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Fancy Hot Dog Shops Are Invading Houston

Two new out-of-state eateries have arrived, and they’re obsessed with the humble hot dog

Dog Haus is one of many fancy hot dog chains headed to Space City
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Houston has plenty of restaurants dedicated to one single dish — hamburgers, fried chicken strips, and ramen, among others — but it appears that the newest trend in single-focus restaurants is the humble hot dog.

Last week alone, two Houston suburbs each scored their own hot dog-devoted restaurants, one in Spring and one in Katy. These newcomers join already-open Houston favorites like Good Dog and Spicy Dog N’ Go, and even more hot dog restaurants are en route. New Orleans’s beloved Dat Dog is expected to open a Houston location in Rice Village by the end of the year, and California chain Dog Haus is also en route. Even though it isn’t exactly gourmet, Wienerschnitzel has also announced plans to bring multiple locations to Space City in the coming months.

Maybe Houston is just a seriously hot dog-obsessed city. Scope out the details on each new spot below, and get ready to feast on these fine wieners.

Crave Hot Dogs & Barbecue

Where: 6633 Spring Stuebner Road, Suite 330, Spring, TX

What it is: A fast-casual spot serving everything from pulled pork sandwiches to giant stuffed baked potatoes, but the real focus is the hot dogs. Three different types of sausage are on offer — a traditional jumbo-sized hot dog, bratwurst, and spicy or mild sausage. Each of those dog options are tucked into a bun then loaded down with toppings like craft beer cheese, cole slaw, spicy pickles, and sport peppers. Perhaps most importantly, the restaurant also boasts a self-service wall of beers to wash down all those hot dogs.

That’s My Dog

Where: 22635 Morton Ranch Road in Katy

What it is: The first brick-and-mortar location of a Bay Area hot dog truck that made its Houston debut on June 29. Like Crave, this shop is also known for its barbecue prowess. Outside of the brisket-topped fries and “Scooby Snacks,” also known as desserts, diners will find five different sausage options ranging from hot links to veggie dogs and Polish sausage, and a bounty of toppings like turkey chili, Cajun coleslaw, and a big pile of that smoky brisket.