On a desolate street corner in Reykjavik stands a hot dog stall that is famous around the world. Bill Clinton, Metallica and just about every other famous and not so famous visitor to Iceland stops at Baejarins Bestu for a hot dog.
The bizarre Blue Lagoon just outside of Reykjavik
Baejarins Bestu is not much to look at. There are a few stools outside but otherwise not much shelter from the bitter Icelandic wind. The menu is limited to hot dogs and soft drink. Baejarins Bestu has had such success with their hot dogs that they have seen no need to diversify into other offerings such as chips or burgers.
This single minded devotion to the dog has paid dividends through Bejarins Bestu’s international recognition. The hot dogs are made mostly from lamb and taste meaty rather than rubbery. The bun is fresh with a hint of sweetness and served with crunchy fried onions, tomato sauce, mayonnaise and mustard.
I must confess that I asked for no mustard rather than “eina med ollu” which is with the lot. The hot dog man was dubious “the mustard is the best part” he chided but even without the crowning glory Bejarins Bestu’s hot dog was still delicious. After all who was I to argue with Bill Clinton and Metallica (who ate seven).
Details: Tryggvagata (no street number), Reykjavik, Iceland (Ph 011 354 894 4514)
Damage: Such a bargain even my mother would approve
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