On the hunt for a hot dog? From spicy hot chili dogs to vegan not-dogs, or dogs with an interesting twist, there’s a gourmet hot dog to suit every taste in the city by the sea.
Emily Turner finds the five best places in Brighton to satisfy your hot dog hunger.
If you’re on the lookout for a seriously hot hotdog, then head to Meatliquor on York Place to give their jalapeño-laden chili dog a try. With its neon lights and wallpaper collaged with Bettie Page illustrations, call girl cards and pictures that wouldn’t look out of place in occult manuscript, visiting Meatliquor is a bit like entering the pages of an explicit, esoteric, psychedelic zine.
However, you won’t regret braving the bizarre after trying their chili dog – smothered in mustard, with tons of hot chili and onions, it’s a real treat for chili lovers.
22-2 York Place, BN1 4GU, 01273 917710, meatliquor.com/brighton
The Dog Haus at Patterns
The Dog Haus is the brand spanking new hot dog restaurant which has just opened at Patterns, the club located right on Brighton’s seafront. Built on the former site on an art deco hotel, The Dog Haus at Patterns mixes the modern, clean feel of the art movement with football tables, music posters and neon lights. If you’re looking for hot dogs with an eccentric gourmet twist, this is the place for you – for example, The Booze Hound (£5.50) has been drowned in Brighton beer batter and piled high with mushy peas.
10 Marine Parade, BN2 1TL, 01273 894777, patternsbrighton.com
JB’s American Diner
“It’s like the Taj Mahal of fake fifties diners”, says Enid Coleslaw in the 2001 film Ghost World, and that’s exactly what you’ll get at JB’s American Diner. Prepare to be inundated with wall to wall kitsch Americana when you step through the doors at JB’s – Wyoming and Oklahoma license plates, a ceiling-high Uncle Sam, and just about every fathomable piece of Elvis or Marilyn merchandise. Whether you’re looking for a classic hotdog or something a bit more eccentric, this is the place for you. Give the Windy City Dog (£8.95) a try, which comes with gherkins, sautéed onion and jalapeños.
31 King’s Road, BN1 1NR, 01273 771776, jbsdiner.co.uk
Looking for a banger on the run? On the hunt for Brighton’s best street food hot dog? Walk straight out of the train station and you’ll spot the Gourmet Bangers vendor, serving up hot, tasty dogs to keep you going when you’re heading into town. The breakfast dog (£4.50) is highly recommended, served with extra bacon, egg and cheese to give you something to wake up for.
Serving one of the best vegan not-dogs in town, Vbites is a must-visit restaurant on a Brighton hot dog hunt. Whether you’re veggie or vegan, or just looking for a hot dog with an interesting twist, Vbites’ Hottie Dog (£6.95) is extremely tasty, and is with served onions and either skinny or sweet potato fries. Right next to the seafront, Vbites is open from 9:30am until 7pm most days, so it’s a great place to nip in and grab a dog, whether it’s a for a filling lunch or an evening treat.
14 East Street, BN1 1HP, 01273 747371, vbites.com