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PHT at the Stanley Cup Final: Hotdogs

Jun 14, 2013, 3:46 PM EDT

On Friday, Brough and I set out to see Chicago. You know, one of those journeys to discover the heartbeat of the city, get to know the people, try to gauge the Stanley Cup excitement, etc. We had big plans.

Two blocks into our walk, we found a hotdog place.

So obviously we went into the hotdog place.

The place was Portillo’s, home of the world famous hotdog, which we sampled (twice!) with around 1,296 fl. oz. of soda.

Make no mistake, though — this wasn’t just about food (he wrote, trying to remove a stubborn mustard stain from his shorts).

‘Hawks fever was alive and well in Portillo’s, which houses a banner celebrating Chicago’s 1938 Stanley Cup win over Toronto.


Also spotted but not pictured: One ‘Hawks fans wearing a Patrick Kane shirt, another wearing a Duncan Keith jersey.

As you may have guessed, ‘Hawks fever is everywhere in this city. From the Clinton Global Initiative meeting (Hillary shouted ’em out yesterday) to this Channel 5 news profile on superfan Bob Gertenrich:

In short, Chicago’s a pretty good time right now.

It’ll probably get even better for Game 2 on Saturday. Weekend games are more fun because fans can spend hours pregaming without annoyances like “work” and “family” getting in the way. Brough and I will be up to our usual salad-dodging ways, so let us know if there’s some sort of food establishment we should visit that’ll result in us looking at our stomachs in the mirror and sobbing for 15 minutes.

  1. newspapercrane - Jun 14, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    If you head back to Portillos order an Italian Beef. You won’t regret it. Well, maybe your heart will.

    Make sure you get some Deep Dish while you’re here.

    Go Hawks!

    • newspapercrane - Jun 14, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      As far as deep dish, I’d suggest either Lou Malnati’s or Gino’s East.

      • cdoseck - Jun 14, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        Dear Mr. papercrane,

        While I support your culinary recommendations, I must respectfully disagree with your preferred establishments.

        Al’s Beef does the Italian Beef pretty well, though things can get a bit sloppy.
        And it’s probably a little out of the way, but Chicago’s Pizza does the best deep dish (assuming you’re not lactose intolerant).

        And definitely, Go Hawks.

      • blackhawksdynasty - Jun 14, 2013 at 4:33 PM

        Portillo’s: Italian beef, dipped w/ hot peppers
        Chicago style pizza: while Lou’s is great, Pizzeria Uno’s is top dog!

        Greatest city in the world!

        GO HAWKS!!!!!!

  2. ineedmorehossa - Jun 14, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    I need more Hot Dougs

  3. cdoseck - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Also, if you go out to enjoy the Chicago nightlife, be sure to ask around for some Malorts. It’s… an experience.

  4. gaberulz - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Grindhouse Cafe in Griffith, IN (about 30 minutes from downtown Chicago) has a drink called the Playoff Beard. It was started that last day of the regular season. A ton of regulars go in and get one every single game day. It’s awesome.

  5. govtminion - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    There are few things better for an empty stomach than a good Chicago dog. And, like so many great local staples, you just can’t find them done quite the right way outside Chicago. One of my favorite parts to heading out there every so often to visit friends.

  6. howintensive - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    As a Detroit fan, I have to appreciate the amazing food in Chicago. These dogs are incredible. Also I gotta give those fans in jerseys some respect- if my team was in the Final, I wouldn’t be wearing anything else!

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