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Where to Eat Houston's Finest Hot Dogs

Eater Houston's guide to the city's finest hot dogs

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We could detail the storied and debated origins of everyone's favorite tubular meat, from it's cameo in Homer's Odyssey to the two German towns that claim birthplace rights of the modern hot dog, but for the sake of brevity let's get to our list of Houston's top dogs.

Please note these hot dog picks are not ordered by preference.

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Moon Tower Inn

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When asked for a quote as to how exactly Moon Tower Inn would like to be described (icehouse, dive-bar, dog-slinging revolution) they responded with a "religious experience." Fair enough. This unpretentious hot dog and tap-beer nirvana specializes in wild-game wieners made from earthy meats with from elk to pheasant. Try the Wild Boar with garlic, onion, marsala and provolone.

Moon Tower Inn. [Photo: Yelp/Brittany N.]

Sammy's Wild Game Grill

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Like Moon Tower Inn, Sammy’s is all about the wild game sausage dogs. And although Moon Tower still has my heart for ambiance and over-all quality, Sammy’s has a drive-through, and is well-worth a visit. Get the Duck with Apple Brandy and add the sauerkraut.

Sammy's Wild Game Grill. [Photo: Sammy's Wild Game Grill/Facebook]

Good Dog Houston

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Good Dog Houston: If it's good enough for gumshoe food sleuths in Houston, it's good enough for us. Good Dog Houston well deserves its accolades from critics around town, the dogs are made from scratch with artisanal buns and a slew of inventive toppings carefully curated by owners Amalia Pferd and Daniel Caballero. Try the Curryous Frank, curried scouter onion relish, cilantro chutney (uh, yes please), sweet potato crisps, sriracha ketchup and roasted garlic aioli it’s the equivalent of Mozart's Magic Flute in your mouth.

Good Dog Houston. [Photo: Good Dog Houston Facebook]

Happy Endings

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Happy Endings food truck tops their dogs with more than the average ketchup, like the Maui Wowwie topped with pineapples, cheddar cheese and their homemade teriyaki or the Yamate topped with kimichi, spicy cucumbers and a sweet soy sauce. These dogs are made with 100% real beef and served on sweet Hawaiian steam rolls baked daily. Best to find them via twitter @happyendingshtx

Happy Endings. [Photo: Happy Endings/Facebook]

Becks Prime

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When you aren't looking for a gourmet experience, but something a little more classic pull-into Beck's Prime. They serve their dogs with Boar's Head, grilled over mesquite and butterflied.

Swamplot. [Photo: Swamplot]

Happy Fatz

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Happy Fatz has made our lists before, from best dogs to being dog friendly. The Heights spot serves hot dogs that are ¼ pound “Hebrew National” Kosher Beef gourmet dogs with specialty toppings. Try the Clucker, topped with hash browns, bacon, grilled onion and a fried egg cooked over easy with Happy Fatz “secret clucker sauce.”

Happy Fatz. [Photo: Christina V.]

Yo Yo's Hot Dog

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Yo Yo's Hot Dogs only sets up Thursday through Sunday from 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., and despite the late night hours you should expect a line. And that line is well deserved, the Asian-fusion hot dog stand serves two types, the beef Yo Yo dog for $4 and the bratwurst for $5, my advice? Get 'em fully loaded.

Yo Yo's Hot Dog. [Photo: Long P. V.]

Moon Tower Inn

When asked for a quote as to how exactly Moon Tower Inn would like to be described (icehouse, dive-bar, dog-slinging revolution) they responded with a "religious experience." Fair enough. This unpretentious hot dog and tap-beer nirvana specializes in wild-game wieners made from earthy meats with from elk to pheasant. Try the Wild Boar with garlic, onion, marsala and provolone.

Moon Tower Inn. [Photo: Yelp/Brittany N.]

Sammy's Wild Game Grill

Like Moon Tower Inn, Sammy’s is all about the wild game sausage dogs. And although Moon Tower still has my heart for ambiance and over-all quality, Sammy’s has a drive-through, and is well-worth a visit. Get the Duck with Apple Brandy and add the sauerkraut.

Sammy's Wild Game Grill. [Photo: Sammy's Wild Game Grill/Facebook]

Good Dog Houston

Good Dog Houston: If it's good enough for gumshoe food sleuths in Houston, it's good enough for us. Good Dog Houston well deserves its accolades from critics around town, the dogs are made from scratch with artisanal buns and a slew of inventive toppings carefully curated by owners Amalia Pferd and Daniel Caballero. Try the Curryous Frank, curried scouter onion relish, cilantro chutney (uh, yes please), sweet potato crisps, sriracha ketchup and roasted garlic aioli it’s the equivalent of Mozart's Magic Flute in your mouth.

Good Dog Houston. [Photo: Good Dog Houston Facebook]

Happy Endings

Happy Endings food truck tops their dogs with more than the average ketchup, like the Maui Wowwie topped with pineapples, cheddar cheese and their homemade teriyaki or the Yamate topped with kimichi, spicy cucumbers and a sweet soy sauce. These dogs are made with 100% real beef and served on sweet Hawaiian steam rolls baked daily. Best to find them via twitter @happyendingshtx

Happy Endings. [Photo: Happy Endings/Facebook]

Becks Prime

When you aren't looking for a gourmet experience, but something a little more classic pull-into Beck's Prime. They serve their dogs with Boar's Head, grilled over mesquite and butterflied.

Swamplot. [Photo: Swamplot]

Happy Fatz

Happy Fatz has made our lists before, from best dogs to being dog friendly. The Heights spot serves hot dogs that are ¼ pound “Hebrew National” Kosher Beef gourmet dogs with specialty toppings. Try the Clucker, topped with hash browns, bacon, grilled onion and a fried egg cooked over easy with Happy Fatz “secret clucker sauce.”

Happy Fatz. [Photo: Christina V.]

Yo Yo's Hot Dog

Yo Yo's Hot Dogs only sets up Thursday through Sunday from 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., and despite the late night hours you should expect a line. And that line is well deserved, the Asian-fusion hot dog stand serves two types, the beef Yo Yo dog for $4 and the bratwurst for $5, my advice? Get 'em fully loaded.

Yo Yo's Hot Dog. [Photo: Long P. V.]

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