Are hot dogs the new burger? Sure looks that way!
Manchester already is home to quite a few ‘hot dog’ places like Dogs’N’Dough (review here) and by the look of things, this trend is here to stay. Last weekend Seb and I decided to try The Splendid Sausage Co – a restaurant that has been the talk of the town for a while now. It’s conveniently located on John Dalton Street just off Albert Square – what a great location right in the heart of the city!
The Splendid Sausage Co. has replaced Jack Spratt, a place I did frequent quite a bit – it was cheap, convenient, easy and I loved it. So the pressure was on! The Splendid Sausage Co. has been getting some great reviews and I love a good hot dog, so I was looking forward to my visit.
The restaurant front is simple and elegant and I really like that about The Splendid Sausage Co. Most of the newer trendy restaurants tend to go for the other extreme and have very ‘busy’ shop fronts and interiors but I am loving the simplicity here!
The simplicity continues inside this bright and colourful space. It’s also surprisingly filled with natural light and all that red and yellow just puts you in a good mood. We were seated immediately in one of the 3 colorful booths in the restaurant by our very smiley waitress.
The menus are simple – again keeping with the overall theme and are easy to read. The refusal to use the word ‘hot dog’ on the menu does baffle me however, considering that everything said and done, The Splendid Sausage Co. primarily sells hot dogs!
But don’t worry if you don’t fancy a hot dog, they do have other sausage based dishes on the menu – they have recently launched a special salad menu and it did look pretty epic.
They also have a really good selection of drinks on offer, right from your standard milkshakes spiked with booze to a pretty impressive collection of beers. I spotted something called the Harviestoun Old Engine Oil Ice Cream Float on the menu and just couldn’t resist ordering it. I am not the biggest fan of beer if I am being honest but with a name like that who could say no? Ice cream in a beer – why the Hell not?
I wasn’t really sure about a bitter ice cream float but it worked really well together. The sweetness of the ice cream did wonders to balance out the bitterness of the beer. If you decided to go to The Splendid Sausage Co., make sure you order one of these. Highly recommended.
Seb played it safe and went for the Fluffer Nutter which was a non alcoholic milkshake made out of marshmallow fluff, Nutella, ice cream and milk. It was your standard milkshake, done well. I love the cute vintage styled milk bottles – very cool!
The waitress came over to take our order and I was going to order one of the many hot dogs on the menu but then I saw this piece of paper on my table which I had completely ignored until this point – they had a special! If you are a frequent reader of my blog, you know that I am a sucker for specials at restaurants.
The Manchester Dog – a special hot dog created to celebrate Manchester Day available for only 3 days and limited to 15 a day. I had to order one of these!
This was the best hot dog I have ever had in my life.
There I said it.
The Manchester Egg (pickled egg, sausage meat, black pudding and breadcrumbs) and the crispy red onions toppings on this hot dog were absolutely divine. I would happily order this again if I found it on the menu in the future.
Hot dogs are essentially finger food – you need to be able to pick them up with your hands and dig in. The hot dogs here are however massive and I don’t think anybody could manage to confront this beast without a knife and a fork. But I wasn’t really bothered to be honest, it’s a lot smaller than the gigantic burgers that are so trendy right now.
Seb ordered the Mexican combo hot dog which is a Spanish sausage topped with three cheese mix, peppers, lettuce, freshly chopped chillies, guacamole and crushed nachos all served up in a buttered brioche roll. Again a well thought out hot dog done really well. You wouldn’t normally think nachos on a hot dog would necessarily work but it really does.
We also ordered a portion of the Bacon, Buffalo and Blue Fries. Bacon and blue cheese is one of my favourite combinations but this just didn’t do it for me unfortunately. They are pretty good, don’t get me wrong but they didn’t match the fries at Almost Famous which is my idea of the perfect side of fries.
We had a brilliant collection of home made sauces to compliment the fires. I was especially impressed with the peanut butter mustard here – again not something I would usually put together but it works so well! I would have happily bought a bottle of that stuff.
We did consider pudding but these hot dogs definitely filled us up and I couldn’t eat another morsel even if I tried. So we cleared the bill and headed out to enjoy the glorious sunshine.
So what did I think of The Splendid Sausage Co.?
I absolutely loved it. Good service, a innovative menu, well priced and wait for it, the best dogs in town. They even have a Sunday Roast hot dog. What’s not to like?