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London's best hot dogs

Forget leathery sausages on soggy buns – find the best hot dogs in town

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By Time Out London Food & Drink |

For Londoners of a certain age, hot dogs were dream food, greedily glimpsed only on American telly. Now it seems everywhere you look someone‘s slapping a length of meat into an elongated bun. From fast food chains, to street food stalls to US diners – there are dogs of true majesty to be found in London. We've rounded up the leaders of the pack.                               

The best hot dogs in London

Big Apple Hot Dogs

This is the ‘cool’ dog, from a street food cart – complete with cult following. Great bun-to-sausage ratio. The squidgy bun is dwarfed by a whopping NY style sausage: a pork dog with a springy middle and delicately smokey casing. You can currently find Big Apple’s best bits being served out of Cole & Son’s Deli on Caledonian Road.

Restaurants, American

Dirty Bones

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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.

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Restaurants, Global

Hackney Picturehouse Bar & Kitchen

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Okay, not a ‘destination dog’, but still the best cinema sanger in town. The finger bun has a non-speaking part: the star is the sausage. Dense yet bouncy, it’s beautifully seasoned, with just the right level of spice kick. Served with sauerkraut and sweet mustard.

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Restaurants, German

Herman ze German

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The second Herman branch in Soho is more of a fast-food joint than the Villiers Street original, but it’s a more inviting space, with extra seating. Wherever you choose to eat them, though, the sausages are sehr gut. Imported from the Schwarzwald (Black Forest), they use high-quality pork, have juicy, springy middles, and a proper smack when you bite. What’s more, they’re served, traditional-style, in ‘proper bread’ – here using chewy baguettes.

Restaurants, Burgers

Shake Shack Cambridge Circus

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Globe-trotting burger behemoth Shake Shack is best known for its excellent patties – but did you know they do a fine selection of franks as well? And that it actually began as a lowly hot dog kiosk? Now you do. The compact selection includes the salad-laden, celery-salted Shack-Cago Dog – plus a chicken variation – but we’d plump for the plain old Hot Dog, lubed up with house cheese sauce. Woof.                                

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