Endless Road Trip Iceland: The Best Hot Dogs in the World?
When you think of Icelandic food, you probably think of fresh seafood and exotic delicacies. What you might not think about is hot dogs, but you’d be making a grave mistake. In fact, cheap hot dogs are so beloved over there that they’re often called the Icelandic National Food. I recently returned from a trip to this magical country, and while I ate tons of exciting meals (don’t worry, those will be recapped later on), one of my most memorable culinary encounters was a 2:00am street hot dog. I mean, I love unique hot dog experiences, so how I could I resist seeing what all the fuss was about?
After a night of drinking in downtown Reykjavik we ventured out into the night to find Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur, Reykjavik’s most popular hot dog stand. It’s extremely well-known in these parts, named the best hot dog in Europe by the Guardian and a favorite of visiting celebs—most famously, Bill Clinton is a fan.
Here’s how dogs are done in Iceland: for maximum deliciousness you need “ein með öllu” (one with everything): crispy fried onions and raw onions on the bottom of the bun, topped with a lamb hot dog, then topped with three sauces: ketchup, mustard, and remoulade. I’ve read rumors that BBP boils their dogs in beer, which helps to give them their distinctively rich taste. It may not be much to look at, but this was one of the best hot dogs I’ve ever had, and the perfect late night pick-me-up snack. Plus, unlike almost any other dining experience in Iceland, it didn’t break the bank, costing the equivalent of $3.
It just goes to show, even in a country full of bizarre and exciting foods, sometimes a cheap standby is worth seeking out. Find Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur after a night of debauchery in Reykjavik and you, too, will understand the buzz.
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