Monica Pope Creates Dateworthy Hot Dog at James Coney Island

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Chef Monica Pope has created an incredible gourmet hot dog for the Chefs and Show Dogs series at James Coney Island.
It's Chef Monica Pope's turn in the James Coney Island Houston Chefs and Show Dog series. The Sparrow Bar + Cookshop chef has created one heck of a gourmet hot dog that you will definitely want to make a date to try. Throughout the entire month of October, James Coney Island locations will serve her "Date with a Dog" creation.

If you've kept up with the other hot dogs created by Houston chefs, you know that there are no limits when it comes to crafting a gourmet dog; take the July hot dog, from Chef Hori of Kata Robata, the "Kata Ro-Dog-a," complete with a panko-crusted, deep-fried Hebrew National all-beef dog stuffed into a Slow Dough bun and topped with soft-scrambled eggs, Japanese curry sauce, pickled cucumber, picked red onions, Yuzu Kosho QP Mayo and micro greens.

Just like Hori and the other chefs in the series, Pope didn't hold back on creating her masterpiece.

For $10.99, this dog is not a cheap date, but it's definitely worth every cent.

She starts by stuffing the Texas T Kobe Beef dog with crumbled Frenchy's chorizo and shredded Veldhuizen Red Neck cheddar cheese, giving the beef a smoky, spicy and creamy filling that perfectly complements the juicy, tender dog. And if that's not enough meat, Pope also wraps the entire dog with Nueske's applewood smoked bacon. While this may seem overindulgent, it's not; the sweetness from the bacon balances with the greasy chorizo, reminding you why everyone is trying to wrap everything in bacon.

The inside of the Slow Dough Pretzel Bun is then coated in a sweet and savory date-tomato jam and chermoula, a sauce used widely in Algerian, Morocco and Tunisian cooking. One bite of this dog is truly an incredible flavor combination -- sweet, salty, spicy, smoky and savory.


Location Info

James Coney Island

5745 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sparrow Bar + Cookshop

3701 Travis St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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mack95
mack95

That was a mighty good dog. A complex blend of flavors in a time where fusion has replaced simpler pleasures, so it goes. Texas T Kobe nailed it. I am on a search for the best hotdog in America, and this might be it at six bucks. At $11.00? . . . I expected even more. 

I can grab a couple of dogs and some papaya juice in Manhattan and get some complementary complexity for less (and it is still simple and delicious, Papaya Dog). Or, I can save the plane fare and molestation that accompanies it and  track down Good Dog at the Menil and pay $7 for a Chillin dog, which also features a kind of chorizo chili. Still, I must say I'm conflicted: Damn good dog; so much going on, and it just works--Brings you to the edge and back. On the other hand, I don't know how small Monica Pope really is, but that dog sure looked big on her in the drive-thru. . . .

And, so we're clear: Hebrew National is just boring; Nathan's isn't any better; the whole Vienna beef thing is a little better, but it really isn't too interesting. The choice of Texas T Kobe should be observed and adopted in lieu of these antiquated options. They just don't stand up. 

ekhilton
ekhilton

Huh. I'm clearly in the minority here, but I loved this thing!! I thought all the flavors really worked. That tomato-date jam was a revelation.  The only other one I've tried was the Mutt Barkus, which was good, but THIS was truly memorable and a fun experience.

Costantino Aquaman Martinez
Costantino Aquaman Martinez

Thanks Jose Martinez and Faith Cisneros, I've always wanted to try those hot dog stands they have there.

Becci Himes
Becci Himes

$11 for a hot dog? I don't think so.

Faith Cisneros
Faith Cisneros

HEB Beltway 8@Blackhawk (so east) ... I'm sure Woodbridge too!

Jose Martinez
Jose Martinez

@constantino they have one at HEB woodridge@45S not sure if its the one @faith is talking about.

Jacob Haslam
Jacob Haslam

What does Monica Pope know about weiners?

Jay Francis
Jay Francis

This hot dog was not a good experience for me. Painfully salty. After a few bites I was so unhappy that I asked to substitute two regulars instead, so two regulars ended up costing $12. If you decide to go for it, I would recommend deconstructing it and eating everything separately. I cannot recommend this one to anyone.

Faith Cisneros
Faith Cisneros

you can get that from the little truck at the HEB ... 3.50 ... w/all the fixins! that's an expensive knock-off!!

Nancy Rox
Nancy Rox

Omg cant wait to try that weenie in a bun

Loona_c
Loona_c

It might taste totally different if SHE prepared it in HER restaurant.

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

$11 I don't care if it's made with kobe beef $11 is ridiculous.. Good luck JCI you may sell 20-25 of these. Sorry pretense doesn't sell.

H_e_x
H_e_x

I saw Pope and for some reason I already knew it was going to be quite expensive.

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

Different opinion: Don't waste your money because this hot dog sucks. It is the culmination of pretentiousness. The chorizo was salty and not as tasty as the chorizo you might get at a taqueria. The bacon tasted like ordinary bacon and dominated the taste.  All in all, a hot dog that fails to add up to the sum of its pretentious parts. No effing way worth $12. 

Here's how the hot dogs stack up so far, best to worst: Kata Ro, Markus, Huntin, Pope, Mockingbird.  The Kata Ro and the Markus are the only two I'd pay for again.


Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

@Loona_c  

I doubt it.  The employees at my local JCI seem to take this Chef's Dog thing pretty seriously.  When you order one they give you a heads up that it will take a little extra time to prepare.  The Chef's Dogs I have gotten appeared to be well prepared and look like the ones pictured.

I think the problem is all this gourmet shit from boutique artisans doesn't necessarily pay off on a hot dog. 

jberlat1
jberlat1

@gossamersixteen The Burger Guys sell $10 burgers and people seem to buy those. Heck, Ninfa's charges $35 for a pound of fajitas. Talk about a ripoff. 

ComicBookGuy
ComicBookGuy

@Bruce_Are I did not like this dog at all.  I like strong flavors, but this was over the top... overly smoky, overly salty.  I could hardly taste the  "Veldhuizen Red Neck cheddar cheese," not that it needed the extra flavor.  And probably most disconcerting was the Toamato Date jam... an unwelcome sweetness that seemed to rear its head randomly as I ate it.

Don't get me started on Kobe beef dogs... hot dogs are lips and as$#oles.  GIve me a Nathan's or Hebrew National when I want a dog.  Not $11.00 of disjointed pretentiousness.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

@Bruce_Are I agree that the Kata dog has been the best, so far.  i haven't had this one yet, but I'm getting tired of all of these pretzel bun variations.

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