Firedog at Malone’s on the Mall
Six Nations weekends can be great fun in Edinburgh. They can be an overwhelming pain in the arse, too…but mainly they’re great fun.
It was interesting to see Malone’s, the Irish bar on Forrest Road, setting up a temporary second home atop the Waverley Mall to capture some of the city centre rugby watching crowd. When I noticed Pizza Geeks and Firedog added to the party I made a note to visit.
I’d seen the smart Firedog truck at some events in Glasgow, but hadn’t tried their hotdog and burger wares before so on the hungover lunchtime after Scotland’s glorious recent victory over Ireland I popped along for a visit.
I opted for a hotdog even though this was very near to site of last year’s worst hotdog experience at the Original German Sausage.
I opted for the El Patron (£6) on the recommendation of the friendly stallholder. This was a chilli cheese dog featuring homemade chilli, an imported smoked sausage, cheddar and jalapenos.
With a fork and many necessary napkins in hand, I found a nearby spot to sit down rather than eat on the go and completely ruin another shirt.
The item proved heartily good eating. The spice was tingly but not overwhelming which suited my guts well. The sausage was of surprisingly good quality. The bread was a little weak but was a good size for the amount of filling and maintained good structural integrity throughout.
So overall, I enjoyed my trip to Firedog. This little pop-up venture is trading across the full run of the Six Nations tournament, each day throughout the six weeks. It will be mobbed for matches but should also offer a good lunchtime option during the week. Make sure to visit.