November 2, 2022

Al’s Drive-In Inducted into the Hot Dog Hall of Fame

It’s obvious that having been serving the community for 45 years, Al’s Drive-In has become an iconic ambassador with their international blend of foodservice favorites. Art and Sue Ratanavanich have been leading the charge for nearly a half-century; they even won an outstanding chef’s award. They have been featured on TV’s Chicago’s Best (link below) along the way and most recently are prominently given top billing in a New York Times article about the Chicago Hot Dogs and the great Hot Dog Stands.

Vienna Beef Hot Dogs and Polish Sausages have been their menu leaders. Al’s also features a variety of Chinese, Mexican, and American food favorites. What a variety! Decide between fried rice, egg rolls, nachos, and more. Al’s tagline is “come as you are or eat in the car.”  Art and Sue have also complimented their menu by giving back to the community in scholarships along with local support to Proviso East High School, the Maywood Police Department, and village community events. They also rely heavily on their staff including Fernando, Aor, and Ongsri.

It is this broad attention to all facets of a successful restaurant committed to its community that inspires Vienna Beef to choose to induct Al’s Drive-In into the Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame, which was created to honor longtime local foodservice operators that have developed into neighborhood landmarks. Out of thousands of Vienna Beef customers over the years, we have recognized just 142 businesses nationwide since the award was inaugurated in 2006. We are extremely proud to welcome Al’s Drive-In as the 143rd recipient. Congratulations to Art, Sue and their entire staff.

Featured in CBS Chicago

Featured in Chicago’s Best (2017)