One thing some Danes associate with hotdogs is watching planes take off and land. That is certainly the case at popular Flyvergrillen, with its excellent view of Copenhagen Airport. If plane-watching is your thing, I recommend heading out here on clear evening to watch planes fly in front of the setting sun, a hotdog in one hand and a bottle of cocio (the brand of chocolate milk most commonly used to “wash down” a hotdog) in the other.
If you’re tired of hotdogs by now, Flyvergrillen also serves plenty other Danish comfort food classics, such as “boller i karry” (meatballs in curry), “biksemad” (traditionally made from leftovers, similar to the English “bubble and squeak”), burgers, fries, schnitzel, kebab, smørrebrød and pretty much anything else of this genre you can think of. For dessert you might want to try Danish “æbleskiver” (fluffy, pancake-like balls, served with jam and icing sugar during winter).
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“A sausage should be served served with feeling” is the motto of Bjarnes Pølser, and it sounds much better in Danish (“En pølse skal serveres med føl’se”). Aside from the excellent rhyme, this motto really nails what Danish sausage culture is all about. It’s the feeling you get whenever you pass a hotdog van and inhale that familiar smell from childhood (or just from several years of living in Copenhagen, if you’re like me and didn’t grow up here); it’s the feeling of comfort when you’re greeted by the always-friendly people working in the sausage van; and of course the feeling of satisfaction, sinking your teeth into the textures and flavours of a perfect hotdog.
Bjarnes has been around since 1984 and earned himself a reputation for being a hotdog van worth travelling for. I say this because it’s not exactly in Copenhagen, but in Ballerup, about 15 kilometres north west of the city centre. But if, for some reason, you find yourself out that way and lusting after sausage, Bjarnes is your go to!
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