Iconic New York hot dog chain Nathan's Famous will open its first Houston location before the end of the year. The restaurant, which is known for hosting an annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, will bring authentic New York hot dogs to the Memorial City Mall food court.
Founded in 1916, Nathan's hot dogs have spread around the world and become a staple image of New York in TV and movies.
According to Chronicle columnist and fast food expert Ken Hoffman, "You want an authentic New York hot dog? This is the real deal . . . and don't tell me about packaged Nathan's hot dogs in your supermarket. They're not the same."
For those who don't appreciate the glorious art that is putting meat in tube form, Nathan's menu offers a full line of burgers, chicken and Philly cheesesteaks. This location will also include the company's Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips. In addition to fried fish, that restaurant also serves fried shrimp and clams.
Nathan's arrives in Houston at a time when the burger-obsessed city has developed a new regard for hot dogs. Food truck Good Dog Houston will be opening its own brick and mortar space in the next couple months.