London's best hot dogs
Forget leathery sausages on soggy buns - find the best hot dogs in town
The ‘cool’ dog, from a street food cart – and complete with cult following. Great bun-to-sausage ratio. Our squidgy bun was dwarfed by a whopping NY style sausage: a pork dog with a springy middle and delicately smokey casing.
- Outside 239 Old Street, EC1V 9EY
- Price band: 2/4
This ‘dive and dog bar’ – hot dogs, that is – is housed in a highly styled retro cool Kensington basement. The hostess table is a vintage pinball machine, the lighting is flatteringly set to drinking-den low, and the music is at ‘party loud’. Expect impeccable hot dogs in pillowy buns and all manner of other pimped dude-food.
- 20 Kensington Church Street, W8 4EP
Okay, not a ‘destination dog’, but still the best cinema sanger in town. Our finger bun had a non-speaking part: the star was the sausage. Dense yet bouncy, it was beautifully seasoned, with just the right level of spice kick.
- Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, E8 1HE
The top dog, without doubt. Deliciously juicy, our top-notch sausage was distinctly smokey and had a huge, ahem, girth. Served in a buttery brioche bun, the standard dog would provide satisfaction aplenty, but the chilli cheese upgrade (add £1.50) rocked our world.
- 157a Commercial Street, E1 6BJ
Herman ze German’s Villiers Street outlet has long been cherished by sausage fanciers and the late-night commuters of Charing Cross, but it’s no place to linger. This second branch in Soho is still a fast-food joint, but is a more inviting space, with more seating. Wherever you choose to eat, the sausages are sehr gut. Imported from the Schwarzwald (Black Forest), they use high-quality pork; have juicy, springy middles; and a proper ‘knack’ when you bite. What’s more, they’re served, traditional-style, in ‘proper bread’ – here using chewy baguettes. Our ‘ze Wilde Bock’ had a bouncy bockwurst (smoked pork sausage) layered with ‘curry’ sauce (spicy ketchup), squidgy fries and crisp onion shards: a sort of Teutonic chip-and-sausage butty.
- 19 Villiers St, WC2N 6NE
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