Stephenville was founded in 1854 and is known as the Cowboy Capital of the World and in the one-hundred Best Small Towns in America list as well as Dairy Capital of Texas. With that combination, there is sure to be some good eating in Stephenville.
The town was incorporated in 1889 with the advent of Ft. Worth, Texas and Rio Grande Railway. From there Stephenville exploded with growth and buildings along with John Tarleton Ag. College, now known as Tarleton State University. Stephenville boasts more cowboys per capita than any other city in the country.
We checked out the soft opening at the new Portillo’s in Allen, Texas. This marks their second location in Texas and the first one is in The Colony, Texas. Additional locations will be in Arlington, Texas soon and Ft. Worth, Texas later in the year.
Portillo’s is celebrating their 60th Anniversary when it started in 1963 by the name of man Dick Portillo and now his son Mike Portillo helps run the operation. In 1963, Dick Portillo invested $1,100 into a small trailer to open the first Portillo’s hot dog stand in Villa Park, IL, which he called “The Dog House.” Years later, Portillo’s has become a brand synonymous with Chicago.
In fact, they’re kind of a big dill– people and claim it’s not a real trip to Chicago unless you eat at Portillo’s. Fortunately, die-hard fans and first-timers alike have their choice of Portillo’s restaurants, as they’ve beefed up to more than 70 locations across several states.
For those of you with a hankering for BBQ we have a terrific spot in mind today. I am going to give you some insight into Hutchins BBQ, which you may or may not have thought about before.
Hutchins BBQ was started in 1978 and named for Roy Hutchins. Roy has three sons Trey, Tim, and Wes. They operate three locations, McKinney and Frisco. The sons run the day-to-day business. The locations have staff 24/7 that include the Pit Crews and or Wood Burners, who keep all the meats cooked to perfection. The Wood Burners use Post Oak and Pecan mixture.