Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Ten Best Hot Dogs
Best Classic Dog
Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg Might as well be in Chi-town with a dog like this.
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.
Best Chicken Dog
Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg Yes, chicken hot dogs are a thing, and yes, they are glorious.
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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