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

Best All Around
We couldn't choose a winner for best all around hot dog in Houston, so it's a tie. Both are (or were) food truck, and both take the traditional hot dog out of the box and make it something worthy of a fine meal.

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Photo by Troy Fields
Behold, the Ol' Zapata.
Good Dog Houston
Though some might balk at paying more than $6 for a hot dog, take note: These are worth every penny. Good Dog Houston's signature hot dogs were such a hit on the food truck that its owners, Amalia Pferd and Daniel Caballero, were able to open a restaurant and serve their hot dogs six days a week. Every ingredient -- from the condiments to the buns to the proprietary dogs themselves -- is made in Texas, and most are produced right here in Houston. Try the Ol' Zapata for a spicy, overstuffed frank, or the New Yorker, which is topped with sauerkraut, a more traditional approach.

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Photo by Mai Pham
The Koagie Dog is the best of all worlds.
Koagie Hots
The name may refer to a Korean hoagie, but most Houstonians know by now that Koagie Hots makes a mean dog. Like the owner, Matt Pak, himself, Koagie Hots is half Korean, half American. Think cheesesteaks with kimchi and hot dogs with Asian slaw and spicy mayo. The Koagie Dog is perhaps the best hot dog on the menu. It's topped with the same marinated ribeye as the koagies as well as Asian slaw, spicy mayo and a perfectly fried egg. This is a knife and fork kind of dog, but getting it all in your belly is well worth the effort it takes to eat.


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!

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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