Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Ten Best Hot Dogs

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Might as well be in Chi-town with a dog like this.
Best Classic Dog
James Coney Island
Houston's oldest hot dog restaurant has been serving the city since 1923, and though James Coney Island recently underwent a rebranding of sorts (JCI Grill...really?), the classic hot dogs are as good as ever. The Texas, Chicago and New York dogs are great examples of the diversity of early hot dogs. In Chicago, it was all about that sweet green relish and sport peppers on a poppyseed bun. In New York, folks want mustard and sauerkraut. And here in Texas, of course, we pile chili on top. Whatever you choose, you can rest assured that JCI is making the same quality all-beef hot dogs that have made them a Houston institution.

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Yes, chicken hot dogs are a thing, and yes, they are glorious.
Best Chicken Dog
Eatsie Boys
A chicken hot dog? For real? Oh, you'd better believe it. The "Frank the Pretzel" hot dog at Eatsie Boys is a superb reflection of Houston in hot dog form, from the Slow Dough pretzel bun to the chardonnay mustard from Grateful Bread to the delectable chicken sausage dog ground in-house with parsley, poblano peppers, Parmesan and feta. The sausage is grilled so there's a nice char in spots, which brings out the slight heat in the poblano peppers and the funkiness in the cheese.

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Location Info

The Hot Dog Shop Restaurant & Sports Bar

6405 Brittmoore Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Los Perros Dos

, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

James Coney Island

5745 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Eatsie Boys

4100 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: General

Happy Fatz

3510 White Oak, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Revival Market

550 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sammy's Wild Game Grill

3715 Washington Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Moon Tower Inn

3004 Canal, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Good Dog Houston

903 Studewood St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Koagie Hots

, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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19 comments
Gem Nguyen
Gem Nguyen

Definitely will be on my to-do list! Thanks!

Sam Samson
Sam Samson

Sammy's is a terrible imitation. Avoid it.

juanes34
juanes34

Hieghts General Store.... meat that's ground and seasoned in-house and served with a smile on a patio overlooking 19th street.

Gina Tamez
Gina Tamez

Laura Harbeson we might have to check these out!

the_REAL_TimBlack
the_REAL_TimBlack

so you basically made up a category to get Good Dog on the list, because since it's in The Heights, it just HAS to be on the list doesn't it?

Chase Thorn
Chase Thorn

Good dog blows. Over priced and tiny ass little wieners!

kmaher23
kmaher23

@the_REAL_TimBlack Good Dog is in The Greater Heights Area, not "The Heights."  So they can sell you a beer without pretending they have a "club."  


Great dogs, too.   And thick milkshakes. 

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