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In the list released on Monday, This Dog and Papa Jerus ranked No. 27 and No. 84, respectively, for the best food joints in Texas, based on ratings from the popular review site.
To be considered among the top 100 restaurants on Yelp, restaurants must have a five-star rating and their menu items must be priced at $30 or less per person. Yelp locates businesses in the Restaurant & Food category, then ranks those locations using a number of factors, including overall volume and ratings for reviews between January 1, 2017 and January 31, 2022.
This is My Dog, located at 22635 Morton Ranch Road, that specializes in hot dogs, complete with all sides and toppings. It began in 2013 as the fulfillment of a dream of entrepreneurs, Ryan and Kevin Mukular, to bring a gourmet twist to a classic and beloved food concept: the sausage cart.
Yelp List stated: “This my dog has become one of Katie’s go-to places to eat, thanks to family recipes from husband-and-wife team Kevin and Ryan McCullar—and Ryan’s culinary training.” “The prepared beef sausages are top notch, as are the vegetarian dogs and Sunday soul food menu. Yelpers also appreciate customer service—Mucculars aims to make everyone feel welcome.”
Yelp recommends roasting beef with cheese, onions, and barbecue sauce. The bread-free keto dish is also popular, combining sausage, beef, shredded cheese, tomatoes, onions, and a signature Cajun salad topped with barbecue sauce.
Ryan said she was shocked by the rating. “This is kind of amazing. Texas is huge, and to have our little Katy spot in the Top 100 is just phenomenal to me.”
On the other hand, Papa Gyros serves up some epic Greek-American food. It is located at 21910 Franz Street.
“Chef Christos Patsios’ menu sounds like a love letter to Greek food – gyros, spanakopita, souvlaki and dolmade, to name a few, are signature dishes,” Yelp’s Menu said.
Batesios attributed the restaurant’s success to its focus on customer service. “Our clients are like family to us. We get to know their names and get to know them. Katy is a big city, but it has a small town feel.”
He said the Batesios family is Greek, and they have been in the restaurant business since the 1960s. His family owns diners in the northern states, and Papa Gyros serves popular dishes from that region as well.
And according to the Yelp listing, “His pay also pays tribute to his father, who ran his family’s Greek-Italian restaurants in Detroit.” “Not surprisingly, Pappa Gyros’ massive menu and burger include the tastes of Batesios’ hometown, with dishes like Motor City Chili Cheeseburger, as well as the New York Chop Cheese Sandwich.”
“Papa Gyros has a kind of a la carte menu,” Batesios agreed. “We have Coney Island hot dogs, and sandwiches from Chicago, like Italian beef. We’re known as a Greek shop, so you can get gyros, salads, and traditional Greek food, too.”
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