Fast Food in Iceland

I was rather busy enjoying the culinary delights of Iceland, which mostly consisted of fish (with a side of puffin and whale). But there were a few times that I stopped off for a quick bite to eat so I could sample fast food in Iceland.

Bæjarins beztu pylsur hot dog stand
Bæjarins beztu pylsur hot dog stand in Reykjavik

The hot dog that gave Bill Clinton a heart attack

The first stop was Bæjarins beztu pylsur (don’t ask me how to pronounce that) for a hot dog. This is the hot dog to have in Reykjavik. Bill Clinton had one shortly before his heart attack. If that’s not an endorsement for a hot dog, I don’t know what is. Anthony Bourdain also ate there.hotdog

This hot dog stand has been around since 1937. It’s popular despite being surrounded by parking lots. I’m not really sure what was on my hot dog — I asked for one with everything (fried onions and mustard was involved). It was really good, but not quite as good as the hot dogs at Crif Dogs in Manhattan though.

Who eats pizza in Iceland?


Even better than the hot dog was the slice of pizza I had for lunch after I switched hotels to Hotel Fron. The Deli is a little shop on Laugavegur, really close to downtown. My pizza had chili peppers, sweet peppers, yam, spinach, mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes. For everything that was on that slice, it was an amazing combination of flavors. They have a lot of other interesting combinations as well.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time in Iceland to try all the restaurants that tempted me. I would’ve liked to try the American Style restaurant.

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