Snapshots from Iceland: Hot Dog from Baejarins Beztu Pylsur
I visited Iceland from April 18 to 24. Although this sparsely populated country may not be known for its cuisine, there was plenty of interesting food to report on. This week I'll share some food-related bits with you.
Unless you're vegetarian, you can't visit Reykjavik without eating at Baejarins Beztu Pylsur, a hot dog stand near flea market Kolaportið that has been open since 1937. It's known for serving the best hot dog in Reykjavik (its name appropriately means, "The best hot dog in town") and for once having served former US president Bill Clinton. It's certainly one of the most accessible eateries for only 250 ISK per dog (and like almost everything else in Iceland, you can pay for it with your credit card).
I was a bit skeptical of the hot dog at first. I mean...it's just a hot dog. What's the big deal? I'm surrounded by hot dogs in New York City and don't particularly love any of them. But Baejarins Beztu Pylsur beat my hometown ones for two of its characteristics: super snappy casing and crunchy fried onions. Crunch and snap—that's what I needed! Other toppings include chopped raw onions, remoulade, ketchup, and mustard, but overall it's the fried onions I remember the most.
There are notched hot dog holders in the eating area by the stand, but you'll only use them for a second or two before downing the hot dog in just a few bites.