Category: hot dog

arts club, liverpool

walking past the arts club, it was like i hadn’t learnt anything from living in manchester as, for a moment, i thought it was actually an arts centre. little did i know that, inside, i would find one of the best chilli dogs i have ever eaten.

2013-12-07 14.19.432013-12-07 14.19.30nursing somewhat of a hangover from the morning before, i needed something delicious, filling and, most of all, naughty.

the menu offered predominantly burgers, with some larger plates of chilli and fried chicken with biscuits, but i couldn’t quite handle those! instead, we went for a chilli dog each, a portion of mac&cheese (with bacon – always with bacon), and triple fried chips. these were listed in the starters/small plates section, and were so well priced it felt like a complete steal.

2013-12-07 14.45.46the chilli dog in all its glory. we’re talking properly, chunky, pieces-of-steak chilli. with just the right amount of spice. the meat fell apart and the hot dog, surprisingly, held its own. nothing from a tin here!

WP_20131207_002the mac&cheese was simply heavenly, and a must try with some chilli – the flavours just work! it was thick with cheese and chunks of bacon, but somehow not overly heavy, and a really great portion.

it turns out triple fried chips have the most amazing amount of crisp, which is my absolute must when it comes to chips, though i wouldn’t be surprised if the fries were equally as good.

WP_20131207_003this is me, staring lovingly at my food.

don’t be fooled by the exterior, like i almost was. here is the perfect place to read a magazine, tuck into some solid, well made grub, and while away the afternoon.


dogs’n’dough, manchester

after the wonder that was pulled pork, some were questioning what would be next – the answer, my friends, is hot dogs. or at least, it should be!

dogs’n’dough is fairly new on the manchester scene but i can see it becoming a huge hit.

we went in on saturday lunch, pre-cinema. it was relatively quiet but soon picked up, with a real mixture of groups, mainly women and a few families (who deserve massive kudos for getting their kids on such a good eating path.)

2013-11-30 13.49.12the menu is fairly simply, with only a few options, though you can add extra toppings to anything for £1. i almost went for the chilli dog, but after much deliberation chose the meat monster pizza Рpastrami, smoked ham, pepperoni and crispy bacon.

2013-11-30 14.15.35yes, it tasted as good as it looks. i thought the base was pretty perfect, with a great crisp on the crusts, and the toppings worked really well together. well, you can’t go wrong with a tonne of meat.

2013-11-30 14.15.43the boyf’s ADB (all day breakfast, at the back of the snap above) was a frank topped with bbq beans, crispy bacon and a poached egg. oh yes good readers, a poached egg, which he actually ate very gracefully.

the cheesy fries were pretty congealed just the way i like them, but obviously not to everyone’s taste! we had them with some frank’s hot sauce, one of the many chilli sauces they have on offer.

2013-11-30 14.15.50onion rings were a healthy portion, really crispy, and up there in the ranks of manchester’s best.

dogs n doughget out of the christmas market rush, head down the dark stairs and step into a world of food and great music. 

guerrilla eats first birthday, manchester

anyone who reads this blog, follows me on twitter or yelp, knows how much of a fan i am of the big blue gorilla that is guerrilla eats.

recently, he celebrated his first birthday! and boy does he know how to celebrate.

traders included the usual dirty dogs are hot, ginger’s comfort emporium, chaat cart and fire & salt bbq but there were also a few visitors from elsewhere – spit and roast, mumma’s schnitzel (who are also to be found in spinningfields), and luardo’s mexican.

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as ever, we tried to eat from everywhere!

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2013-11-16 20.46.36the texan two step roll from fire & salt, consisting of brisket and texan smoked sausage on a brioche roll, was a real treat. stepping away from pulled pork was a great move, showing that bbq is more than the standard fare. the mac and cheese was delicious; mixed fresh in front of us, the sauce was creamy and rich, much like that of southern eleven.

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the buttermilk chicken bun from spit and roast, topped with korean hot sauce, made us both stop and really appreciate what we were eating. the chicken was juicy and moist, with a perfect crispy coating, and the sauce was sweet but spicy. i hope they come back because i don’t think i can live my life without more of this chicken.

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2013-11-16 20.19.56dirty dogs are hot were, as ever, offering up a twist on the classic dog – this time, it was the dog’s bollocks. no, that was the name! bourbon jam, a beef and pork frank, nacho cheese sauce and pickled red onion. if that doesn’t get your juices flowing, i don’t know what will.

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2013-11-16 21.00.22we had ginger’s chorlton crack for dessert – peanut and salted caramel ice cream. the initial salty taste took me back, but the aftertaste and chunks of nut went down perfectly. rich and creamy, it’s no wonder these ice-creams are so sought after in manchester.

not a bouncy castle in sight.