Gourmet burgers may have become totally mainstream in recent years, but what about the humble hot dog?
Bored of burgers, many Edinburgh chefs have set their sights on creating a brand new breed of hearty and healthy hot dog, the likes of which the city has never seen before.
Forget what you learned from disappointing fast food or underwhelming IKEA bistro experiences past and get ready to drool over ten of Edinburgh’s best gourmet hot dogs and learn exactly where you can get your hands on them.
The Flying Dog
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Opening their doors just a couple of years ago in late 2013, The Flying Dog in Leith’s main mission was to bring a new generation of gourmet hot dogs to Edinburgh – as if you couldn’t tell from the name. Their menu will leave you spoiled for choice, and there are some unusual flavour combinations on there, including a hot dog topped with yoghurt, cucumber and mint and one with prawns. Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it.
24 Henderson Street, EH6 6BS – more info
The labyrinth-esque Rutland Hotel has a lot hidden up its proverbial sleeve, and its laidback diner-style restaurant The Huxley on the ground floor is one of our favourite parts. Their hot dog selection isn’t endless, but there’s something for everyone, whether you prefer yours naked or heaped with an intriguing combination of crispy pork belly and pickled veg. Plus, people watching from a window seat here is one of the best ways to spend a leisurely afternoon in Edinburgh.
1-3 Rutland Street, EH1 2AE – more info
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We’ve already crowned them experts in diet-busting American fare, so of course Frontier in Bruntsfield have got some out of this world hot dogs on offer. The chefs here know that you haven’t lived until you’ve had a healthy helping of guacamole on your dog. Bonus – all of the hot dogs are gluten-free and Frontier have the ultimate vegetarian ‘not dog’ on the menu, so everyone can join the party.
8 Gillespie Place, EH10 4HS – more info
A long-standing Edinburgh institution, Mathers has always been known as a great location for watching the footie and drinking a beer with friends. Nowadays you can still do both of those things, but with added hot dogs – score. After their kitchen was taken over by self-described ‘sausagemongers and pedlars of prime Scottish meats’ (otherwise known as butchers) Meat Hook, Mathers began serving a whole host of delicious gourmet hot dogs, from Scottish bratwurst to spicy Moroccan merguez. Definitely not your average pub food.
25 Broughton Street, EH1 3JU – more info
The Hanging Bat
Known for their beers (both homegrown and otherwise), The Hanging Bat also deserves an honourable mention for their dedication to the gourmet hot dog. In fact, theirs are made according to a bespoke recipe and cooked on their in-house smoker with the option to have everything from haggis to jalapeño cheese sauce on top. The pickled hot dog comes highly recommended so don’t be afraid to try it but – dear god, whatever you do – don’t ask for a side of chips if you value your life.
133 Lothian Road, EH3 9AB – more info
The Other Place
On Broughton Road you’ll find The Other Place, a modern bar and kitchen cooking up tons of delicious comfort food and with – most importantly – a secret recipe for delicious hot dogs. We’re thinking they might be onto something with the adventurous sounding streaky bacon, brie and cranberry sauce topped dog, but there are plenty of others to choose from if that doesn’t tickle your fancy.
2-4 Broughton Road, EH7 4EB – more info
Granted you’ll feel silly going to a restaurant called ‘Burger’ and ordering a hot dog, but as soon as you take your first bite you’ll forgive us. Any vegetarian readers can breathe a sigh of relief as – for once – you’ll have just as many options as the carnivores. Here you can have your dog plain, with sauerkraut and the works or with chilli, or for something different try the most recent tempting special. At the time of writing Burger’s latest hot dog special comes topped with chilli-fried cabbage, spring onion and… a Bounty bar. Yes, you read that right the first time and yes – we’re told – it tastes amazing.
94a Fountainbridge, EH3 9QA / 91-93 Shandwick Place, EH2 4SD – more info
A popular bar on Leith’s picturesque Shore, Teuchters Landing has a decadent jumbo venison hot dog on its impressive gastropub style menu. One of a kind on Edinburgh’s hot dog scene, this lone dog is raved about by patrons, and undoubtedly worth the trip east of the city centre. And if the hot dog doesn’t win your heart then of course the traditional yet homely Teuchters Landing will.
1c Dock Place, EH6 6LU – more info
The Safari Lounge
Once an old school drinking den and now a trendy, animal print clad real ale bar, The Safari Lounge in Abbeyhill boasts an appropriately wild menu which includes (you guessed it) some gourmet hot dogs worth writing home about. A simple yet classic roasted bratwurst is served with all manner of toppings, from chorizo and beef chilli to shredded pork and pickled veg. Perfect for a relaxed lunch or dinner date (provided your partner loves hot dogs as much as you) The Safari Lounge’s quirky interior and friendly staff are an extra bonus on top of consistently great food.
21 Cadzow Place, EH7 5SN – more info
The Boozy Cow
For perhaps the most generously sized hot dog in Edinburgh, The Boozy Cow is the place to be for ravenous meat-eaters. Sadly the variety isn’t huge (you can have a chilli dog or one with bacon) but the portions certainly are. Fantastically sweet and salty all at once, the maple cured bacon dog is definitely our favourite.
17 Frederick Street, EH2 2EY – more info
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