Hot Dogs & Cocktails

I love my food, I could not agree less with Kate Moss when she said “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” I must simply assume that Miss Moss has never visited Primo’s Gourmet Hot Dogs. Set in the majestic Corn Exchange in Leeds, surrounded by an eclectic mix of indies including tattoo parlors, vintage accessories and art work.

Hot Dogs Leeds

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I am all about being a master of one trade not a jack of all, and boy is that what Nick and his team are. I have been going to Primo’s for the last 2 years and no matter how many times I go, I always leave having fallen a little more in love with the place, the quirky yet simple interior and the menu that makes choosing lunch a real joy.

When I spotted the New York vs Primo’s theme night as part of Leeds Loves Food I was straight on to get a ticket, however it became rapidly apparent that 80% of Leeds had the same idea and the event was sold out. Worry not though Nick informed me, he had planned a whole series of theme nights and next up was Primo’s vs Australia, so on Thursday 6th June Amy and I headed over to the Hot Dog haven in glorious sunshine ready to be wowed, as expected we were not disappointed.

Leeds hot dogs

I am a big fan of all the things on Primo’s menu, however I was excited to see the menu for Primo’s vs Australia night.

Starting with the chunkiest crab cakes, jam-packed with flavour and big bites of Coogee Bay crab meat, shredded potato and sided by the most epic mango salsa, a real taste sensation. The sharp sweetness of the salsa perfectly balanced the dense flavours of the meat, then of course there was the gorgeous beer, in the form of Coopers Sparkling Ale, boy oh boy is this a winner.

sparkling beer

Ding Ding Ding… time for course buy ambien online number two, the real star of the show.. Roo-Dogs, yes that’s right Kangaroo Hot Dogs. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the kangaroo meat but it was amazing, not dissimilar to venison, so tender and flavourful, made all the more gorgeous by the toasted seeded bun, caramalised onions and wholegrain mustard. Lord just writing about is making me salivate.

The sides, as always at Primo’s, were just as special as the main attraction. Sweet Potato fries, crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the side, lightly seasoned and delicious. I have to tell you I could write a whole post about the coleslaw, the perfect amount of light mayonnaise to simply dress the grated veg, a splash of salt and pepper and a touch of spice, I really hope this makes it onto the regular menu!

hot dog

sweet potato friesAnd of course, as there was another course, there was another beer, this time it was Victoria Bitter, flown all the way from Melbourne. So tasty, sharp and sweet as well as a sour undertone that reminded me of snaffling a sip of my dad’s pint.

Victoria Bitter
Last but by no means least was the Lamington, an almond sponge drenched in chocolate and dusted with flaked coconut, yeah I know that sounds like the perfect dessert, but wait, it was made a 1000 times more awesome by the Bundaberg whipped cream, potentially the most delicious thing I have ever put in my mouth.


Oh yeah and of course, there was the drink, the warm banana rum liquor that I am sure contributed to my excellent nights sleep!

Add to all of this gorgeous food, the wonderful service and cute waiters and you have yourself a really rather cracking night.

You will be thrilled to know that there are going to be a whole load more of these Primo’s vs events – you can find more info about them on Facebook & Twitter




  1. 10th June 2013 / 2:10 pm

    Thursday was my first time at Primo’s but it won’t be my last, if only to get more of that heavenly coleslaw. My friend and I couldn’t shut up about it afterwards.

    • Emma
      10th June 2013 / 2:14 pm

      Hey Liam!

      I think you might have been on the table next to us in fact!

      We were the loons taking lots of photos.

      The coleslaw was epic wasn’t it, hoping it becomes a regular fixture on the menu


  2. 10th June 2013 / 9:44 pm

    Oh my! This looks absolutely delicious after reading your post and then looking at the pics, you have no idea how how hungry I feel. Never expected a description of a hot dog to be so mouth watering! I’m off to see what’s in my fridge 😀

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