Bulls & Dogs
While the pretzel bun-based hot dogs at this little slice of hipster heaven divide opinion between purists and fans – do try the ‘Smokey Pepper Dog’ with merguez sausage (€5,50) and hand-cut sweet potato fries (€3,75). The chocolate ‘freakshake’ (€6,00), a milkshake decorated with Oreo cookies, Nutella, chocolate buttons and a cigarette wafer roll, is universally adored.
Bulls & Dogs, Van Woustraat 58. Other location: Food Hallen (Bellamyplein 53)
Beloved by Dutch builders and bankers alike, Hema’s €2,00 take on the fast food favourite is echt Hollands and deeply down to earth. In a typical display of polder practicality, the white bread rolls actually come with a tubular tunnel down the centre for the warm sausage and Hema’s scrumptious ‘secret mustard sauce’.
HEMA, various locations
The Fat Dog
Ron Blaauw’s snacketeria takes a low-brow break from the renowned chef’s usual high-end cooking. We liked the Gangs of New York (€7,50!), a frankfurter with just the right burst and bite, served on pooch-printed paper with sauerkraut, smoked onion marmalade, mustard and bacon crisps. Price aside, these haute dogs are clearly a different breed from those dodgy Dam-square pavement specials.
The Fat Dog, Ruysdaelkade 251