You can’t really go wrong with a large sausage served inside a chewy white bun. Especially not when they are topped with lashings of homemade condiments, sautéed onions, and indulgent extras such as pork belly or kimchi. Here is our edit of the best dogs in town.
The deserved winner of the hot dog edit are pop-up pros, Street Kitchen. The American Pitbull comes served in a sweet bun which has been stuffed full of smoked pork sausage, ketchup, dill pickled cucumber, crispy onions and mustard. But if you’re really hungry, and we mean famished, grab a Boston Hound which comes with extras such as pork belly, celeriac slaw and smoky mustard mayo, all topped off with a heavy-handed sprinkling of artery-clogging, salt doused pork crackling.
It’s all about choice at the Big Apple Hot Dogs’ cart on Old Street. Pick your dog – Big Frank is made from pork and is delicately seasoned with nutmeg and black pepper. Pick your toppings – the onions sautéed in butter, thyme and black pepper are a soft, caramelized mush. Slather and dollop as much of their homemade krauts, sauces and pickles on top, and you’re eating a dog far better than the street vendor hot dogs from the real Big Apple.
Sometimes there is no point straying too far from a classic, and that’s something we’ve learnt to do when it comes to hot dogs. The New Yorker is our dog of choice, the thick pork sausage is topped with deliciously bitter sauerkraut and crispy onions, whilst a generous squirt of strong mustard and ketchup completes it.