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1. Good Dog Houston903 Studewood St, Houston
2. The Hay Merchant / Underbelly1100 Westheimer Rd, Houston
3. Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette1050 Studewood St, Houston
4. Nobi Public House241 E NASA Pkwy, Houston
5. Happy Fatz3510 White Oak Dr, Houston
6. JerryBuilt Homegrown Burgers3501 W. Holcombe Blvd, Houston
7. Moon Tower Inn3004 Canal St, Houston
8. Sammy's Wild Game Grill3715 Washington Ave, Houston
This food truck turned storefront knows hot dogs, serving them up with traditionally favored condiments as well as some surprises. The must try is the Picnic Dog topped with beef chili, spicy chorizo, and potato salad.
A joint venture, The Hay Merchant and Underbelly operate separately but are attached via a butchering room that’s fit to hold a whole hog, a cow, and other large, meat-bearing animals. Hay Merchant, a craft beer bar, boasts 75 draft beers that range in style from cask-conditioned American porters to sour and funky wild ales. Underbelly, the more upscale of the two, is a restaurant and wine bar serving up juicy burgers and meats, like roasted pig’s head and smoked brisket. No matter how adventurous your palate, consider pairing your dish with one of the aged barleywines on tap.
The bright blue of the cursive neon is enough of a beacon, but the '50s-diner-meets-five-star-hotel interior and fish-centric menu call to the Greater Heights like a seafood siren. Serving up fish every which way, Liberty offers big platters of East Coast oysters, pan-seared fresh fish on their own or on a po boy, and a whole slew of sides like creamy mashed potato and garlic-y sauteed spinach.
Located in a strip mall in Clear Lake, Nobi Public House is an unassuming craft beer hall serving Vietnamese-inspired pub fare. The draft selection -- nitro tap system and cask engine in place -- boasts nearly 50 beers, and they’re served in pints, snifters, or tulips for the proper drinking experience. The list of bottles on offer hits nearly 150, and there’s a growler fill station to take your favorite brew on the road. Enjoy beers with Vietnamese dishes like char siu pork nachos, the Nobi Dog -- a beef dog topped with grilled pork, pickled carrots and daikon, onions, and house Sriracha mayo -- or butter garlic wings. And for dessert, the Bittersweet Sundae topped with two ounces of draft beer.
Happy Fatz serves up specialty dogs and dessert. The must try is the Slum Dog Millionaire which is topped with slaw and bacon. It all sits inside a grilled artisan bun. Yum.
This sleek, industrial-style spot serves up burgers and dogs that are Texas-sized and made with all-natural, humanely raised beef. A must-try is the build-your-own-dog, which adventurous eaters can top with add-ons like chili, fried egg, and jalapeño cream cheese. Or, go with the house cheeseburger, grilled over an open flame and topped with American cheese, griddled onions, and Ernie’s sauce (mayo, ketchup, and relish). Another fresh pick? The bacon avocado burger. No matter what, pair your choice with a thick, hand-spun milkshake.
Awesome events like horror movie nights and growler giveaways, tons of craft brews from their wall of taps, and exotic hot dogs like a wild game sausage make Moon Tower Inn a unique and enjoyable hangout. Oh, and they have a backyard, too.