Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Ten Best Hot Dogs
Most Unique Toppings
Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg If you can dream it, Happy Fatz will probably put it on a hot dog.
Part bakery, part hot dog shop, Happy Fatz shouldn't work--but it does. All the hot dogs are 1/4-pound Hebrew National kosher beef, and they have a wonderful smoky flavor. It's the toppings and bread that really make these hot dogs shine, though. How 'bout Shiner Bock chili, hashbrowns, basil-garlic mayo, charro beans, white cheddar pimento cheese or olive tapenade? Instead of a regular bun, try a soft pretzel bun, a poppyseed bun, a jalapeño bun or even...a tortilla? Yeah, we haven't tried that one yet, but based on all the other hot dog iterations at Happy Fatz, we're sure it's grand.
Best Local Dog
Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg All local ingredients in this hot dog.
For those locavores among us, Revival Market is the place for all your hot dog needs. All the meat Revival sells is locally raised, and it's all butchered, ground and cased in house. The frankfurter is a simple creation--an all beef hot dog in a buttery toasted bun with sauerkraut and mustard (reminder: that's New York style). For something a little more fun, try the Revival Dog, a Mangalitsa hot dog topped with chicharrones from the same Mangalitsa piggy as the hot dog itself. Nose to tail, baby.
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