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For $10.99, this dog is not a cheap date, but it's definitely worth every cent.

She starts by stuffing the Texas T Kobe Beef dog with crumbled Frenchy's chorizo and shredded Veldhuizen Redneck Cheddar cheese, giving the beef a smoky, spicy and creamy filling that perfectly complements the juicy, tender dog. And if that's not enough meat, Pope also wraps the entire dog with Nueske's applewood-smoked bacon. While this may seem overindulgent, it's not; the sweetness from the bacon balances with the greasy chorizo, reminding you why everyone is trying to wrap everything in bacon.

The inside of the Slow Dough pretzel bun is then coated with a sweet and savory date-tomato jam and chermoula, a sauce used widely in Algerian, Moroccan and Tunisian cooking. One bite of this dog is truly an incredible flavor combination — sweet, salty, spicy, smoky and savory.

Note: Your burger will not look like this after being wrapped up for 15 minutes for your drive home.
Courtesy of Bernie's Burger Bus
Note: Your burger will not look like this after being wrapped up for 15 minutes for your drive home.
Best chain burger in Houston, mark our words.
Courtesy of Del Frisco's
Best chain burger in Houston, mark our words.

Props to the chef for taking two of the biggest (and most overdone) food trends — wrapping food in bacon and replacing regular buns with pretzel buns — and turning them into something magnificent.

Whether you enjoy a lot of meat, a lot of sauce or a sweet-savory combo for your dogs, the "Date with a Dog" is just what you need. It's got it all.

Pope's creation is available until the end of October; then it's chef Hugo Ortega's turn.

James Coney Island will donate $1,000 to the Recipe for Success Foundation, Pope's charity of choice.

Seasons Eating

Five Houston Desserts We're Falling for
Cold front or no cold front, you'll want to order these Fall desserts.

Brooke Viggiano

The recent cold front is making it feel as if fall has officially hit our glorious city. Whether it stays or not is yet to be determined, but we're gonna eat like the air is crisp anyway. And what better place to start than with the sweet stuff?

Here are Five Seasonal Desserts We're Totally Fallin' For:

5. Provisions' Carrot Cake Donut

We didn't think moist spiced carrot cake with a tangy cream-cheese frosting could get better. Then Provisions came along with this doughnut. The delicate hunk of fried dough looks unassuming at first, but crack it open and you'll see a thick, smooth carrot- and cinnamon-laced custard oozing out. It's served alongside caramelized cream-cheese frosting and brown-sugar crumbles, and the result is carrot cake on crack. And delicious.

4. Ooh La La Bakery's Salted Caramel Apple Cupcake

We can't get enough of Ooh La La's cupcakes, especially the ones that make us feel like we're fresh off the apple farm. This spiced apple cupcake is light, moist and smothered with a sweet caramel buttercream. And the sprinkling of sea salt on top only further accents the cake's bold ­autumn flavors.

3. House of Pies' Sweet Potato Pie

Made with moist, fleshy Louisiana yams, this bright-orange, nutmeg-spiked pie is fall on a plate. The best part is you can grab a slice of the slightly chunky pie morning, noon or night.

2. Petite Sweets' Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

If you've never had a whoopie pie, you're missing out. And if you've never had a pumpkin whoopie pie, even more so. A kind of cookie, cake and pie hybrid, these New England cookie sandwiches get a fall twist with fluffy, pumpkin-accented cake, sweet cream-cheese frosting, and black and orange sprinkles.

1. Triniti's Pumpkin Mocha

Triniti has some of the best fine-dining desserts around, so it's no surprise that their pumpkin-spiced cake, accented with dollops of fresh whipped cream; dots of caramel; sweet, juicy figs; and a creamy, chocolate-mocha gelato, takes the, well, the cake.

Restaurant News

Openings and Closings
Food truck parks head outside the Loop, the reason behind Hungry's Expansion & more.

Molly Dunn

Since there aren't that many closings in comparison to most other weeks, let's get the sad news over with first.

Yummy Yummy for My Tummy opened at the beginning of June but has decided to close its doors. In an announcement on Facebook on ­October 9, the Latin American restaurant off Barker Cypress informed followers that the business is now closed but that the owner has plans to reopen; no date has been announced. They are still taking orders for pastries and cakes, though; simply send them a Facebook message for further information.

B4-U-Eat also reports that Lucky Village on Dairy Ashford closed. This is the second Lucky Village to close; their only Chinese buffet still open is at 10755 Westheimer.

It appears that the Swirll Frozen Yogurt location in the River Oaks Shopping Center on West Gray has been taken over by another frozen-yogurt franchise, Menchie's. The new sign is up on the storefront, but according to the Menchie's Web site, the location hasn't opened its doors yet.

Now on to the openings for the week:

Maggie Rita's has officially opened inside the tunnel at 1001 Fannin. B4-U-Eat says this location, and the one at 600 Travis, are both owned by Tony Shanar, who has the rights to open five more Maggie Rita's restaurants in Houston.

Hungry's Bistro in Rice Village released a post on Facebook detailing its expansion project. Anyone who has driven by the restaurant on Rice Boulevard has probably seen the construction of a second Hungry's next door; this new, 9,000-square-foot building will be the same restaurant but with an upstairs second bar, just like the NextDoor Bar & Lounge inside the Hungry's on Memorial.

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great hamburger and taste great and it big and juicy real ground chuck. If need a great burger go to Austin, texas on 6th st. the place is jacklope.


It broke my heart when I got back to Texas after being overseas for two years and discovering Johnny Rockets in The Woodlands had closed.  Small chain, but great burgers.