Monday, October 08, 2018

Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur - Reykjavik, Iceland

This is the hot dog from Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur. It is arguably Iceland’s most famous hot dog, if not its most famous food. I went to Iceland for these hot dogs. Sure, it was also because the airplane tickets were cheap and The Blue Lagoon is there, but mainly it was because of the hot dog.

I was not disappointed. This hot dog has a lot going on. The sausage itself is made of not just pork and beef, but also Icelandic lamb. And it’s got a snappy skin unlike any I’ve ever experienced.

Bill Clinton made this hot dog famous when he ordered one with just mustard (they now call that dog “The Clinton”), but everyone who lines up at this shack near the harbor in the frigid cold asks for “Ein með öllu” or “One with everything”.

And when I did, a cashier assembled my sandwich. It started with crispy fried onion, raw onion, and a smear of an apple-based ketchup, all of which got tucked into the base of the bun. Then the boiled plysur (that's Icelandic for “hot dog”) went on, which was slathered with a topping of sweet mustard and a mayo-like remoulade.

It's wonderful. Sweet, tangy, savory, with a flavor unique to this hot dog—a hot dog that I flew halfway around the world to eat.

Sure, it didn't hurt that Iceland is also the home of Gullfoss, one of the most breathtaking waterfalls I’ve ever seen—a so-far unrecognized Wonder of the Natural World. But damn, that hot dog!

Tryggvagata 1
101 Reykjavík, Iceland
+354 511 1566

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