Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Review: Good Dog Hot Dogs

Food Trucks are all the rage these days.  Cooking Channel has shown food truck races and battles.  Dragon's Den has featured food trucks looking for Venture Capital money.  And Houston, with all of its freeways, highways and byways is no stranger to the Food Truck either.  I follow a number of local food trucks, but due to much of their operations being in the Inner Loop area of Houston, I don't get much opportunity to try them.  However, since this week is Spring Break for my main job, I promised myself I would get out to at least one, and the first one I got to was Good Dog Hot Dogs.  Good Dog has had A LOT of positive feedback from various Twitter foodies and in the Houston Press, as well as 29-95.  Since a couple of other food trucks I have been wanting to try were not out today, I drove on out to the Houston MFAH to see what they were all about.

Apparently this Spring Break week the Houston MFAH has had a different food truck in the parking lot across the street on Bissonnet St.  This made for a lousy parking situation.  I got a little creative and was able to finally get over and order my lunch.  I chose a Good Dog with 3 different toppings and a specialty dog called the Ol' Zapata (old shoe).  So without further ado here are your hot dog blue prints:

Good Dog:
85% Beef/15% Pork Handmade Hot Dog
Roasted Garlic Aioli 
Short Bus Mustard 
Jalapeño Relish
On a Locally Sourced SlowDough Bun

Ol' Zapata:
85% Beef/15% Pork Handmade Hot Dog
bacon. muenster cheese 
caramelized onions, tomatoes
jalapeño relish, ketchup
On a Locally Sourced SlowDough Bun

Menu Board at Good Dog Hot Dog Truck
First of all the hot dog  meat had a nice sweet, peppery and savoury flavour.  The toppings were fresh as far as the veggies on the Ol' Zapata.  The jalelpeño relish is sweet and hot.  The Roasted Garlic Aioli gave me garlic breath for 2 hours afterwards.  All the other sauces were full of flavour and melded together quite well.  And the SlowDough Bun was like a toasted Hawaiian bread.  It was crunchy outside, sweet, soft and savoury inside, and held the generous toppings mostly well.  I had to eat these dogs in my car, but I have no complaints whatsoever.

Since Good Dog Hotdogs is a food truck, I will not be rating ambiance.

The Foodie Professor's Report Card
Good Dog Hotdog Truck

Good Dog with self=selected toppings: A
Ol' Zapata:  A

     Friendliness: A
     Speed:  A
Cleanliness:  A (took a good look through the windows--this is a clean food truck!)

Overall Grade: A

Good Dog Hotdogs has various locations they park at and it changes each week.  Be sure to check their website for updated locations.

And remember:
Eat Happy!!!
Zao an, Y'all!!!

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