The hot dog kings of Leeds City Centre

Situated inside the magnificent Grade 1 listed building that is Leeds’ Corn Exchange is the quaint restaurant that is Primo’s Gourmet Hot Dogs. Having shut down the gigantic restaurant Piazza by Anthony’s in 2013, situated on the basement floor, the complex was in need of some good food to draw the punters in. And Primo’s definitely understands the definition of ‘good food.’

Having recently undergone a stylish renovation, to make way for more seating, the franchise, which also has stores in the White Rose Shopping Centre and Xscape, Castleford, promises high quality hot dogs with an authentic taste of America.  Ordering is easy; you find a table (which was more than easy upon going, being the only people in the whole restaurant), decide what you want, and go to the till. Simple.

The menu offers up a vast variety of different hot dogs to choose from the Pittsburgh, which comes with a whole heap of pulled pork and jalapeño’s on top, to the vegetarian Garden State – a tofu dog with your choice of any three vegetables. However, despite the name, it doesn’t stop there, also serving sandwiches, salads and burgers.

Ten minutes later, and after an extraordinary amount of drooling from the amount of food I had fallen in love with, I settled on a classic meal deal. At £6.95, this includes a classic dog of your choice, chips and a drink from the fridge.

The Boston, the standard pork bock dog sausage laden with cheese, bacon and BBQ sauce melted in the mouth. It was heaven. A masterpiece. As a lover of cheese (by lover I mean I will go out of my way to include melted cheese in everything) I was happy to find out that they don’t skimp on it, covering the dog in a mountain of dairy goodness. The bacon was wonderful, and the whole dog a delight.

The chips were the perfect accompaniment to the meal – crisp on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside. I could have eaten them all day and, with the extremely generous portion given, it almost felt like I was.

Primo’s is a secret haven. Charming, stylish, modern and welcoming, it is a real treat to be able to sit and eat wonderful food whilst sitting and admiring the beautiful architecture of the exchange. A shout out must go to the staff also, who made you feel more than welcome. Simple things like making conversation that doesn’t just feel like the standard “it’s warm outside today!” forced discussion. It felt like they wanted to talk to you and this on its own made it feel like I’d want to come back again.000000000000000000

If you’re looking for something different to eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner (yes, they do breakfast), Primo’s is the place to go. The unknown about, charming little bistro is there to welcome, to please and to delight. It is a masterpiece of hot dogs that is surely not to be missed.

If you wish to check out the menu, drool over it and fall in love just as much as I did, go to


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Gaby Quine

Lover of food, cats and The Simpsons. Journalist at The University of Huddersfield

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