Having spent seven years (the majority of my 20s) in New York City, I love a good niche restaurant. And New York, in my opinion, does this better than anyplace else. Take for example, S’Mac (gourmet mac and cheese), Meatball Shop (self-explanatory) and Rice to Riches (rice pudding).
So when I first heard about a place in London that does hot dogs and champagne, Bubbledogs, my NYC foodie sensibilities stood up and cheered. (How very American). I knew before even darkening the door at this charming Fitzrovia eatery that it would likely have a distinctly New York feel, and it certainly does. With the exposed brick, family style seating and vintage speakeasy feel, Bubbledogs would easily fit in the East Village.
The menu is a fun selection of themed dogs, and you can likely guess the contents just by the names: Jose (salsa, avocado and sour cream), Reuben (sauerkraut, Russian dressing, swiss cheese). Our choice was the BLT: hotdog wrapped in bacon, lettuce and – let’s all clap our hands together in delight – truffle mayonnaise. That truffle mayo was so good, we got an extra side of it as a dipping sauce for our tots and sweet potato fries. Our dog was served in a red, vintage burger basket which was a fun contrast to the delicate champagne glasses that held glasses of sparkling rose.
I brought my best friend Emily here on her visit to London. It’s a great tourist jaunt, but would also be a great place for a fun date as well. Just yum.
Bubbledogs 70 Charlotte St London W1T 4QG +44(0)207 637 7770 firstname.lastname@example.org
© Jennifer Konopasek and GoodTravelerKarma, 2013.