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“hot dog heaven” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hot-Dog-Soup

Grunberger Strasse 69, 10245 Berlin, Germany
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Ranked #3,113 of 5,981 Restaurants in Berlin
Cuisines: American
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“hot dog heaven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2010

I had to give this place an excellent review. They did what they advertised. Hot dogs. It was not really American style dogs - no big deal for me. I enjoy eating here. It was not fancy, it was not expensive, it was just a fun place to eat a hot dog. They keep it simple, but sometimes simple works perfectly.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Unique snacks in Friedrichshain”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2010

Hot Dog Soup is a hidden gem in Friedrichshain. Since Simon-Dach-Strasse now resembles many other tourist-oriented outdoor cafe/bar streets across Europe, Hot Dog Soup may be one of your few chances to try something genuinely different in the rapidly-gentrifying Friedrichshain neighborhood. Plus, there is a refreshing honesty in the name. You can get hot dogs here, and you can get soup here. In both cases Hot Dog Soup has vegetarian and vegan options (yes, even for hot dogs) for the non-carnivores.

It is good that everyone can participate in Hot Dog Soup, because the food at Hot Dog Soup is very good. Mind you, there is nothing particularly outstanding about a hot dog itself. Hot Dog Soup's main accomplishment is to create unique combinations of hot dog toppings to change the hot dog experience. For example, you can get a hot dog topped with roasted onions, whole red chiles, sweet chile sauce, and hot sauce. You can get a hot dog topped with a special house cheese sauce and fresh chopped tomatoes. And in my favorite combination, the "Hawaii" hot dog, you can get a hot dog topped with pineapple, sweet and sour sauce, and crispy roasted onions. With many different possible topping combinations, these hot dogs make for provocatively tasty snacks. While the wiener and bun are not making news, the hot dog eating experience will be unlike anything you've ever tried. It's that good here.

Of course, as the name indicates, Hot Dog Soup also serves soup. This is fresh soup made daily from a rotating menu of about 40 or 50 different possible soups. They usually start the day with about 8-10 soups available, but the number of choices goes down throughout the day as people eat the favorites. Since they're not just opening new cans of soup here, when a soup is gone for the day, it's gone. Be sad, move on, try something else. There is usually a range of vegetarian, vegan, and meaty soups available. None of them contain preservatives or "flavor enhancers" like MSG. (However, note that to the North American palate, German soups tend toward the salty side, so keep in mind that if a soup tastes a bit salty, it is probably not due to Hot Dog Soup's preparation. It is just, as best as I can figure, a German flavor preference.) Unlike the hot dogs, however, which are listed in a menu of standard choices, you just can't know in advance which soups are going to be ready and available for you to order. So be flexible!

For all of its great food choices, Hot Dog Soup does have some drawbacks as an eatery. First, it is tiny. I have come in right behind a group of 5 people before and been unable to turn around in the ordering area. There are 2 seats by the window, a 5-6 person table in the middle, and a small table that is useless since everyone leans on it while they're waiting to order. Second, exacerbating the crowdedness of the space, service is slow. This is not because of bad service, but because there is usually just one person working. Third, and for the same reason, Hot Dog Soup is not sparkling clean. The eating tables sometimes have the previous diner's detritus sitting around, and the floor could use some attention as well.

Despite those minor drawbacks, however, I recommend Hot Dog Soup. There are few snack places as interesting in their food choices. There are few places around Simon-Dach-Strasse that are interesting at all to people who aren't serial bar-crawlers. And there are few places that offer true vegetarian and vegan choices that are equal to, and in some cases better than, the meat options. So check out Hot Dog Soup. You won't regret it. But leave your claustrophobia outside. There's no room for it in the restaurant.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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