Tom's Hot Dogs opened in Downtown Panama City in 1981. The hot dog joint was operated by owner Tom York of Birmingham, AL. Tom decided to open the restaurant after noticing that "there wasn't a good hot dog stand" in Panama City. They were let in on some secret recipes from a good friend of York. Pete, the owner of Pete's Famous in Birmingham, shared his Greek family recipes for the many chilis and sauces that we still serve at Tom's today.