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  • Post #271 - April 4th, 2022, 2:50 pm
    Post #271 - April 4th, 2022, 2:50 pm Post #271 - April 4th, 2022, 2:50 pm
    I don't know the relish back story, but I'm just guessing, if they switched to the neon green relish in the Chicago area, it might have something to do with a deal with Vienna Beef. Not even all Chicagoans are thrilled with the neon green, and I wouldn't be surprised if it were a turnoff to people who live away from Chicago and aren't yet sold on drag-it-through-the-garden Chicago hot dogs. What I mean is, going to neon green relish seems to me to run counter to wider geographic expansion plans. Does anyone know if they're using it at the as-yet few Portillo's locations outside the Chicago area?
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  • Post #272 - April 6th, 2022, 1:43 pm
    Post #272 - April 6th, 2022, 1:43 pm Post #272 - April 6th, 2022, 1:43 pm
    My memory of eating in Milwaukee is neon green, but I'm not sure.
  • Post #273 - April 6th, 2022, 7:15 pm
    Post #273 - April 6th, 2022, 7:15 pm Post #273 - April 6th, 2022, 7:15 pm
    JoelF wrote:Remember they also make Nathan's.

    Just in the Chicago area? Nathan's website suggests that Nathan's is owned by Smithfield Foods.

    VB does make the Red Hot Chicago brand, I believe. And, sort of a Shake Shack connection, VB does have an LA office, along with the Chicago Pickle Company factory there. Which reminded me of the old Pace salsa ad with the cowboys saying "Made in New York??"
  • Post #274 - April 7th, 2022, 7:07 am
    Post #274 - April 7th, 2022, 7:07 am Post #274 - April 7th, 2022, 7:07 am
    tjr wrote:
    JoelF wrote:Remember they also make Nathan's.

    Just in the Chicago area? Nathan's website suggests that Nathan's is owned by Smithfield Foods.

    VB does make the Red Hot Chicago brand, I believe. And, sort of a Shake Shack connection, VB does have an LA office, along with the Chicago Pickle Company factory there. Which reminded me of the old Pace salsa ad with the cowboys saying "Made in New York??"

    Perhaps it changed. I'm reasonably certain they made Nathan's at one point.
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    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #275 - April 14th, 2022, 10:28 am
    Post #275 - April 14th, 2022, 10:28 am Post #275 - April 14th, 2022, 10:28 am
    JoelF wrote:
    tjr wrote:
    JoelF wrote:Remember they also make Nathan's.

    Just in the Chicago area? Nathan's website suggests that Nathan's is owned by Smithfield Foods.

    VB does make the Red Hot Chicago brand, I believe. And, sort of a Shake Shack connection, VB does have an LA office, along with the Chicago Pickle Company factory there. Which reminded me of the old Pace salsa ad with the cowboys saying "Made in New York??"

    Perhaps it changed. I'm reasonably certain they made Nathan's at one point.
    Vienna definitely owns Red Hot Chicago.
  • Post #276 - April 14th, 2022, 10:36 am
    Post #276 - April 14th, 2022, 10:36 am Post #276 - April 14th, 2022, 10:36 am
    tjr wrote:
    ronnie_suburban wrote: Vienna Beef makes a proprietary blend for Portillo's, so the dogs they serve are bit different than other Vienna natural casing dogs.

    I was wondering how "different" made them better. Sometimes different is just, well, different.
    I was told they used to have a Vienna proprietary blend, but that was years ago before Dick sold it and they switched back to a standard Vienna recipe (perhaps with a slight tweak as Gary said). They still use mostly beef tallow for the fries.
  • Post #277 - April 14th, 2022, 10:58 am
    Post #277 - April 14th, 2022, 10:58 am Post #277 - April 14th, 2022, 10:58 am
    Ram4 wrote:I was told they used to have a Vienna proprietary blend, but that was years ago before Dick sold it and they switched back to a standard Vienna recipe (perhaps with a slight tweak as Gary said). They still use mostly beef tallow for the fries.


    Back in the day everyone had their "own" dog. Superdawg hada proprietary dog manufactured by Oscherwitz, Best Kosher's parent, until they went udders-up.
  • Post #278 - May 16th, 2022, 3:16 pm
    Post #278 - May 16th, 2022, 3:16 pm Post #278 - May 16th, 2022, 3:16 pm
    Portillo’s Launches Its First-Ever Plant-Based Hot Dog
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/aliciakels ... d-hot-dog/
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  • Post #279 - May 16th, 2022, 6:28 pm
    Post #279 - May 16th, 2022, 6:28 pm Post #279 - May 16th, 2022, 6:28 pm
    Why ?
  • Post #280 - May 17th, 2022, 7:28 am
    Post #280 - May 17th, 2022, 7:28 am Post #280 - May 17th, 2022, 7:28 am
    Because vegetarians and vegans would also like to eat hot dogs?
  • Post #281 - May 17th, 2022, 10:47 am
    Post #281 - May 17th, 2022, 10:47 am Post #281 - May 17th, 2022, 10:47 am
    gnarchief wrote:Because vegetarians and vegans would also like to eat hot dogs?


    Thank you!!!
  • Post #282 - May 17th, 2022, 5:14 pm
    Post #282 - May 17th, 2022, 5:14 pm Post #282 - May 17th, 2022, 5:14 pm
    Image

    The Garden Dog.

    Did it taste just like a Portillo's hot dog? Just like? Of course not, but it was close...so close, that in a side-by-side tasting, when Carolyn took her first bite, not knowing if it was the Garden Dog or not, she thought it was just a regular Portillo's hot dog.

    With enough of the highly recognizable, iconic condiments on the Garden Dog, it's going to taste close to the dragged-through-the-garden Chicago dog. I will say this, though: it had no snap, and the "meat" was looser (more mushy, if you will) and somewhat flatter tasting that that of an actual meat hot dog. Honestly, that was no surprise.
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  • Post #283 - May 18th, 2022, 8:59 pm
    Post #283 - May 18th, 2022, 8:59 pm Post #283 - May 18th, 2022, 8:59 pm
    From Forbes:
    The Non-GMO Project Verified recipe includes pea protein, sea salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black better, nutmeg and paprika. The Garden Dog is smoked for added flavor.


    I think the real Vienna Beefs include garlic juice, not powder, so that could account for a flatter taste. Or it could be that "black better."
  • Post #284 - May 20th, 2022, 3:58 pm
    Post #284 - May 20th, 2022, 3:58 pm Post #284 - May 20th, 2022, 3:58 pm
    Met some folks at the Deerfield outpost today. The Jumbo Dog was unpleasantly mushy, lacking any snap, although I appreciated the neon green relish and generous application of sport peppers. Onion rings were supplemented with a plastic tub of giardinera sauce ($0.90? that seems a little steep). It's tasty, but not hot enough. Coca-Cola was delightfully syruppy.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #285 - May 21st, 2022, 6:09 pm
    Post #285 - May 21st, 2022, 6:09 pm Post #285 - May 21st, 2022, 6:09 pm
    Hammond is right -- "dragged thru the garden" can pass. It wasn't as juicy as a beef dog, but can scratch the itch if you're not too fussy. The big difference for me was that after consuming the garden dog it felt "one and done," whereas after a beef dog I want more.
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  • Post #286 - May 22nd, 2022, 7:36 am
    Post #286 - May 22nd, 2022, 7:36 am Post #286 - May 22nd, 2022, 7:36 am
    Good for some I guess, but I am none and done.
  • Post #287 - May 24th, 2022, 7:08 am
    Post #287 - May 24th, 2022, 7:08 am Post #287 - May 24th, 2022, 7:08 am
    The family vegetarians both enjoyed it and I found it to be "good." So while it's not for everyone there's plainly an appreciative market out there.
  • Post #288 - May 24th, 2022, 12:20 pm
    Post #288 - May 24th, 2022, 12:20 pm Post #288 - May 24th, 2022, 12:20 pm
    Interestingly (or maybe not), most vegetarians I know have zero interest in meat replacement products. That kind of makes sense to me. If you're not into meat in the first place, these products probably hold little allure. Guessing that they're geared more toward folks who have (recently) given up meat and miss it? Or those who dabble in meatless periods.

    Me? I'd try it and have tried other, similar products. The barrier to entry is low, so why not? That said, I'm more likely to avoid Portillo's than a plant-based meat substitute. :wink:

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  • Post #289 - May 24th, 2022, 12:30 pm
    Post #289 - May 24th, 2022, 12:30 pm Post #289 - May 24th, 2022, 12:30 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote: Guessing that they're geared more toward folks who have (recently) given up meat and miss it? Or those who dabble in meatless periods.
    =R=


    Once-carnivorous-now-vegetarian diners probably make up a sizeable portion of the projected demographic for the Garden Dog. I know life-long vegetarians who are grossed out by the texture of meat, so they likely would not be potential customers, but those who are sacrificing something they like (e.g., meat) for a higher cause (health, religion, ethics, whatever) might take some solace in this meatless wiener.
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  • Post #290 - May 24th, 2022, 12:34 pm
    Post #290 - May 24th, 2022, 12:34 pm Post #290 - May 24th, 2022, 12:34 pm
    David Hammond wrote:I know life-long vegetarians who are grossed out by the texture of meat . . .

    Yes. I hear this regularly from my vegetarian friends.

    David Hammond wrote:. . . but those who are sacrificing something they like (e.g., meat) for a higher cause (health, religion, ethics, whatever) might take some solace in this meatless wiener.

    Yep. Makes perfect sense. I remember trying the meatless sausage at The Moonlighter and thought it was pretty darned good. Can't remember if it was Impossible or Beyond.

    =R=
    Same planet, different world

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