When it comes to hot dogs, Portillo’s is King

February 11, 2016

It has come to our attention that after more than 60 years in the hamburger business, some friends of ours have decided to start selling hot dogs. In fact, they’ve enlisted a famous “dog” to help them spread the word. Well, we’d relish the opportunity to give them some advice:

  1. Don’t forget your veggies. Our classic Chicago-style hot dogs come with mustard, relish, celery salt, chopped onions, sliced tomatoes, pickle spear, and sport peppers. There’s a reason we say we drag the dog through the garden.
  2. Steam your buns. It took us years to master, but our steamed poppyseed buns are the foundation for a great dog.
  3. Leave the ketchup at home. ‘Nuff said.
  4. When it comes to hot dogs, Portillo’s is King. We’ve been making the perfect hot dog since 1963. Our Founder, Dick Portillo, originally invested $1,100 into a hot dog stand he called "The Dog House." The Dog House didn't even have running water, but Dick made it work. With hard work and a great tasting hot dog, Portillo's as it came to be known thrived. This year, we'll expand to Florida and Wisconsin our fifth and sixth states. And we don't plan on stopping any time soon.

Good luck, friends. Until we chat again, keep your buns out of trouble.


Your Friends at Portillo’s

Dick Portillo and the Dog House in 1963


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