The Icelandic Hotdog is an absolute top ten Icelandic food you must try. There is no fast food that comes close in popularity to the Icelandic Hot Dog. We call them Pylsur or Pulsur. The best hot dog you find are the ones sold at Bæjarins Bestu. That literally means The Town‘s Best. And it‘s actually true. And that, of course, is where we stop in our Reykjavik Food Tour.
So how to order a hot dog? The easiest thing to do is to order „one with everything“. That means you will be served a hot dog in a soft bread bun with raw onions, fried onions, ketchup, lightly spiced mustard, and remoulade. Remoulade is a mayonnaise that has been mixed with gherkins and capers. Bill Clinton came to Iceland some years ago and asked for one with just mustard. We call it the Clinton. But I for one think he made a serious mistake, it is just so much better with all the other stuff. No decent Icelander would have just the mustard!
The hot dog itself is made with mostly lamb but also pork, and beef. It’s rich in flavor and at the Town‘s Best they are rumored to be braised in beer.
The Town‘s Best is one of the oldest companies in Reykjavik, serving hot dogs now for over 80 years. It is a family run company and they have been selling hot dogs for over four generations now. They have food stalls in six places, one of them in the center of Reykjavik just by Kolaportið, the Reykjavík Flea Market. You can read our blog on the market here. One of the reasons they have maintained their status is that despite much success they never went posh. They have in fact stayed exactly the same, never extended their menu or even changed the hot dog stand. They just stick to what the people love, a good old Icelandic hot dog. And people queue in all kinds of weather and stand outside in the cold to enjoy that delicious bite of a warm hot dog.
For many generations now Icelanders have taken a drive with their families to the center and stopped at the hot dog stand, ended their evenings of beer drinking at the hot dog stand, their Saturday or Sunday walk at the hot dog stand or a walk with the dog, who also would enjoy a bite at the hot dog stand. I for one have grown up doing all of that.
The opening hours are also quite good or on Sundays through Thursdays from 10 am – 2 am and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 04:30 am so perfect during the weekends after a couple of beers.
One hot dog should be enough but honestly, a lot of people go for the second. Even if that means queuing again. Don‘t miss out on trying this delicious treat. By joining our Reykjavik Food Tour you will definitely enjoy an Icelandic Hot Dog, and so much more of what Reykjavik has to offer for your taste buds. This is also the perfect treat after our Reykjavik Beer Tour or Pub Crawl.