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Hopdog – Healthy Hotdogs in Brussels

By - September 28, 2011 (Updated: May 30, 2018)

Hopdog and owners Sameul and Chady

Hopdog and owners Sameul and Chady (photo via Hopdog)

Hotdogs probably aren’t the first food that comes to mind when you hear the word ‘gourmet.’ But a new company in Brussels is trying to change that. They’re called Hopdog and they’re taking food in a bun to a whole new level.

After one quick look at Hopdog’s website and menu, we decided we had to give these healthy, gourmet hotdogs a try. So, we grabbed a couple of willing friends and went to taste-test.

Located on Rue des Fripiers, a bustling shopping street, steps from Grand Place,  Hopdog is conveniently located for a snack on-the-run.  This isn’t an eat-in restaurant, but luckily Hopdogs are highly portable.

Hopdogs are made with chicken sausage and come in two sizes: Small at 250 calories, and Big at 480 calories. There are also vegetarian and organic Hopdogs for an even healthier choice. The buns are fresh baked daily and are available in white, brown and multi-grain. There are 7 home-made sauces to choose from including spicy ketchup, mustard and pesto.

The Healthy Hopdog

The Healthy Hopdog (photo via Hopdog)

Andrew ordered the Traditional Hopdog, which has ketchup and mustard on a white bun. As his was the ‘Big’ version, he got two sausages on his bun. His verdict? Delicious!

The Big Original Hopdog

The Big Original Hopdog

I opted for the Crispy Barbecue Hopdog, along with one of our fellow taste-testers. Our sausages came with barbecue sauce and crispy fried onions. They tasted great and the crunchy onions gave the sausage a nice added texture.

The Crispy Barbecue Hopdog

The Crispy Barbecue Hopdog

Our final taste-tester chose the Spicy Hopdog, which was the same as Andrew’s but had spicy ketchup. She felt it had a nice little kick of heat.

The taste-testers approve!

The taste-testers approve!

We had a quick chat with one of the owners, in between customers, and learned that Hopdog is already thriving. It’s no wonder! With great flavour, fresh, healthy ingredients, portability and speed in their favour, we expect to see Hopdog outlets popping up all over Brussels.

Samuel talks about Hopdog while we eat

Samuel talks about Hopdog while we eat

Rue des Fripiers/ kleerkopersstraat 21
1000 Brussels
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10.00 am to 6.30 pm

Have you tried a Hopdog? Let us know what you thought in the comments. For more great restaurants in Belgium and beyond, check out our Restaurant Review page.

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian travel writer, author, and photographer. She is the founder of, a website dedicated to slow and sustainable travel, off-the-beaten-path destinations, and cultural awareness through travel. She and her husband, Andrew, are the founders of RockFort Media, committed to helping entrepreneurs tell their stories online. Alison has visited over 45 countries and, after living in Belgium for 11 years, now lives full-time in a Bigfoot motorhome named Yeti with Andrew and their well-travelled cat.
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