“It’s not the most aesthetically pleasing but it tastes like a dream”*
These are the words of Frankfurter entrepreneur and founder of the The Rollin’ Hot Dog Co. Based at the Cardiff Fashion Quarter on Womanby Street, this an all in one fully mobile hot dog unit serving up tasty frankfurters with a variety of flavourful toppings, available as vegetarian and non-vegetarian.
We rolled up to the hot dog stall on a cold Saturday afternoon. The menu has just the right amount of choice, with nothing over the top to boggle the mind and confuse the senses, which is a good thing given our Christmas party hangovers from the night before.
Philly Devil - fried onions, cream cheese, salami, red and green jalapeño
The salami was easy going on the spice and more of a chorizo than Italian or German style salami. Personally I’d prefer a salami with a little more kick to it, but you can always add some extra jalapenos if you like it hotter! Cream cheese was a good ratio to the frankfurter and added a good dash of lubrication to proceedings. I went for the seeded roll but there is a plain option as well.
Christmas Dog - stuffing, gravy, cranberry, onions
The gravy was hot and rich, and the stuffing and cranberry combo gave the dog the festive cockle-warming flavour I was hoping for. The soft seeded roll was perfect for the gravy too. Just right for a rough-around-the-edges Saturday snack.
Service gets a massive thumbs up; chatty, friendly and not made to feel rushed just to get to serve the next customer. With an excellent price point to boot, these are definitely top dogs!
This is a very new venture but already it’s proving popular so it’ll be exciting to see what develops in the coming year for The Rollin’ Hot Dog Co.
Full contact details and opening times here.
* this was in reference to the Christmas Dog and does not apply to the full range of dogs!
Danish Monster 6.2% IPA
Part of the Celt Experience ‘Shapeshifter’ series, an exceptional beer from an exceptional brewery.
‘THE CELT EXPERIENCE, WALES, MEETS MASTER OF HOPPETS, DENMARK IN CAERPHILLY’
‘A HOPPY BATTLE BETWEEN TROPICAL FRUITS AND LEMON PEEL WITH BIG IBUS’
Can’t wait to see the results of their collaboration with Hang Fire Smokehouse.
Pulled pork has been on top of our favourite eats ever since we started the club in 2009. Since then we’ve sampled this porky delight at venues across England and the USA. Despite this, we reckon that some of the best barbecue around is being dished up right on our doorstep, here in Wales.
The ladies at Hang Fire Smokehouse have been serving up their “southern style barbecue” for about a year now, mainly at The Canadian pub in Splott, but also at various pop up stalls and events.
We caught up with Hang Fire at two of their most recent events. Firstly their Blues, Brews & BBQ night at The Full Moon, serving up hot, smokey racks of ribs with American beers and fine grain liquor. Secondly at The Canadian pub, their last event held there (and The Sandwich Club’s unofficial works Christmas party), saw the full Hang Fire menu being devoured, including several sides of burnt ends!
Both occasions have been a true delight and it’s so exciting to finally have someone serving up great barbecue food in Cardiff, even more so given that it puts some bigger names in bigger cities to shame.
We’ll be bringing you a full write up of Hang Fire when they reopen at their new home The Landsdowne pub in February. Until then catch up with their story so far on their website here.
Saturday evening commnced with food at Cardiff’s Chapter Art centre and a lovely pint of Kaltenberg Hell. Here’s the harissa chicken burger with fries, freshly made coleslaw and sour cream. Although very tasty, considering it was meant to have been flavoured with harissa I was expecting a lot more of a spicy kick to it.
After finishing our burgers attention turned of where to go next. A surprising suggestion was a visit to Pontypridd (just on the outskirts of Cardiff heading towards the Welsh Valleys). Anyone who is familiar with Pontypridd or to give it its more glamorous nickname ‘Ponty’, may be wondering WHY? Well this was my exact thought however I was assured that a trip to the Bunch of Grapes pub would be well worth the £4 train fare, possible bare-knuckle fight with post-rugby international day revellers and colourful locals.
So after a short train journey we arrived in Ponty and proceeded to walk for about 20 minutes through the main town centre. Out of nowhere at the end of a residential street appeared the very traditional looking Bunch of Grapes pub
Inside it was a relief to find not a single Fosters, Carling or Strongbow in sight. Instead the wonderful Brooklyn Beer resided on draught (Brooklyn Brown Ale and Pale Ale were available in bottled form) alongside a selection of Otley ales, Sierra Nevada and local guest ales.
After several beers, attention turned of course to more food. Being late at night, and after already consuming a burger and fries earlier in the evening, somehow the ‘confit leg of mallard’ didn’t seem appropriate. Instead two cheese platters were ordered and quickly devoured. Delicious.
Butter. Not Cheese.
The Bunch of Grapes is well worth checking out and there’s a lot of events coming up including a cheese night, cooking classes and a even a live male voice choir this coming weekend!
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Last week I was fortunate enough to try the latest addition to the specials board at Fresh Baguette – Salami crackling. Fresh is located in Royal Arcade Cardiff and at lunch time is hard to miss as customers line the arcade queuing to order. This is for good reason, the inviting smell and welcome atmosphere coupled with an impressive menu selection has generated a real cult following.