Where to eat in Reykjavik, Iceland: Baejarins Beztu Pylsur

24. May 2007 Reykjavik, Iceland 3

Our Iceland guide books made such a big deal about Baejarins Beztu Pylsur that we had to check it out. It’s a hot dog stand on Posthusstraeti, next to the Kolaportio flea market on weekends, and it’s lauded by eager locals as one of Iceland’s national foods.

When we walked by before noon, the line was already long. They must be good hot dogs, right?

I’m from New York City and we have Nathan’s and Sabrett hot dogs on the streets. We have Gray’s Papaya and Sparky’s. But perhaps Reykjavik has a say, too. So we joined the queue and bought ourselves a hot dog–what they call “A Clinton” after Bill Clinton made a stop during one of his trips to the country.

The verdict? We ordered a hot dog with ketchup and mustard. I added fried onions on mine. It looked like a hot dog and, well, it tasted like a hot dog. What’s the big deal again?

Baejarins Beztu Pylsur is on Posthusstraeti 101
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Baejarins Beztu Pylsur photos on Flickr
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3 thoughts on “Where to eat in Reykjavik, Iceland: Baejarins Beztu Pylsur”

  • 1
    Helen on August 12, 2008

    We just got back from Iceland – we walked past this stand a couple of times but didn’t get the chance to sample one. When I heard it hospitalised Clinton I was determined to have one but in the end we just didn’t get around to it.

  • 2
    Pete on January 29, 2010

    You had to try an “everything” dog. Sure, it’s just a hotdog, but it was pretty good. I’d have it again.

    BTW, what was that brown sauce on the top? It didn’t taste like ketchup, and certainly didn’t look like it. I was afraid to ask lest someone tell me it was fermented shark ;)


  • 3
    cia on January 31, 2010

    Wasn’t the brown sauce the mustard? It’s been years, so I don’t remember and I can’t tell from the photos I took.

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