I eat a lot of protein, but one type that hasn’t made a regular appearance in my rotation is bison. I’m thinking that will change now that I’ve enjoyed a meal at Bison Jack’s, which opened earlier this month in Greenway Station.
According to the USDA, bison has less fat (2.42 g) and fewer calories (143) and about the same protein (28.4 g) per 3.5-oz serving compared to select beef (8.09, 201, 29.89), pork (9.66, 212, 29.27) and even chicken (7.41, 190, 28.93).
That info is comforting since the toppings on each bison dog most likely negates the health benefits. For example, I had the Sonoran ($7.95), which is a bison dog topped heartily with ketchup, cotija cheese, cheddar, green chili and green goddess (a salad dressing). The easy conclusion: delicious but messy (e.g. don’t eat this on a date). In fact, you couldn’t even tell the hot dog wasn’t real.
I also wolfed down the Italian Stallion ($7.95), which is an Italian sausage on an Asiago cheese bun topped with pepperoncini, onion, roasted peppers, marinara and Parmesan. Another supremely messy yet tasty concoction. I accompanied both dogs with a side of sweet potato tots ($2.95).
Outside the nine specialty dogs, you also can build your own. Other menu items include a 1/3 Pounder ($6.95)–which I liked–as well as more sides and a couple of breakfast items.
Bison Jack’s is open for lunch every day and breakfast and Mon-Sat. Catering also is available.