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