What is The Stand? The Stand Hot Dogs & Sausages is unique among Tyler TX restaurants in that it fuses all of the mouth-watering tastes of a big-city hot dog joint with culinary creativity, cleanliness, Southern hospitality, and the character of an historic east Texas facility.
As mentioned in Tyler Paper article, owner Stephan du Toit finally opened The Stand restaurant in Tyler TX in the summer of 2012 (July 16th, to be exact) after years of thinking about it during his time running the hot dog stand in front of Lowe’s Home Improvements in Tyler. Having an ridiculously stellar set of handyman skills, Stephan fully renovated the oldest building in Gresham, transforming it into the only dine-in hot dog stand among Tyler TX restaurants.
The result of Stephan’s work on the building is a classic, yet “homey” (not homey like “you’re my homey,” (though I suspect we could be homies) but homey like, “a feeling like being at home” ) feel that make for a relaxing, family-friendly restaurant.
“One of the Truly Great Tyler TX Restaurants.”
As for the dogs themselves, we don’t only think they’re the best among restaurants in Tyler, but they’re the best hot dogs we’ve ever eaten. Period. Of course, we’re unashamedly biased, but we’re encouraged that many of our customers agree, naming The Stand among the best Tyler TX restaurants. In fact, it was customers who called The Stand, “top-shelf among Tyler TX restaurants,” and, “one of the truly great Tyler TX restaurants.”
Beyond individual customers, we’ve also been encouraged to receive great publicity from local news stations, newspapers, magazines, and websites, including an IN Magazine article in which they featured what they called The Stand’s “gourmet hot dog” recipes. If that weren’t compliment enough, we were honored to be featured in the July 2013 edition of BScene Magazine, in which they wrote:
People have been coming in droves, and with good reason. The food is new, different and familiar all at once. Patrons can find something they will be comforted by, but have the chance to expand their food experience as far as they’d like to take it.
These guys know how to make Tyler TX restaurant owners blush. We’ve been blown away by the response of the Tyler community not only verbally, but also digitally. The Stand amassed more than a thousand Facebook “Likes” in its first year of business and continues to enjoy substantial social media and website traffic every day. We work hard to serve the highest quality products we can, so it is a blessing to be mentioned among the best restaurants in Tyler.
Options? Oh, Yeah. We Got Options.
The menu at The Stand includes the mouth-watering tastes of a big-city hot dog joint, which consists of top grade bratwursts, polish sausages, hot links, jalapeño and cheese sausages, andouille, spicy boudin, smoked black pepper, and, of course, classic hot dogs. Despite the plethora of restaurants in Tyler TX that serve cheeseburgers, our cheeseburger link has been called, “the best burger in town!”
In addition to the stellar array of sausages, The Stand has an equally stellar array of ways to dress it up, which together carve out for us a unique spot among Tyler TX restaurants. Every hot dog and sausage at The Stand can be served plain or with traditional toppings like grilled onions, kraut, cole slaw, relish, chili, cheese, regular mustard, and ketchup. If you’re feeling adventuresome, you can order any of our dogs “Chicago-style,” which comes with tomato wedges, a pickle spear, mustard, sweet relish, chopped onions, banana peppers, and celery salt. Not your style? Order a Frito Pie Dog or a dog topped with The Stand’s famous macaroni and cheese. Not a ketchup or classic mustard fan? Try our spicy mustard, jalapeño mustard, or even Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ sauce, which we always keep on hand. After all, it’s impossible to find BBQ sauce in Tyler TX restaurants that tops Stanley’s, and when it’s smothering a Stand hot link grilled to perfection… hmm.
Regarding our menu, the gist of our most common compliment is, “There just aren’t other restaurants in Tyler who match the quality of your hot dogs, your skillfulness in preparing them, or your creativity in dressing them up.” That’s our aim and that’s what we like to hear.
Mouth watering yet? We hope so. Check out our menu or just come on in. It’s a Tyler restaurant experience that you literally cannot get anywhere else.
Dine In Or Grab It To Go.
Not sure where The Stand is? No problem. Directions to the The Stand are available right here on our website. If you’re in a hurry, call in your order and we’ll have it ready when you get here. You can run inside or swing through the drive-thru to pick it up.
Otherwise, come in, get comfortable, and stay a while. Of course, if the weather is nice or if you’re just an outdoorsy person, we have a great little porch for your eating pleasure.
By the way, if you’re a sports fan and you’d like your team to be represented in The Stand, then bring a pennant or something to hang on the wall and we’ll see if we can find a place for it. This is a big step for a dedicated Cowboys fan, so take advantage while the offer stands.
We hope to see you soon!
The Big Dog: Bigger Than, Well… Big.
Tyler TX restaurants had for years been missing an outrageous food challenge. Not any more. The Stand serves a 28″ hot dog on an entire loaf of baguette bread smothered in cheese, chili, Fritos, kraut, relish, onions, pickles, tomatoes, mustard, and ketchup that weighs in at more than 5 lbs. Yes, that’s right. Roughly 88 ounces of hot dog. Together with a bag of Doritos, they set the table for what we call “The Big Dog Challenge,” which, so far as we can tell, is the single most punishing food challenge among restaurants in Tyler TX and even ranks among the most monumental food challenges in all of Texas. In fact, The Big Dog is more than 1 pound larger than the famous 72 oz. “Big Tex” steak at Big Texan Steakhouse in Amarillo.
That. is. craziness.
If you’re feeling like a beast, then we’d encourage you to watch our videos of The Big Dog Challenge. If you’re feeling like a beast after you watch the videos, give us a call and we’ll set it up for you.
Spreading the Culinary Love.
If you’re all ready a fan of The Stand and want to (1) help spread the culinary love to fellow supporters of high-quality, locally-owned Tyler TX restaurants or (2) receive the latest specials and such, then there are numerous ways to scratch those itches. To name just a few, you can “Like,” share, and review us on Facebook and Google+, follow and retweet us Twitter, and leave glowing reviews on Urbanspoon, Foursquare, and Yelp. Leave a great review on any of these social media outlets and you may find your name and review in the testimonials section right here on The Stand website, which means that you have practically “arrived” in terms of stardom among Tyler TX restaurants .
Ready to take your “fanhood” of The Stand to the next level? Then, perhaps the “walking billboard” option is for you. Simply buy one of our super-fly t-shirts and wear it with dignity, knowing that you are letting connoisseurs of Tyler TX restaurants know what’s up.
Again, welcome to The Stand Hot Dogs & Sausages, a locally-owned restaurant in Tyler TX and the only one serving up what we’ve been told are the best hot dogs on the planet. See you soon!