Breakfast croissant at BB Donuts
No. 83: Pretzel at Anvil Bar & Refuge
No. 82: Short rib sandwich at Shepherd Park Draught House
No. 81: Grilled shrimp po-boy at Pappadeaux
No. 80: Dahi puri at Shiv Sagar
No. 79: Aporreado at Los Corrales
No. 78: Oxtail francobolli at Aldo's Cucina Italiana
No. 77: Tonkotsu at Cafe Kubo's
No. 76: Spinach danish from Angela's Oven
No. 75: Pupusas at El Petate
No. 74: Pheasant dog at Sammy's Wild Game Grill
No. 73: X-Tudo burger at Friends Pizzeria
No. 72: Esparragos gratinados at Tintos
No. 71: Gua bao at Yummy Kitchen
No. 70: Geisha dog at Happy Endings
No. 69: Oyster po-boy and gumbo at Goode Co. Seafood
No. 68: Ceviche at Sirena Seafood
No. 67: Caldo de mariscos at Taqueria Arandas
No. 66: Banana pudding at Pizzitola's
No. 65: Fried catfish and gumbo at Cafe-A-La
No. 64: Soft-shell crabs at Banana Leaf
No. 63: Macaroni and cheese at Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse
No. 62: Torta burger at El Gran Malo
No. 61: Black bean burger at Ziggy's
No. 60: Parillada at Pampa Grill
No. 59: Peanut butter and jalapeño jelly burger at Wicked Whisk
No. 58: Eggplant involtini at Giacomo's Cibo e Vino

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Location Info

James Coney Island

3607 S. Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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3 Chili Cheese Coneys all the way, cheese tots, and a HUGE Dr Pepper...Heaven.

Urban Swank
Urban Swank

I hear their food truck will be unveiled soon in Houston. Does anyone know if there is any truth to that? ~ UG


It is nice to see JCI back on top of the "Hot Dog World"


My Texas twist on the lobster roll is fresh lobster on an HEB handmade flour tortilla, dipped in butter.  I never eat hot dogs, ok almost.  Had to grill a couple on Wednesday the Fourth, a Nathan's from the Kroger deli on Thursday that had sat too long, but quite edible, and for dessert, on Friday, my favorites, two James Coney Island original, no onions.  Five dogs in four days, that will last until Labor Day.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I had a Texas twist on the lobster roll from Revival Market over the weekend: a Gulf shrimp roll with arugula. Really good stuff, although I did end up with a little too much bread at the end.


 We tried this.  The dough to meat ratio was off.  We're trying, slowly, to see if we can ever get this off the ground, but hopefully we will.  As to the Lone Star Dog, I believe they are now at all locations.  I know The Woodlands location has them.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

It's from Slow Dough! Put some lobster on it and call Texas Maine.

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

I need to know where to get the New England roll that is on. STAT.

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