Haute doggin’ it_ four places to get hot dogs with a twist

The restaurant echoes the vibe of old Texas biergartens, with a massive open-air courtyard featuring long communal tables for imbibing, eating and socializing. Johnsonville mild italian sausage recipe It completes the retro look with faux finishes that replicate a barn and stables.

Banger’s leans on its namesake for most of the food offerings and updates the humble link with thoughtful flavor profiles. Italian sausage rigatoni recipe There are more than 20 sausage varieties served at Banger’s, with more than a dozen served as dogs in buns.

Spaghetti with italian sausage recipe I’m not sure a place where beer gets so much attention (100-plus taps) needs this many varieties of sausage. Italian sausage spices recipe Tightening the food menu might lead to better execution.

Drunk chicken ($8): All of the dogs we ordered but one came on a sweet, puffy, kolache-style bun that was too big for the sausage, throwing the bread-to-meat ratio out of whack. Italian sausage soup recipes olive garden And an overload of aioli added to the frustration, marring an otherwise satisfying beer-soaked chicken sausage piqued with peppers and cooled with cilantro.

South Texas antelope and venison merguez ($9): A sturdy pumpernickel bun matched nicely with aromatic cloves and cinnamon in a plump, gamey sausage drizzled in curry ketchup that was more sweet than spice.

Spicy Italian ($8): Like several of the half-dozen we tried, the Italian didn’t arrive hot enough and the casing didn’t snap so much as tore away. Mild italian sausage recipe The vegetal zip of red peppers, aromatic fennel in the sausage and sweetness of caramelized onions were all drowned in piquant whole grain mustard.

*Veggie BLT ($8): Who would have imagined that the best sausage at this restaurant would be a vegetarian link? Sun-dried tomatoes gave sweet, rounded flavor to this crispy link topped with the crunch and earth of fried shiitake mushroom “bacon” and dressed with fire-engine-red tomato and bright greens fit for a garden salad.

This East Sixth Street restaurant that opened in January 2012 has a (literal) built-in advantage when it comes to dogs. Italian sausage stew recipe The bakery connected to the restaurant produces glossy and salty pretzel buns that you can pair with any sausage for an extra buck.

*Cajun Chicken ($8): Paprika and red bell peppers put a piquant buzz in this fat, juicy sausage. Italian sausage seasoning blend recipe The tang of housemade chow chow relish is tempered by a smooth salve of cream cheese, a smart condiment choice on this dog that keeps things simple.

Garlic sausage: This one was advertised with a smoked bourbon jam. Ground pork italian sausage recipe That got my attention. Italian sausage potato soup recipe So did the fact that it arrived without said accouterment. Italian pork sausage pasta recipe That left a beef link zig-zagged with spicy mustard. Italian sausage and pasta recipe It also meant more room for the beef to express itself. Homemade spicy italian sausage recipe The flavor was that familiar funk of a dry-aged steak with a slight garlic buzz. Hot italian sausage pasta recipe I assume that was the intention? But as my buddy said, “I don’t mind the taste of feet, but there better be a foot involved.”

*Vegetarian ($8): It had the texture of a shriveled Slim Jim, but I still liked the veggie-burger flavor of this thin link — all beets, lentils and enough seeds to start a hippie cafe — buried beneath a tangle of slippery peppers.

I’m sure some people wondered how a sit-down restaurant specializing in hot dogs would work when this large restaurant opened in the former Starlite space in 2009. Ground turkey italian sausage recipe Quite well, as it turns out.

Frank pulls off being a bar and a restaurant at the same time, not just a bar that also serves food. Italian beef sausage recipe The Frank team develops the recipes for these sausages that are made by Hudson Meat Market in South Austin. Hot italian turkey sausage recipes They come served on a toasty split-top bun designed by Frank and baked by Slow Dough Bread Co. Italian sausage and potato recipe in Houston. Italian sausage pasta recipes for dinner Tawny and rounded at the crust, the buns are like toasty slices of white bread folded in half, and they deliver a great bread-to-meat ratio.

Creole Gator ($5.25): Swampy. Italian pasta sausage recipe A little too swampy. Italian sausage soup recipe This smoked alligator dog topped with Tony Cachere-seasoned popcorn crawfish and slaw and slathered with Creole remoulade is a transportive airboat ride through southern Louisiana.

*Notorious P.I.G. Italian sausage and peppers pasta recipe ($9.50): Some of the food at Frank squarely lands in the category of “stoner food.” Exhibit A: A creamy swirl of firm mac and cheese and sweet barbecue sauce on this robust piggy mash-up of smoked pork and bacon.

*The Straya ($13): Lean and gamey smoked kangaroo meat gets a tart, tannic kick from blueberry-habanero-espresso barbecue sauce in a bun that balances creamy and crunchy with honey cream cheese and crushed Zapp’s Voodoo chips humming with Creole spices. Recipe for italian sausage and pasta One of the two best dogs I ate during my recent research. Italian sausage and kale soup recipe What’s with the name? Imagine the phonetic spelling of the way Aussies pronounce their homeland.

This is a food “trailer”-to-restaurant success story I can get behind. Spaghetti recipe with italian sausage Mission Dogs actually started as food cart about three years ago, sobering up the wobbly masses with bacon-wrapped hot dogs. Homemade italian sausage recipes from italy They opened this restaurant in January in a small, oddly constructed space in East Austin that has been home to several failed food ventures. Mild italian sausage slow cooker recipes Let’s hope this one lasts — and that they consider buns with a bit more heft to match the mess of these dogs.

*Dogijuku ($5.75): A bacon-wrapped dog that piles on the flavors of a sushi roll. Pasta italian sausage recipe Sounds ridiculous. Italian sausage pasta recipe jamie oliver Tastes delicious. Recipe italian sausage pasta Nori for salt, teriyaki glaze for sweetness, wasabi mayonnaise for smooth heat, pickled ginger and cucumber slaw for refreshing crunch … there’s a lot going on here. Italian sausage pasta bake recipe And it all works. Homemade italian chicken sausage recipe One of two best dogs I ate during my recent research.

*Vietdog ($5.75): Take the crunch and fresh flavors of the Vietnamese banh mi (here a cucumber, carrot, jalapeno and cilantro slaw) and drape it with the pungent punch of garlic chili sauce and Thai-inspired Sriracha mayo and you get this dog that sings with a harmony of Southeast Asian flavors.