Julie Soefer/Thrillist
Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar
James Coney Island
Nobi Public House
Happy Fatz
Moon Towen-Inn Houston
Koagie Hots
Sammy's Wild Game Grill
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1. Good Dog Houston 903 Studewood St, Houston, TX 77008

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.

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2. The Hay Merchant / Underbelly 1100 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

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.

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3. Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette 1050 Studewood St, Houston, TX 77008

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.

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4. Nobi Public House 241 E NASA Pkwy, Houston, TX 77598

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.

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5. Happy Fatz 3510 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007

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.

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6. JerryBuilt Homegrown Burgers 3501 W. Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77025

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.

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7. Moon Tower Inn 3004 Canal St, Houston, TX 77003

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.

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8. Sammy's Wild Game Grill 3715 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

This Washington wild game spot has a variety of interesting hot dog options, plus kangaroo & buffalo burgers, and python chili cheese fries.