BOTI Eats | Filthy Dog

If you’re a hotdog fan who likes the idea of getting your chops around something fabulously filthy, then read on. Filthy Dog is the deliciously dirty concept eatery behind Michelin-acclaimed, fine-dining chef Isaac Bartlett-Copeland, of excellent wood-fired restaurant Embers and his previously much loved (and missed) Isaac At restaurant. And we’re happy to say Filthy Dog doesn’t disappoint.

Taking up the kitchen residency at the punky East Street Tap, the menu is brimming with hotdog-shaped naughtiness. But these aren’t just regular hotdogs. These are lovingly produced, ground and smoked sausages with high-quality meat sourced from West Sussex-based Calcot Farm. Think flavour-packed dogs, but with zero pretension.

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But hold tight, meat-free lovers! This place isn’t just for the carnivores. The menu offers vegans and meat-eaters alike a banging selection of nine-inch dogs (the vegan ones are mushroom and tofu from Brook Farm), smothered in a variety of decadent sauces and cheeky toppings, each nestled like a baby in the softest of brioche buns (from Newhaven’s Falcone Bakery). 

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We went for the Embers special guest dog (inspired, of course, by Embers in the Lanes), featuring Embers’ secret recipe vadouvan mayo, classic sauerkraut, French coriander and crispy onions. And to balance out the universe, we also had the vegan cheese dog, which is heaped with the signature Filthy Dog vegan cheese (10/10 to this), malted yeast flakes and crispy onions. We loved them both.

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Alongside the hotdogs are a bunch of super sides, from fully loaded fries to crunchy slaws and a secret-recipe cheddar and jalapeño cornbread, which, quite frankly, was divine. There’s also a mega line-up of sauces to dip into, ranging from a velvety black truffle vegan mayo (chef’s kiss) to a smoked jalapeño honey. 

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Want more? There’s more. We finished things off with a warm, vegan American-style choc chip cookie. It was dense and delicious and gooey, and basically we’re still thinking about it. 

Everything about Filthy Dog screams quality. The food, the service, all of it has a level of expertise and dedication that can only come from a chef of Isaac’s calibre. So, lucky us, lucky Brighton, lucky tastebuds. And, happily, eating here isn’t going to break the bank, either – the dogs are priced at between £6.90 and £9.90, and even adding on a couple of hearty well-priced sides, you could easily have a whopping great meal for the right side of £15. And there’s a tasty sideline of cool merch too (see the tee and cap modelled by Isaac himself above).

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Needless to say, we’ll be back for more of those nine-inch bangers (like the brilliantly named, and just a bit naughty, Hugh Grant – pickled apple, creamy Stilton, Ritz crackers, crispy sage) and chocolatey cookies for more lip-smacking goodness that definitely needs a napkin or three. 

So, are you ready to get filthy?

Filthy Dog at the East Street Tap
Wednesday – Friday, 5pm – 9pm; Saturday and Sunday, midday – 9pm
74 East Street, Brighton,BN1 1NF
Also available on Deliveroo and Uber Eats