The Dogfather


Edit: The Dogfather packed up and went back to Australia.

I’ve got a new Saturday lunchtime habit and it’s called The Dogfather. Nothing sorts a hangover quite like a ‘Mexican Elvis’, which is a chilli dog of extreme tastiness.

The man dishing up the dogs is Cooper who, like all maverick street food traders, wouldn’t tell me where he buys his ingredients, revealing only that the dogs are made by “a Jewish guy.” What I do know however is that they’re 100% beef, kosher, halal and contain no mechanically reclaimed meat, sulphates and something else I can’t remember the name of; whatever nastiness it is though you can rest assured it isn’t in there.

The taste of that juicy dog is to die for and I wonder if he uses the same supplier as Yianni from The Meatwagon. Yianni and Cooper’s chilli dogs are totally different in the dressing though. Yianni uses much more chilli and cheese while Cooper keeps it a bit lighter. I love them both.

The dog is packing: fried onions, 100% beef sausage, a glorious chilli with meltingly tender beans and shreds of meat, cheese sauce, tangy jalapenos and a cheese slice. The bun, as ever, is key and it’s perfect; soft but with enough stamina to finish the race. Hot sauce, French’s and extra fat jalapeno slices are optional.

It’s all about the show with street food and as I watch Cooper (dressed like Elvis) flip, squeeze and fry we chat about the dogs and how he got started; he tells me he used to work in a diner and just got the bug for the style of food. It’s as good a reason as any.

There are 4 dogs on the menu at The Dogfather: The Mexican Elvis (chilli dog, my favourite); The Snoop Dog (pictured above, beef dog, bacon, BBQ sauce and creamed corn mayo); The Slum Dog (a curry based dog with saag aloo and onion bhaji flakes) and a 4th dog I can’t remember. It’s okay though as Cooper’s just signed up to Twitter, so I’ll find out soon enough. Let’s face it, I’ll be back there on Saturday anyway, inhaling my weekly treat.

The Dogfather
North Cross Road Market
East Dulwich
SE22 9EV

North Cross Road Market is now open Monday-Saturday.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

23 thoughts on “The Dogfather

  1. Hi Nickie – He’s only there on Saturday but you’ll be able to get his dogs somewhere else locally very soon I’ve heard. Sorry to be cryptic, details soon!

  2. Can’t wait to go try these! Are they there every day the market is open?

    For those of you looking for kosher hot dogs, find a friend with a Costco card and go immediately. They sell them in the food court for around £1 but you can buy a pack for home in the chiller section, too. You’ll find these are pretty much the same (if not actually the same!) as The Meatwagon’s dogs – but be careful as the first time I cooked them they all exploded 😉

  3. To those wondering about pork and beef hot dogs: both are quite common here in the US. The prevalence of one over the other tends to vary regionally. Hell, in NY and Chicago, more often than not your hot dog will be all-beef, and in DC there are “half-smokes”, which are 50/50 beef and pork.

    Half-smokes are the best tasting tubular meat-product you shall ever put in your mouth should you try one, by the way (but being a DC native, I guess I am a bit biased in that regard).

  4. Went there on Saturday and had the plain sauerkraut, pickle and mustard hot dog (not that there’s anything actually plain about that) for £3.70. Really good frankfurter and bun that didn’t collapse or let the hot dog slide everywhere. Total pleasure to eat.

  5. they are £4 for the combos like the mexican elvis etc, and the other one that couldn’t be remembered is self titled “the Dogfather” my one of the moment- chorizo slices, grilled onions, melted mozzarella, and a roasted red pepper sauce … hmmm

  6. It’s strange how there are no Hebrew National or other kosher beef hotdogs in supermarkets here (none that I’ve visited, anyway). I end up picking them up in the US, freezing them, wrapping them, and sneaking them back to London in my checked luggage. I’d *love* to know where this guy buys his . . . .

  7. oh good god. I just had to come back for a second look! I’ve even written the words “Dulwich hot dog” in my diary for next Saturday. This is just ridiculous.

  8. My mouth is watering looking at these photos, I know where I am going for lunch next Saturday now! I was only thinking the other day it’s a shame the Meateasy is only open in the evenings, so it’s great there is somewhere I can get a tasty dog in the day.

  9. Street Foodie – You must you must!

    Jonathan – I am liking the idea of ‘The Bull Dog’ very much.

    Bill – Ha ha ha ha ha.

    Ellie – Another fan! I reckon we’ll be queuing around the block soon – so good.

    Miss Whiplash – Yes! They are usually aren’t they. You’d be surprised at how good these are though and they still taste like hot dogs, weirdly. Only better.

  10. Good to see that someone else can see how amazing these dog`s are! As a regular to North CrossRoad Market I always head straight to Cooper`s. No flimsy, soggy Hot Dog imitations here. Good for an early start, Brunch or even late afternoon when you are flagging and in need of something Hearty. Snoop Dog is my favourite at the moment but they are all full of amazing flavour`s. British Bulldog sounds like a great idea too!

  11. Sweet jesus. I need one of those in my face now.

    Although looking at the picture, the repetition the word ‘Battersea’ so close to the hot dogs is a little offputting.

  12. Awesome. I’ve just fallen in love with the Dogfather. Love the sound of both the Mexican Elvis and the Snoop Dog. But the Slum Dog is such a great name. Maybe he could do a British Bull Dog – with sort of very British set of condiments…


  • 17 November 2015

    Making Hortopita with Fresh Filo in Rovies, Greece

  • 18 October 2015

    The Wye Valley: Mucking About In Hedgerows

  • 15 September 2015

    On Fear, Flying and Inflight Food

  • 02 September 2015

    The Super Maltini

  • 12 August 2015

    Panzanella Meets Caesar

  • 03 August 2015

    Iced Tea-Brined Fried Chicken with Jalapeño Slaw

  • View All