When it comes to new restaurants, this year has been slow in Montrose, but the situation has been improving thanks to recent arrivals including Denver-based brunch concept Snooze: An AM Eatery, Moon Tower Inn owner Brandon Young's bar and pizza joint Love Buzz, and the porn shop turned barbecue spot The Pit Room. Still, the one restaurant neighborhood residents might be most excited about is an import from The Heights.
After nine months of planning and construction, Good Dog Houston has opened its Montrose location. The former home of Bocados and the short-lived brunch restaurant Brick & Spoon has been given a through transformation that makes it look like Good Dog's original location: a white exterior with light blue trim, simple wooden tables, and mustard yellow bar stools for the bar.
With approximately 1,000 square feet of additional space inside, a large patio that overlooks West Alabama, and a spacious backyard, the Montose location offers more space than the Heights original. Co-owners Amalia Pferd and Daniel Caballero tell CultureMap that they plan to use the backyard as a place to watch Texans games and screen the occasional movie.
Thankfully, the restaurant's menu is as familiar as its look: 14 signature hot dogs (plus a build-your-own option), soups, sides, and non-hot dog entrees like the tempura-battered Gulf fish and chips and a chicken parmesan sandwich. Twenty taps of Texas craft beer blend familiar favorites like Lone Pint's Yellow Rose with new arrivals from breweries like Eureka Heights and Austin-area favorites including 512 and Real Ale.
Following the formula that's worked in The Heights puts the Montrose location on a good footing. Expect area residents to fill that patio as soon as the weather cools off (or the Texans start winning).
Good Dog Houston is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 am until 11 pm.