Yesterday my friend Tracy and I headed out to an estate sale by Judy Robinson, one of our favorite sellers.  She tends to work with high-end estates, and everything is beautifully presented and carefully labeled, like this:

002 (5)After the sale, Tracy treated me to lunch from the Good Dog truck, which was over in the Museum District.

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It was hard to choose from all the tasty-sounding hot dogs on the menu:

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I finally decided on the Ol’ Zapata, which came with bacon, muenster cheese, caramelized onions, tomatoes, jalapeno relish, ketchup, and mayo, which I was told is their most popular hot dog.  Tracy went for a Good Dog with guacamole and caramelized onions.  And homemade potato chips, of course.

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It is easy to see why Good Dog was recently voted Houston’s Best Hot Dog.  The condiments are made from scratch, the buns come from artisan baker Slow Dough, and the hot dogs are a well-seasoned blend of 85% beef and 15% pork.  I could not have been happier sitting there in the shadow of the Menil on a sunny day enjoying my gourmet hot dog with my friend.  If you are looking for a brief respite, treat yourself to a Good Dog hot dog and find a sunny spot in which to enjoy it.

UPDATE:  In November 2013, Good Dog opened a brick and mortar restaurant at 903 Studewood.  Now I can enjoy their delicious dogs any time, without having to follow tweets to see where the truck is (which I didn’t do anyway).  My husband and I recently enjoyed lunch there.  We started with a basket of Slow Dough Bread Co.’s pretzel rolls.  Served warm and soft, with three different homemade mustard preparations, these are addictive:


We shared an Ol’ Zapata and a Chi-Town Dog, both of which were delicious:


The Chi-Town Dog


The Ol’ Zapata Dog

On a subsequent visit we also tried the Southern Comfort Dog:

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Sitting out on the sunny little patio on a spring-like January day, enjoying our hot dogs, it was hard to leave to return to our desks.  Can’t wait to go again and try some of the other Dogs!

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  1. Nancy, I am not a hot dog lover…..but… make it all sound so good, I may have to try it on my next trip to Houston………Hopefully, you would even join us….p.s. I AM a lover of estate sales.

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