This is gonna get messy. That was our first thought when our big fat hot dogs arrived generously covered in toppings. Each came served on a brioche bun and on the side we'd gone for a serving of seaside chips, with a beer and cocktail to wash it all down.
Lured by the offer of half-price hot dogs and a new food venue to check out, the Welsh One and I decided to head to Patterns (previously Audio) to find out more.
Inside sausage dogs and their owners were collecting for a few pooch-related activities; in front of us was table football and to the left of the main door was a photo booth. A lady in red sparkles was on the mic giving us a breakdown of events - a doggy pageant, then a hot dog eating comp and dog aerobics later on. It was lunchtime and we were hungry. After ordering at the bar we chose some window seats with a view of the pier and sea. In front of us was canine chaos. Barking was setting other barks off and the place was buzzing.
I had chosen an Acid Haus Dog, described as a homage to the retired acid house generation it consisted of BBQ bourbon pulled pork and deep fried potato smiley toppings. My Welsh One went for a Happy Days Hot Dog. This came loaded with caramelised crispy onions, ketchup and French mustard.
On the side we shared a basket of seaweed salted chips, which had been sprinkled with seaweed flakes from the Cornish Seaweed Company and tangy malt vinegar. One side turned out to be enough for the two of us. The chips tasted really good and I took note of an offer they had on the menu - chips come free if you order drinks on weekdays after work, before 7pm.
The total cost of our meal with our half price hot dogs came to £20 (£26 without the discount). It's a really fun concept and the verandah will be a great place to sit when the sun is out. And yes it did get really messy. Oi Oi! (shouted the ex-Raver) More napkins please!
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