Town's Bezt Dawgs

This little red and white hot dog stand downtown by the harbor is called Bæjarinn's Bezta Pylsur, or Town's Best Hot Dogs. This is where Bill Clinton stopped to grab a bite (check out this photo) while in Reykjavik last summer. The fact that he very much enjoyed this snack is the only thing him and my father, a staunch classic Republican, have in common...

When my dad is here in town he likes to take what he calls his "evening constitutional," a nice stroll around downtown to stretch his legs, breathe fresh air and, usually, grab a Bæjarinns Bezta pylsur. It's said the owners heat their pylsur in water spiked with malt, a thick, dark, sweet beery kind of beverage, which adds to their taste, and also that they rarely change this water, preferring instead to let the meat fats and juices accumulate. Whatever their secret is, there is always a line at Baejarinn's Bezta. Be sure to give it a go while here.

Oh, and ask for "one with everything." You'll get ketchup, sweet mustard, remolade, fresh onions and crunchy toasted onions plus the dog in your bun. Yum!!!

7 comments:

Professor Batty said...

It is hard to explain to someone how such a common, simple food can taste so good - this stand and its pylsur has been featured on NPR's gourmet radio show "The Splendid Table"...I lived on these when I was there last April...yum!

Lovewine said...

There is generally only two situations when I enjoy hotdogs/smokies. The first is while camping when the meat tubes are slow cooked over an open flame. The second is late at nite after an evening of drinking...after the bar closes people gather around the dog cart to try and postpone the hangover with yummy goodness.
The dawgs you describe sound like they'd be good anytime.

digdug said...

everybody knows that the flavor of a juicy hot dog is inversely proportional to the actual healthiness of it. i gotta say , a hot dog cooking in OLD hot dog water w/ malt in it sounds really evil ( so it must taste heavenly!) i'd like two please!

BadDoggie said...

Bæjarinn's Bezta is OK, but they don't have potato salad for the pylsur so I usually go to Shell or to the stand in front of Laugardalslaug for my fix.

Gen said...

D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S!!!!

Anonymous said...

I agree, it's not "best" until it has potato salad! :)

Tanya said...

I agree TOO!! Its just not "best" with out that potato salad!