For me, meatballs are the iconic IKEA food, but past experience tells me that a lot of Lifehacker readers believe that the el cheapo hot dog sold at the Bistro are a delight not to be missed. So when I planned my week-long IKEA eating experience, I made sure to include an evening visit to indulge in some non-Swedish dogging.
It's certainly hard to argue with the price for a casual snack: $2 scores you a hot dog plus as much soft drink as you can handle. And it seems a popular choice. Even at 8pm there were more people at the bistro than at the main checkout queue.
The hot dog itself? It tasted OK -- this is a hot dog, let's not pretend it's the ultimate gourmet experience. I was happy to eat something involving bread, since that's a staple of my regular diet and something I've missed badly in some previous eating challenges.
What I realised after a couple of bites is that I really like grated cheese on my hot dog, and that's not an option here. I still have cheese left over from my weekly shopping, but I didn't bring it with me and I don't want to venture inside and buy a cheese grater.
The drinks were less impressive. The Lingonberry was excessively sweet; the diet cola was entirely undrinkable.
One other note: commenters have been asking, with varying shades of delicacy, whether the all-IKEA diet has had a deleterious effect on my (ahem) bowel movements. Happily, I can confirm that there's been no obvious difference in that department.
Three days to go!