Do you like hot dogs? I sure as hell do... and finding good ones in London or in fact anywhere in the UK is truly a very hard job. As you may know, I have recently been exploring the street food stands of London trying to seperate the wheat from the chaff and wrapping my lips around this bad-boy-of-a-hot-dog was nothing short of a pure, unadulterated pleasure.
Owner of Big Apple Hot Dogs is the colourful Abiye, who on this occasion was joined by his teenage son Isaac on a gorgeous sunny day, serving up hot dogs from their little corner just a stones throw away from Old Street tube station. There is a lovely table just adjacent to the hot dog stand where you can sit and if you're lucky, as we were, you are bathed in sunshine whilst sipping a cold drink as you contemplate what to order.
Waiting for my chosen hot dog, 'The Big Dog' - a double smoked pork hot dog seasoned with marjoram, garlic and black pepper, felt like the longest wait of my life. I was absolutely dying to get my chops around one of those bad boys and the wait was killing me. Finally I am presented with an absolutely enormous hot dog and the first bite delivers the crucial 'sausage snap' that any self respecting hot dog should have, followed by a mouthful of meaty, juicy sausage, bathed in your chosen sauce (which in my case HAS to be mustard and ketchup and loads fof it). For £3.50, there aren't many better meals to be had in the City, let alone the country.
I have waited in line for over an hour to eat hot dogs at the world famous 'Pinks' in Los Angeles as well as explored the hot dog scene in New York at places such as Gray's Papaya, Shake Shack and Crip's Dogs and to be perfectly honest, they've got nothing on Abiye's Big Apple Hot Dogs. My one wish would be that the Chilli Cheese Dog would become more popular over here, as it is my favourite and nobody seems to be doing it. Having said that, Big Apple Hot Dogs are more than enough to satisfy my inner greedy girl and I cannot wait to go back for some mo', fo' sho'!
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Big Apple Hot Dogs
239 Old Street
Tel: 07989 387 441