Downtown Dogs – Doggone good dogs in the City!

One of the first hot dogs that I ate in Chicago was at DownTown Dogs and I remember it well. It was freezing and just a couple of days after the snowpocalypse of 2011. I had found myself sheltering here after having bought myself a rent deposit cheque from the ‘cheques cashed’ shop on the…

Portillo’s – History, Tradition and …. Hot Dogs!

Portillo’s has been serving Hot Dogs and associated street foods to the good people of Chicago for over 50 years. Established by Dick Portillo in 1963, it now has around 42 other sites across the states. The first Portillo’s hot dog stand known as “The Dog House” opened in 1963 on North Avenue.  By 1966,…

The Dog Joint

I was attracted to the Dog Joint by both the name and signage, inside “Top Gun” was on the television, some classic scenes played out as I waited for my hot dog first; Maverick: She’s lost that loving feeling. Goose: She’s lost? No, she hasn’t. Maverick: Yes, she has. Goose: She has not lost that…