I‘m almost embarrassed to admit that one of my guilty pleasure foods is hot dogs. Like, good-all-beef-full-fat-flavorful hot dogs. After having a terrible coney dog at Sonic a few weeks ago, I’ve been trying to find a good hot dog place in Jacksonville. (Blame it on the pregnancy cravings!) And then Jacksonville Restaurant Reviews came to the rescue with a Dawg on Adventure Dinner at Texas Hot Dogs.
Texas Hot Dogs offers 24 different hot dog variations representing different states as well as wings, pulled pork sandwiches, burgers, chili mac, and more. Kendal, who runs Texas Hot Dogs, is part of the family who owns Willard’s BBQ with multiple locations throughout Jacksonville. Needless to say, Kendal knows his way around a smoker. Chef Dan, who is a classically trained chef with a background in restaurants like Spliff’s Gastropub, came in to help Kendal perfect his recipes. And they’re making a great team.
First things first. Texas Hot Dogs is one of the few places in Jacksonville that has Cheerwine on tap. Never heard of Cheerwine? You’re probably not from the South and you’re missing out.
The Hot (Diggity) Texas Hot Dogs
Our first course was the namesake Texas Dog – a 1/4 lb hot dog split and grilled on a steamed bun with chili, mustard, and onions. And we started the night off with bang because this dog was legit!
Next up is the Florida dog with chili and coleslaw. The coleslaw was a good compliment to the chili. Slightly sweet, crunchy, and light on the mayo.
The final hot dog was the Jersey dog with mustard, hand-cut fries, grilled onions and peppers, and marinara sauce. This dog was just okay. The marinara was overpowered by the mustard and the fries were unnecessary. I could have gone for another Texas Dog.
Our next course was a flight of wings and barbecue sauce. Out of the three selections – mustard, sweet, and spicy – the spicy was my favorite. The wings were big and crispy, a good compliment to the sauces.
BBQ Fresh Off The Smoker
Course five brought us tender smoked pulled pork was served a top a piece of garlic Texas toast and drizzled with sweet barbecue sauce. Finger licking good!
Savory Side Dishes
The final course was a bowl of creamy smoked Gouda and Sharp Cheddar Mac n’ Cheese topped with smokey chili and shredded Cheddar. I really need to learn to pace myself better at events like these because I was so full I didn’t get to completely enjoy this dish. But next time, hold the chili and just give me a bowl of that mac!
Some other hot dog options on the menu that are worth mentioning are the Georgia (pimento cheese and coleslaw), Boston (baked beans with bacon), and Arizona (bacon, tomato, onion, cheese, jalapenos, and salsa).
Pass the Rolaids and roll me out of here! We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner, all six courses. I don’t even want to think about the calories but I’m looking forward to my next trip to Texas Hot Dogs.