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Friday, January 30, 2015

PORTILLO'S

PORTILLO'S
CHICAGO, IL

PORTILLO'S
100 W. ONTARIO
CHICAGO, IL  60654
312-587-8910
HOURS:  Daily 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Portillo's is one of my all-time favorite restaurants and a MUST visit when in Chicago.  There are two things that I love and crave at Portillo's.  The Italian Beef Sandwich and Hot Dog.  My buddy can put down the Italian Beef and a Hot Dog in one sitting.  It took me two visits to enjoy these two Chicago favorites.  The first day I enjoyed the Italian Beef Sandwich ($5.45) I added Home Cooked Sweet Peppers and Hot Peppers for .50 each.  This is an incredible Beef Sandwich with tons of flavor.  The flavor of the beef shines but the bread, Au Jus and Peppers really set this sandwich apart from any competitor.  The French Bread is perfect and there is just enough Au Jus to add flavor but not soak the bread to where it becomes mush.  Each bite is heaven.  In fact when you eat this Italian Beef you go into a zone where you cannot hear anything around you.  Time seems to stand still and you are one with the Italian Beef.  The table goes silent except for a few grunts and groans of happiness.  I stare at the beef, take a bite and savor the flavor.  I am getting full but want more.  It is so good that I already am thinking when I can eat another.  Full and satisfied I come up for air and find Portillo's jam packed with patrons that I thought had vanished.   On my second visit to Portillo's I went for the Hot Dog ($2.75).  Ordered it with everything which included Mustard, Relish, Onions, Sliced Tomatoes, Kosher Pickle, Sport Peppers on a Poppy Seed Bun.  If this is not one of the best Hot Dogs in Chicago, I don't know any that are better.  The Bun, the Dog and the toppings are all fresh and full of flavor.  I love that you can taste each component individually but they all come together so well when you take a big bite of everything.  This is the kind of Dog that I could eat every single day.  A perfect symphony of fresh flavors.  I love Portillo's and highly recommend you visit one of their locations when on the Mainland.   One just opened in Buena Park, California so the next time we go to Disneyland Portillo's will be a definite stop.  Portillo's made a winter business trip to 30 degree weather worth it for me.
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PORTILLO'S IN CHICAGO IS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE PLACES TO EAT
PORTILLO'S CHICAGO
LIKE A SMALL FOOD COURT WHERE YOU CAN ENJOY ITALIAN BEEF SANDWICHES, HOT DOGS, PIZZA, ITALIAN FOOD, SALADS, BBQ RIBS AND MUCH MORE
THESE PORTILLO BAGS ARE FILLED WITH HAPPINESS
PORTILLO'S ITALIAN BEEF SANDWICH WITH SWEET AND HOT PEPPERS
BEEF AND PEPPERS ON FRENCH BREAD - NOT BETTER ITALIAN BEEF ON THE PLANET
PORTILLO'S HOT DOG

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