There’s one week left in National Hot Dog Month. Hot dogs may get a bad rap, but I am not ashamed to declare my love for them. Still, if you love hot dogs, but are a bit more shy about it, National Hot Dog month is the perfect excuse to indulge in your guilty pleasure. And lucky for us Houstonians, we’ve got a great selection to choose from.
Up first was the obvious choice, Good Dog. I visited the Montrose location, but they also have a spot in the Heights. The only difference according to their website are the brews. I went with the Ol’Zapata with bacon, muenster cheese, caramelized onions, tomatoes, jalapeno relish, and ketchup. Yes, ketchup. I do not subscribe to the notion that ketchup has no place on a hot dog and I’m not sorry about it. In fact, hot dogs are one of the very few foods I do put ketchup on, but that’s a debate for another day. My favorite dining companion went the fried egg route with the Benedict Franklin. This was our first stop for National Hot Dog Month and I was convinced it wouldn’t get better than this. I left happy.
Moon Tower Inn
Can you tell Moon Tower Inn is a little quirky from the photo? If you’re looking for a hot dog that’s way off the beaten path, Moon Tower Inn is your spot. It’s entirely outdoors, so wait until evening during these hot summer months. And to relieve yourself from the heat, grab one of the local beers on tap. You can even try one they brew themselves. You should know what you’re in for by the URL of their website: damngoodfoodcoldassbeer.com. I tried one of their wild game hot dogs. Among the selection are wild boar, elk, and pheasant to name a few. I went with the rabbit with wine and herbals. To be honest, it wasn’t my favorite. Not bad, but I wouldn’t order it again. But don’t let the exotic selection scare you off. The bartenders are Houston friendly and they’re happy to help you make a suitable selection.
Happy Fatz was my last stop for NHDM. I left both happy and feeling a little snug in the waist of my pants in the very best way. I got a dog from their specialty menu, the Tailgator on a jalapeno bun. Just look at it in all its mushroom-smothered glory. Look at it! National Hot Dog Month or not, you’ve got make it a point to go to Happy Fatz. Everything looked scrumptious. I don’t even like breakfast food (cue the gasps), but the french toasts that were being paraded out of the kitchen had me looking like the heart eyes emoji. And then there are the desserts. I’d filled up on my glorious hot dog, but I was watching the key lime cheesecake out of the corner of my eye. And then I returned later that same day for dessert because I was still thinking about that cheesecake. Seriously. I did that.
So now you know that Houston is a rich land of gourmet hot dogs. Do you have a favorite? Let me know in the comments below!