What's for Lunch? Hot Dog Stand outside the British Museum

By tikichris Last edited 120 months ago
What's for Lunch? Hot Dog Stand outside the British Museum
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Londonist asks that most pressing of daily concerns: where to go on your lunch break.

Hot Dog Stand outside the British Museum

63 Great Russell St WC1B 3BF

Hours of operation seem to reflect the museum’s hours

Expect to Pay: £2.50 for a jumbo hot dog

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Rating: 6 out of 10

Haut cuisine it’s not, but what’s more indulgent than a hot dog every once in awhile? And, at £2.50 for a “jumbo” hot dog, who can’t afford to indulge every now and then? For as long as Londonist can remember, there’s been a hot dog vendor just outside the gates to the British Museum selling rather large hot dogs and luring people with the glorious smell of frying onions. For a speedy, filling and yummy lunch, the vendor’s wares are hard to beat. However, we wish he had more in the way of relishes and toppings and think he could learn a thing or two from the great hot dog street vendors of Manhattan’s Museum Mile. Still, streamlined service at low prices mean these dogs are at least worth keeping in mind if milling about this area.

Photography by Chris Osburn © 2007

Last Updated 23 October 2007

MRadclyffe

I can't believe Londonist is supporting this type of vendor. Boo!

tikichris

"I can't believe Londonist is supporting this type of vendor. Boo!"

What would you prefer?

siany

mmm, hot dogs yummy.

But my friend Anna is vegetarian and hot dog vendors try and charge her £2 for bread and fried onions...

tikichris

mmmm, bread and fried onions.

Yeah, two quid for a non-dog hot dog is a rip. Bummer you can't get tofu dogs from these guys.

carter15

These guys are a smelly menace.
Was he licensed?
Get them off the streets!

jalapeno

Oh god no!! The hot dogs that these people sell are, I swear, made out of stray cat meat and wallpaper paste. I thought everyone in London knew that the only time it's appropriate to eat these is if you're insanely, regrettably drunk at 4am. If you've ever eaten them sober, they taste terrible. Is Olly Olson still in Wardour Street? That's a much, much, much better option for hot dogs...

tikichris

mmm, stray cat meat and wallpaper paste.

Wow. I didn't realize hot dogs would elicit such a reaction! Olly Olson looks good. Kurz & Lang is pretty yummy too:
http://londonist.com/2007/06/w...

tikichris

FYI: according to the Sausage and Bread blog, Olly Olson is no longer with us:
http://sausageandbread.blogspo...

macaonghus

Whoah whoah, what were you thinking? 6 out of 10?! These types of hot dogs have to be the most disgusting food in London.

And what you smell is not onions, it's rancid overcooked oil (I use the term oil loosely, it may be something Saddam would have considered using in his northern provinces).

tikichris

"Whoah whoah, what were you thinking? 6 out of 10?!"

They're pretty good. Wouldn't eat them all the time but they're okay now and again.

colinio

that is insane... is this April 1st?

firstly I can't believe you are comparing it to the hot dog vendors in New York. I very much doubt these are proper hot dogs.

I do not have the pleasure of knowing this stand but in general these are undercooked, over greasy 11% meat sausages in a bap served by some guy who probably has no licence, certainly has no cleaning utensils and has not washed his hands since he pushed his cart out of some hovel (e.g. the one under the old post office on High Holborn) where the gangs store them. The handful of university classmates who've had hot dogs from similar carts got food poisoning and avoided them ever since.

Some are operated by Albanian gangs - a few years ago I was walking on Westminster Bridge in a crowd past one of these greasecarts when a car screeched to a halt and four armed police jumped out and wrestled the two sellers to the ground. They quickly pulled four knives off these guys.

As I say I don't know anything about this particular seller but Londoners avoid these carts in general, for very good reasons!

tikichris

"firstly I can't believe you are comparing it to the hot dog vendors in New York."

Well, the review does say that the vendor could learn a thing or two from the great hot dog street vendors of Manhattan’s Museum Mile. Comparing doesn't mean equating.

M@

How can anything sporting a Union Flag possibly be bad?

tikichris

mmm, Union Flags yummy.

siany

geri halliwell wore a union flag dress. this was bad. bad. bad. bad.

tikichris

mmm, geri halliwell? Well. Maybe not.

eas_e

For the record: NY hot dogs are traditionally known as piss-water dogs. Mark of quality? Probably not. NY hot dogs are just as smelly and small-percent-meat as the ones here.... hey - they're hot dogs - where else are the cows' eyeballs, lips, etc. going to go?

tikichris

mmm, eyeballs, lips, etc.

Word is that Bodean's serves a mean chilli cheese dog.

jalapeno

I think that Chris should provide us with alternate hot dog outlets, Bodeans, Ed's, etc, in light of the public outrage this has caused. At the very least it would be an excuse to read about hot dogs?

Also, I want to clarify just how bad I think these are - I would never eat these, and my standards are incredibly low. For example, I have eaten dinner from the overpriced snacks thing at the Vue cinema in Leceister Square before, and I've also eaten at an Aberdeen Angus Steakhouse. And Garfunkel's (more than once). I've even eaten pizza from that place in the middle of Oxford Street. I'd do these all again if really pushed. But no, not the hot dogs.

tikichris

"I think that Chris should provide us with alternate hot dog outlets ... in light of the public outrage this has caused."

I'll do me best. Stay tuned for more hot dog adventures to come. Of course, that doesn't mean they'll follow immediately as the next few reviews. As said, hot dogs are an "every now and then" type of indulgence.