7 Best Places to Get Hot Dogs in Houston

Whether you're looking for something simple, gourmet or totally unique, the Bayou City has you covered. Here are the top places to get the best hot dogs in Houston. 

01 of 07

Good Dog Houston

Good Dog Houston
Robyn Correll

Good Dog Houston takes gourmet hot dogs to a whole new level. All ingredients are either made from scratch or locally sourced, including their homemade whole grain mustard and sriracha ketchup.

For a fan favorite, try the Picnic Dog. It is stacked high with chorizo and beef chili, potato salad and a slice of dill pickle so that every bite tastes like a Fourth of July picnic. ​

Tip: Good Dog only uses peanut oil to fry their crispy treats. If you have a peanut allergy, be sure to check with the staff about allergen risk with your order.

Features:

  • Kid-friendly
  • Outdoor seating
  • Pet-friendly patio

It is located at 903 Studewood Street, Houston, TX 77008.

02 of 07

Yoyo’s Hot Dog

The menu for Yoyo's Hot Dog could fit on a post-it. They only do one thing: New York-style street hotdogs — but with a flavorful twist. You can choose from a variety of toppings, but the preferred way is to get your hot dog ”all the way.” That is: fully loaded with warm cream cheese, onions (grilled and crunchy fried), honey mayo, curry ketchup and a sprinkling of sriracha. Not big on spicy foods? Ask for it “all the way, no spice,” and they'll hold the heat.

It isn't so much a restaurant as a food cart, but don't let that scare you away. Yoyo's has almost a cult-like following, with people often coming from all over the city to grab one of Yoyo's signature hot dogs.

Tip: Lines to get the $5 dog are almost always down the block, so get there as close to opening as you can to avoid a long wait.

Features:

  • Open late
  • Kid-friendly
  • Pet-friendly
03 of 07

Happy Fatz

Like Good Dog, Happy Fatz specializes in high quality, gourmet hot dogs. All their hot dogz (they spell it with a "z" there) are made with quarter-pound “Hebrew National” Kosher Beef and come with a wide range of specialty toppings. You can choose from a list of unique concoctions – like "The Godfather," a panini-style hot dog with onion, roasted red pepper, provolone, pepperoni and olive tapenade – or mix and match the different breads, sauces and toppings to create your own. 

Tip: While Happy Fatz is known for their hot dogs, the desserts section of the menu is extensive. For a special treat, try one of their signature cheesecakes or delicious lattes. 

Features:

  • Kid-friendly
  • Outdoor seating
  • Pet-friendly patio

It is located at 3510 White Oak Drive, Houston, TX 77007.

04 of 07

Moon Tower Inn

For an interesting twist on a classic, try one of Moon Tower Inn's wild game hot dogs. In addition to wild boar or buffalo, you can get pheasant or rabbit, along with a collection of toppings like porter kraut, sambal mayo, and feta. 

Not sure what to order? Moon Tower Inn's bartenders and kitchen staff are great at suggesting combinations and — if you're interested — great brews to go with them. 

Tip: Moon Tower Inn is first and foremost a beer garden, so almost all of the seating is outside. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and come during off hours to grab one of the limited covered seats available. 

Features:

  • Open late
  • Outdoor seating

It is located at 3004 Canal Street, Houston, TX 77003.
 

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05 of 07

Koagie Hots

The only food truck on this list, Koagie Hots specializes in Korean-influenced hot dogs and hoagies. Try their spin on a Korn Dog – a beer-battered hot dog, deep-fried and topped with sweet chili sauce and spicy mayo – or their Koagie Dog, which includes in-house marinated Korean barbecue ribeye, spicy mayo, Asian slaw and a fried egg. Pair your hot dog with an order of their delicious Kimchi Fries to add a nice kick to your meal. 

Tip: "Tofu Dogs" are available for $1 more those who want a vegetarian option.

Features:

  • Kid-friendly

Hours and locations may vary. Check out their website to view their weekly schedule. 
 

06 of 07

Sammy's Wild Game Grill

Like Moon Tower Inn, Sammy's Wild Game Grill offers an assortment of – you guessed it – wild game hot dogs to choose from. The atmosphere, however, is vastly different. While Moon Tower Inn boasts a gritty/anti-establishment vibe, Sammy's Wild Game Grill is more family-friendly and places a huge emphasis on the health benefits of ​wild game over more traditional meats. Nutritional facts are available on the restaurant's website, and signs are posted by the counter to share interesting information about each type of meat. 

Choose from meats like venison, duck and lamb merguez, and top your dog off with a selection of standard toppings and signature sauces. Each hot dog comes on a soft pretzel bun made fresh daily. For something different, try the Python Chili Fries: crispy french fries, smothered with python snake chili, green onions, and cheddar jack cheese. 

Tip: In a hurry? Sammy's Wild Game Grill has a drive-thru option for patrons on the go. 

Features:

  • Kid-friendly
  • Private parking lot
  • Outdoor seating
  • Pet-friendly patio 

It is located at 3715 Washington Avenue, Suite A
Houston, TX 77007.

07 of 07

Costco

In a list full of local favorites, it's hard to believe a massive chain like Costco could compete. But their cheap hotdogs are legends in and of themselves. What Happy Fatz and Good Dog are to elaborate flavor combinations, Costco is to simplicity. For just $1.50, you can get a plain-yet-flavorful hotdog in a sweet, squishy bun with a drink to boot.

If you're a hot dog traditionalist looking for a simple-yet-tasty dog on a Saturday afternoon, you really can't go wrong with Costco's food court. 

Features:

  • Private parking lot
  • Kid-friendly

Locations are open in the Galleria area, Bunker Hill, Katy and the Woodlands, among others. Go to Costco's website to view the various Houston-area locations and hours.

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