Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur
Bæjarins beztu pylsur (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈpaːijarɪns ˈpɛstʏ ˈpʰɪlsʏr̥], The best hot dogs in town), often shortened to "Bæjarins beztu," is a small chain of popular hot dog stands located in Reykjavík, Iceland. The flagship stand has been in continuous operation since 1937 and sits across from the Harpa Concert Hall. There are also three additional locations in the city.
It is believed that a majority of Icelanders have eaten at Bæjarins beztu. Foreign visitors are often brought to the original stand by locals eager to have them try the hot dogs, which are often called "The Icelandic National Food." Among all the famous people who have dined at Bæjarins beztu include: Bill Clinton, former president of the United States, James Hetfield, vocalist for the heavy metal band Metallica, and actor Charlie Sheen.
The original stand also appeared in the first season of Anthony Bourdain's travel program No Reservations. In August of 2006, the British newspaper The Guardian also selected Bæjarins beztu as the best hot dog stand in Europe.
A hot dog costs 380 krónas (as of January of 2015) and ketchup, sweet mustard, fried onion, raw onion and remoulade, a mayonnaise-based sauce that contains sweet relish, are all available as condiments. Hot dogs are often ordered with "the works" (i.e., all the condiments), or in Icelandic, "eina með öllu." The hot dog itself is boiled and served on an unremarkable bun. These hot dogs are made in Iceland, taste good, and are of average size; everyone in Reykjavik seems to know of the central hot-dog stand, and even the taxi driver recommended it. Even on a cold and very windy and rainy January day there was a short line of people placing orders for these hot dogs.
- "Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur locations".
- "Sells the best hot dogs in Europe (Selur bestu pylsur í Evrópu)" (in Icelandic). 2006-08-22.
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