International Travel: Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur (Reykjavik, Iceland)

IMG_4466In 2012 during our trip to Iceland we thought we should research a little bit about food places. Being from the Northwestern part of the US our diet consists of a lot of seafood, and that is true in Iceland as well, but we also learned they have a great love of the hot dog.

We read in our Icelandic travel book that Bæjarins Beztu hotdog stand was one of the most popular restaurants in Reykjavík. They have been touted as the best hot dogs in Europe, so naturally our curiosity was peaked!

Admittedly, we are not hog dog aficionados,in fact at the time we were hardpressed to get our son to actually eat a hot dog. He just didn’t have any desire to try it. Take him to a foreign country and put it in front of him and he is all in and by all accounts the hot dogs were very good!

This food cart is so well known that  Bill Clinton stopped for a snack a few years ago, Anthony Bourdain featured the stand in his first episode of his hit show No Reservations, and my kid ate the whole thing, bun and all (which was unlike him). There is always a line so step on up and enjoy the view of the harbor while you wait.

Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur opened in 1937 standing the test of time. Each hotdog cost 320 kronas (about $2.65) and according to their website the condiments include ketchup, sweet mustard, fried onion, raw onion and remolaði, a mayonnaise-based sauce with sweet relish. We had them hold a few things for us, but it is a definite must-stop when visiting the city!

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