What is The Stand? The Stand Hot Dogs & Sausages is unique among restaurants in Tyler TX. 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.
The Stand restaurant in Tyler TX opened in the summer of 2012 (July 16th, to be exact). Stephan DuToit started The Stand after years of thinking about it during his time running the hot dog stand in front of Lowe’s Home Improvements in Tyler. As a handyman by trade, Stephan renovated one of the oldest buildings in Gresham, transforming it into the only dine-in hot dog stand among restaurants in Tyler TX.
In December 2014, after spending 20+ years in the the corporate world, long time Tylerite and customer, Jamie McDaniel purchased The Stand. On the surface, Jamie’s background in the medical industry as a salesman, manager, trainer, and director of sales, doesn’t match the restaurant business. But being a foodie at heart, spending weekends at events such as the Texas Foodways Summer BBQ Camp, developing a taste for regional foods after years of extensive travel, and cooking and catering pro bono events for many years, it all comes full circle. After purchasing The Stand, Jamie added outdoor patio seating and expanded the hours from specifically a lunch hot-spot, to also include dinner hours. Next, he added to the menu with items such as pulled pork, bacon mac & cheese, and Kobe beef hot dogs. He then took his love of breakfast tacos from his time in San Antonio and added breakfast hours and an extensive breakfast taco menu that includes homemade chorizo and salsas. The Stand has always been known as a “homey” (not homey like “you’re my homey,” (though we could be homies) but homey like, “a feeling like being at home” ;)) relaxing, family-friendly restaurant. Not only is it “homey” and a local favorite where friends and strangers alike often squeeze into the same picnic table to enjoy a meal, but is destination restaurant for those traveling East Texas.
The Best Hot Dog? It’s Been Said Before…
As for the dogs themselves, we don’t only think they’re the best among restaurants in Tyler TX, 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 restaurants in Tyler TX and the best hot dogs in Texas. In fact, it was customers who called The Stand a, “top-shelf restaurant in Tyler TX,” and, “a truly great restaurant in Tyler TX.”
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.”
The Stand is also an “As seen on TV” restaurant. Not only for their food, but as a “Blue Ribbon Award Winner” with KLTV for restaurant cleanliness.
The Stand was chosen in December 2015 by Great American Publishers to be one of 150 restaurants in the Great State of Texas to be published in a book titled, “Backroads Texas Restaurants and Recipes”. Look for it on your bookstore shelves in Mid-February 2016 or pick up your copy at The Stand. These guys really know how to make a restaurant owner blush. :) We’ve been blown away by the response of the Tyler community not only verbally, but also digitally. The Stand has amassed more than three thousand Facebook “Likes” 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 labeled a great restaurant in Tyler TX. Check our menu and then come put us to the test. We’re confident that your first trip will make you a Fan of The Stand.
A Restaurant in Tyler TX with a Colossal Food Challenge
For years, there was to our knowledge no restaurant in Tyler TX that hosted a truly colossal food challenge. Well, those days are over. 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 available at any restaurant 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. We only offer this challenge certain times of the year and plan to have another challenge in Spring 2016.
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.