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Hot dogs in the muck: Mud delays filming of new food TV series at Moon Tower

Hot dogs in the muck: Mud delays filming of new food TV series at Moon Tower

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Wet customers migrated to the new back bar in hopes of $1 Bombshell Blondes. Photo by Steven Thomson
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America's Best Bites isn't the first to discover Moon Tower's delights. Photo by Steven Thomson
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Some took shelter under the canopy. Photo by Steven Thomson
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Torrential storms halted a Tuesday evening filming of hot dog haunt Moon Tower Inn for the new America's Best Bites series. A soaked mob of hipsters had arrived to the warehouse district dive with aims of celebrating the new back bar's $1 Bombshell Blondes, as well as the glory of being caught on camera — although whether that TV fame mongering was ironic remains to be seen.

For the past few days, the crew of America's Best Bites has been spotted at foodie hotspots around the Bayou City, including the Original Ninfa's on Navigation, Lankford Grocery, Jonathan's The Rub, Lafayette Cajun Seafood Restaurant and Hubcap Grill. "Those burgers were really good," Chicago-based Tribune executive producer Joshua Kaufman told CultureMap inside the Moon Tower gazebo.

As for the Moon Tower menu, the TV program will spotlight a mesquite smoked pork tenderloin sandwich with ghost pepper barbecue sauce, also known as the "secret sandwich." "That's what we're going to focus on, but we'll also try the hot dog. We're excited," Kaufman said.

A damper was put on that excitement due to the unexpected precipitation, but no need to wallow. Moon Tower updated its Facebook status around 8 p.m. on Tuesday night, "filming rain delay, beer special is still in full effect! Filming again on Thursday and lucky you the same beer specials! Come and take it! All ! all day!"

America's Best Bites is branding itself as a better and funnier take on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Kaufman told us that his crew will be doing the foodie circuit through the end of the week. America's Best Bites will begin airing locally on CW39 in late September.