Big Apple Hot Dogs has garnered quite the cult following on the interweb, with tales of a genuine New York-style hot dog stand on Old Street pervading many a food blog. So I thought it was high time I checked it out for myself.
Approaching from the tube station, the cart is situated just past the fire station on Old Street - it's easy enough to find. Abiye Cole, the man usually behind the stand, was not there on the day of my visit, which was a shame - I was looking forward to meeting him and asking him about the business. Never mind. I had the signature Big Dog: A coarsely ground blend of pork and beef, our signature sausage is seasoned with marjoram, garlic and black pepper before being double-smoked over German beech wood, that came, along with some onions, in a bun which Abiye gets baked fresh daily from H.W. Anderson of Hoxton.
In a nutshell...
The hot dog was excellent – the sausage was clearly of a good quality, with a high meat content, a lovely, smoky flavour, and a nice snap from the griddle; the bun soft as should be. It was, beyond any doubt, the best hot dog I have encountered in this country.
Big Apple Hot Dogs
239 Old Street, London, EC1V 9EY
Average Price: £3.50