The unmistakable “Cebolludos” hot dogs of Envigado


Envigado is a city in mourning, saying a tearful goodbye to an iconic figure – Rubén Darío Medina. For almost 50 years, this humble vendor sold his trademark hot dogs filled with his signature mouth-watering blend of tomato and onion salad. His cart, painted in the city’s proud green and orange, was more than just a business – it was an embodiment of a gastronomic tradition.

Rubén was not merely a hot dog vendor. He was the torchbearer of a legacy initiated by his father, José Domingo Medina, in 1970. From selling hot dogs in the park to moving his operations to Calle 37, the Medina legacy survived and thrived through the years. Even after his father’s untimely demise in 1976, Rubén carried the torch high and bright, serving delicious hot dogs to the community.

But it wasn’t always smooth sailing for Rubén. He faced numerous challenges, the loss of his father, attempts to move him from his prime location, and the crushing impact of a global pandemic. But the resilience he showed was truly inspiring. In the face of adversity, he adapted, persevered, and found innovative ways to keep his business afloat, including offering delivery services.

Known for his kindness and the heavenly hot dogs he sold, Rubén earned his hot dogs the title of “Cebolludos”, making them an integral part of Envigado’s gastronomic culture. His life’s dedication to his trade was evident in the quality of his products, making his hot dogs a beloved staple in the local community.

Rubén’s passing on January 19th at the age of 71 was undoubtedly a great loss to Envigado. However, his memory lingers in every bite of the Cebolludos and the hearts of those who knew him. His legacy will live on through his hot dog cart, continuing to serve customers every day.

Rubén Darío Medina may not be physically present, but his spirit undeniably lives on. His name will forever be synonymous with perseverance, resilience, and of course, the best hot dogs in Envigado.