Friday, 22 November 2013

Who let the dogs oot? Bubbledogs, 70 Charlotte Street, L

It's no secret, I'm a big fan of Glasgow. 

Since moving from Ayrshire to the big smoke a few years ago, I've built up a right strong affinity with streets of "the dear green place", Glesga culchur, the network of bloggers and, naturally, the awesome selection of eateries (and sandwiches!) our city has to offer.

Although I've got my go-to places for monster manwiches, gut-busting burgers and burnin' hawt burritos in Glasgow, when the opportunity to explore some place new and find out what's happening on the food scene in another city comes up, I'm there. 

Over the years, there have been some amazing highlights from my travels out of Glasgow including The Bird in Berlin; The Michigan Diner in Tecumseh, Canada and some other unbelievable food caves in the US, Mexico, and Dubai.

Last weekend I was given another chance to enjoy the bright lights and bites of London as more than a Big Ben gawping tourist, rowdy Scot at Twickenham or doting graduate job applicant.

Venturing south to visit my sister would also give me the opportunity to drop in on a few places I'd heard about online currently serving up some mean grub to hungry Londoners.

Bubbledogs, Charlotte Street, London.

Bubbledogs on Charlotte Street in Fitzrovia was somewhere Hannah had heard some cool things about over the last few weeks.

A champagne bar that is doing things a little bit differently, @bubbledogsuk dishes up some of the dirtiest dawgs I've seen this side of New Yoik to accompany the bubbles by the glassbottle.

I'm forever blowing bubble(dog)s.

The Bubbledogs hot dog menu is pretty extensive, actually, offering three different types of sausage (100% pork, beef or veggie) and 15 different mouthwatering topping combinations.

Mixing up classic ingredients such as onions, sauerkraut, and spicy jalapeƱos, with date destroying roasted garlic, crunchy caramelised lettuce, and Asian red bean paste, Bubbledogs makes selecting a dirty dawg from the menu quite difficult!

Bubbledogs, London, menu.

Stand out combo options for me? The "Jose": salsa, avocado, sour cream and jalapeƱos, and the "Breakie": your dog topped with fried egg, tomato relish and black pudding bits.

Although these mouthwatering offerings grabbed my attention, they're not the ones sis and I we went for...

The Mac Daddy

The Mac Daddy

After much deliberation, Hannah opted for The Mac Daddy: 100% meaty pork sausage topped with rich, cheesy, cheesy mac 'n cheese, bacon bits and crispy onion strips.

The bun is soft and doesn't disintegrate as a result of the sauciness of the indulgent cheese sauce.

The sausage is firm, meaty, smoky, delightfully cooked, giving that slight crunch with every bite that only a freshly cooked dawg can. 

The macaroni is generously layered on top, the pasta isn't over cooked and mushy, and the sauce is creamy, cheesy and sumptuous. 

Bacon bits add smoky, saltiness and the crispy onion strips add another texture to satisfy an increasingly inebriated diner: it's amazing how quickly the bubbles go to your head! 

For me, there was only one choice:

The Sloppy Joe

The Sloppy Joe @ Bubbledogs, Fitzrovia, London


I went for 100% beefy, beef sausage topped with Bubbledogs chilli, onions and melted cheese...

It was un-freaking-believable. 

Smoky, well seasoned, warming ground beef chilli - not too spicy: not too timid - but piled on like a flowing chilli lava with the crispy fried off onions and stringy melted cheese surfing on top.

The dawg itself is perfect: meaty and soft on the inside, firm when bitten, and so, so satisfying.

I've been lucky enough to try chilli dogs in the US and this guy has gotta be up there: a perfect example.

The Sloppy Joe: A perfect example of a chill cheese dog.

I saw some reviews commenting on portion size @ Bubbledogs, and like others, I like a big plate of food.

IMO, the hotdogs were plentiful but if you're heading along and fancy yourself a big feed, add a portion of the deliciously crispy fried sweet potato fries from the selection of sides and you're good to go. Besides, you gotta' leave some room for dat brut, son!

Crispy sweet potato fries on the side. 

This has got me on the lookout for somewhere in Glasgow, the West or even Edinburgh where I can pick up a chilli cheese dog to rival this one of Bubbledogs!

Have you got a suggestion? Or have you been to Bubbledogs? What did you think?!

Drop me an email or tweet me with your suggestions: @MrManwich.

Oh, and here's a preview of what's coming next on, the next stop on my London foodie trip:

Coming up on MEATliquor, London review.

May the manwiches be with you...

Mr Manwich

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  1. Those hot dogs look amazing! Did you finish it? Would never have thought to put mac cheese on a hot dog!

    1. Hey! I just saw your comment...Sorry about the late reply. Aw they were absolutely incredible, good I've managed to get the mac cheese bad boy onto a menu in Glasgow! Little Urban Achievers Club on Great Western Road have added on to the menu!

      Check them out:


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