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13 Excellent Houston Hot Dog Destinations

Where to find the freshest toppings, the snappiest franks, and so much more

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Two kraut-covered hot dogs from Kenny & Ziggys
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There may have been a time when hot dogs were reserved for kiddie birthday parties, afternoons at the ballpark, or a backyard barbecue on a summer evening, but these days, foodies of all ages are up for the perfect pairing of savory meat and fluffy bread as a filling, any-time-of-day meal.

Cities like Chicago and New York have earned notoriety for their no-nonsense street dogs, but Houston — a famed meat and barbecue destination — is slinging superior hot dogs of its own, from simple, snappy wieners topped with traditional condiments to heaping Tex-Mex inspired buns smothered in fiery fixins.

Whether in search of a foot-long frank doused in chili or something a little bit simpler, these 13 Houston hot dog destinations won’t disappoint.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Becks Prime

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Beck’s Prime keeps things uncomplicated with two choices of hot dog made with certified angus beef — an old-fashioned hot dog topped simply with mustard, pickle and onion, and an oh-so-sloppy chili cheese dog. Complete the old-fashioned experience by pairing with a shake or malt.

B.B. Lemon

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In addition to nostalgic comfort eats like patty melts and root beer floats, BB Lemon features a quarter-pound wagyu beef hot dog, slathered in Creole mustard and sprinkled with dill pickle and raw onions. Have it the classic way for $8, or for a couple of dollars more, upgrade to the decadent chili cheese dog.

Turner's

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In true fine-dining fashion, Turner’s presents an opportunity to indulge in a seriously luxurious dog. Priced at $22, this build-your-own option involves a Texas wagyu dog that’s served with hearty chili, sauerkraut, and two different types of onions for ultimate customization.

Good Dog Houston

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This food truck turned Montrose mainstay boasts a slew of hot dog options, all served on locally baked buns and made with Texas franks. Go for the classic New Yorker, topped with beer-braised sauerkraut and whole-grain mustard, or the Chili Cheese Please, which pairs chorizo chili with mustard-cheese sauce. For a more adventurous take on a traditional dog, try the Tex-Mex inspired Texican with refried beans, cheese, avocado, and jalapeño.

Sixes and Sevens

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Montrose newbie Sixes and Sevens is as much a destination for its hot dogs as it is for its funky neon interior and craft cocktails. Served by Horn Dogs Houston, the franks here are all-beef, and foot-long. The “plain-ass” horn dog is spiced with curry ketchup and hot Chinese honey mustard, while the pizza parlor dog boasts all of the makings of a perfect pie — pizza sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, Italian sausage, and pickled peppers.

Southwell’s

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For more than three decades, Southwell’s has been serving old-fashioned burgers, sandwiches and hot dogs to Houston diners. Here, jumbo hot dogs are made with all-beef wieners and presented with mustard, lettuce, tomato, and onions, while the chili cheese dogs are built on a hamburger bun.

The Burger Joint

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Among the many burgers on the menu at the Burger Joint, there are also four solid hot dog choices to consider, including a vegetarian option. The veggie dog boasts all of the classic flavors of a real hot dog, but is built with a tofu center, grilled onions, and mustard. For Texas-sized appetites, try the foot-long Big Frank, finished off with pulled pork, barbecue sauce, and crunchy slaw.

Killen's Burgers

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At this old-fashioned burger bar in Pearland helmed by barbecue king Ronnie Killen, picture-perfect dogs served with freshly-baked buns and house-made pickles join the long list of burgers, sandwiches and shakes. Killen uses locally-sourced 44 Farms beef for the restaurant’s all-beef hot dog and allows guests to customize away with toppings like Wisconsin cheddar, sauteed mushrooms, and bacon. 

Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen

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Save a trip to the Big Apple and sample one of Kenny & Ziggy’s inspired New York-style franks. A splurge at $13.95, each all-beef hot dog is topped with hearty toppings and served with house-cut fries. Try the Slaw & Order ,with pastrami, mustard, and coleslaw, or the saucy Reubensque, with corned beef, sauerkraut, and tangy Russian dressing.

JCI-James Coney Island (Shepherd)

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For almost a century, James Coney Island has served as a budget-friendly hot dog haven in Houston, slinging traditional and specialty hot dogs, corn dogs, and plenty of sides to go along with. The Chicago dog is made with 100% beef and offers a combination of mustard, relish, tomatoes, onions, and peppers on a poppy seed bun. Add on tots or onion rings and a soda to make it a meal. 

Katz's Deli & Bar

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Satisfy New York-style deli dog cravings day or night at Katz’s, open 24 hours daily. The all-beef Kosher hot dog offers 12 inches of meaty goodness, while the chili cheese dog is generously topped with Katz’s own homemade chili. Save room for cheesecake or a pair of cheese blintzes for a real NYC experience.

Moon Tower Inn

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Think outside the typical weiner at Moon Tower Inn, where guests may choose from wild game wieners, made with proteins like duck, rabbit, elk and wild boar. Choose your own adventure by adding beer mustard, sambal mayonnaise, or dill relish and behold bite after delicious bite of your own creation.

YoYo's Hotdog

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This wildly popular late night food cart is known for juicy dogs with a perfectly-charred exterior, topped with a choice of curry ketchup, warm cream cheese, spicy mustard, honey mayo ,and crunchy fried onions.

Becks Prime

Beck’s Prime keeps things uncomplicated with two choices of hot dog made with certified angus beef — an old-fashioned hot dog topped simply with mustard, pickle and onion, and an oh-so-sloppy chili cheese dog. Complete the old-fashioned experience by pairing with a shake or malt.

B.B. Lemon

In addition to nostalgic comfort eats like patty melts and root beer floats, BB Lemon features a quarter-pound wagyu beef hot dog, slathered in Creole mustard and sprinkled with dill pickle and raw onions. Have it the classic way for $8, or for a couple of dollars more, upgrade to the decadent chili cheese dog.

Turner's

In true fine-dining fashion, Turner’s presents an opportunity to indulge in a seriously luxurious dog. Priced at $22, this build-your-own option involves a Texas wagyu dog that’s served with hearty chili, sauerkraut, and two different types of onions for ultimate customization.

Good Dog Houston

This food truck turned Montrose mainstay boasts a slew of hot dog options, all served on locally baked buns and made with Texas franks. Go for the classic New Yorker, topped with beer-braised sauerkraut and whole-grain mustard, or the Chili Cheese Please, which pairs chorizo chili with mustard-cheese sauce. For a more adventurous take on a traditional dog, try the Tex-Mex inspired Texican with refried beans, cheese, avocado, and jalapeño.

Sixes and Sevens

Montrose newbie Sixes and Sevens is as much a destination for its hot dogs as it is for its funky neon interior and craft cocktails. Served by Horn Dogs Houston, the franks here are all-beef, and foot-long. The “plain-ass” horn dog is spiced with curry ketchup and hot Chinese honey mustard, while the pizza parlor dog boasts all of the makings of a perfect pie — pizza sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, Italian sausage, and pickled peppers.

Southwell’s

For more than three decades, Southwell’s has been serving old-fashioned burgers, sandwiches and hot dogs to Houston diners. Here, jumbo hot dogs are made with all-beef wieners and presented with mustard, lettuce, tomato, and onions, while the chili cheese dogs are built on a hamburger bun.

The Burger Joint

Among the many burgers on the menu at the Burger Joint, there are also four solid hot dog choices to consider, including a vegetarian option. The veggie dog boasts all of the classic flavors of a real hot dog, but is built with a tofu center, grilled onions, and mustard. For Texas-sized appetites, try the foot-long Big Frank, finished off with pulled pork, barbecue sauce, and crunchy slaw.

Killen's Burgers

At this old-fashioned burger bar in Pearland helmed by barbecue king Ronnie Killen, picture-perfect dogs served with freshly-baked buns and house-made pickles join the long list of burgers, sandwiches and shakes. Killen uses locally-sourced 44 Farms beef for the restaurant’s all-beef hot dog and allows guests to customize away with toppings like Wisconsin cheddar, sauteed mushrooms, and bacon. 

Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen

Save a trip to the Big Apple and sample one of Kenny & Ziggy’s inspired New York-style franks. A splurge at $13.95, each all-beef hot dog is topped with hearty toppings and served with house-cut fries. Try the Slaw & Order ,with pastrami, mustard, and coleslaw, or the saucy Reubensque, with corned beef, sauerkraut, and tangy Russian dressing.

JCI-James Coney Island (Shepherd)

For almost a century, James Coney Island has served as a budget-friendly hot dog haven in Houston, slinging traditional and specialty hot dogs, corn dogs, and plenty of sides to go along with. The Chicago dog is made with 100% beef and offers a combination of mustard, relish, tomatoes, onions, and peppers on a poppy seed bun. Add on tots or onion rings and a soda to make it a meal. 

Katz's Deli & Bar

Satisfy New York-style deli dog cravings day or night at Katz’s, open 24 hours daily. The all-beef Kosher hot dog offers 12 inches of meaty goodness, while the chili cheese dog is generously topped with Katz’s own homemade chili. Save room for cheesecake or a pair of cheese blintzes for a real NYC experience.

Moon Tower Inn

Think outside the typical weiner at Moon Tower Inn, where guests may choose from wild game wieners, made with proteins like duck, rabbit, elk and wild boar. Choose your own adventure by adding beer mustard, sambal mayonnaise, or dill relish and behold bite after delicious bite of your own creation.

YoYo's Hotdog

This wildly popular late night food cart is known for juicy dogs with a perfectly-charred exterior, topped with a choice of curry ketchup, warm cream cheese, spicy mustard, honey mayo ,and crunchy fried onions.

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