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PORTILLO'S HOT DOGS - 34 Reviews - 100 W ONTARIO ST, Chicago, IL - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (312) 587-8910


Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 587-8910
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The best hot dogs and hamburgers in Chicago. Try the chocolate cake shake! Its AMAZING!!!



great 2/16/2010

The best hot dogs and hamburgers in Chicago. Try the chocolate cake shake! Its AMAZING!!! more

oh American food... 1/5/2010

Typical American hotdog joint with cool old American artifacts trying to bring back the old retro 50's-60's classical vibe. Very large menu also better service then usual fast food joints.Now for the main dish, the chili dog! The presentation was what I expected, a bun with a wiener slapped in the middle and same old chili poured on top. The taste, ALSO what I expected not very unique and quite bland. Would not order again. Now for the last meal. At first when my so called "dessert” came to my table it reminded me of some unearthly beings from the darkest realms of Hades' underworld. When I finally convinced my frightened mouth to take a little nibble the dark clouds parted and out came a goddess of the creamy moist goodness and expelled all me previous thoughts. The cake was an absolute explosion of wonderful mousse, chocolate and crunchy waffle which I would recommend to any one with a sweet tooth. Well this 2faced cake showed not to judge something by its cover.? more

I Love PORTILLOS 1/4/2010

I like everything in portillos fast service, clean kitchen, very good food, they have the best italian beef i dont mind if i go there every day it is a way better than regular fast food restaurant more

Eat your meal there, or suffer 5/22/2007

The beefs, hot dogs and burgers are the best. The salads are also good while dining in. I did get chopped salads for a party from there catering menu and found them to be dry. Very disappointing and expensive. Also if you don't eat the burgers there, they get too steamy in the cartons. more

Chopped Salad the bomb! 4/25/2007

Hands down the Chopped Sals is one of my favorites in Chicago! I am not much of a meat eater, so I cannot comment on their beef or hot dogs, but I get that salad whenever I can!! more

Did not like it 9/8/2006

It cost to much for a family to go more

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Beefalicious 6/7/2006

This place is a meat lovers Disneyland. Hot dogs, huge --I mean huge-- beef sandwiches, hamburgers, you name it. It's so so good. You have to try it. The convenient thing is that there is a drive thru so you don't need to exert any energy or burn any calories walking into the restaurant to get your beef on. more

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It's All About the Beef Sandwiches 6/4/2006

If you look at the reviews of Portillo's, everyone from Chicago is always talking about the hotdogs, but for my friends and me, it is the beef sandwiches. This place is a little awkwardly located when strolling...not really close enough to the Loop, not really in River North, but that's ok. If it were any easier, you'd never be able to get in the door. It's that popular. This is fast food at its finest. The decor is much like you'll find at any family restaurant, and they have a huge Italian menu that will be wasted on me. When I get in the mood for one of those Italian beef sandwiches that taste like the meat has been au jus-ing all day, this is the place to go. You won't want to share that tasty sandwich, but they are huge, and if you plan to eat anything else, take my advice. Oh, and the hotdogs are pretty good, I guess. more

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Good Fish Sandwich 6/2/2006

This is a nice fast food restaurant. I love the sandwiches. The fish sandich here is real good. It is really big and filling. The fries that come with it are pretty good too. My total came around to 8 bucks for a whole meal. It is a bit more expensive than other fast food restaurants. But the place is just so much nicer. And Portillos also has a lot of differnt types of meals and foods. I think the Pasta here is okay. I had their mostacholli once and did not it very much. more

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Chicago's Staple 5/28/2006

Portillo's is a staple in Chicago. Just go over and see the crowds that form in the restaurant during meal time and the long lines at the drive thru. This is the ultimate fast food place. The food is excellent and so good that you will crave more and more. Their menu is really extensive and ranges from great burgers to these fresh home made pastas. You will love the food here and the casual atmosphere. This place is one place that truely defines Chicago. more

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Sandwiches 5/18/2006

Awesome place to go for lunch. They have such a variety that you can seriously eat her everyday and not get sick of it. I mainly love the sandwiches. They are really good. The fries are okay. I like the place as well. It gets kind of crowded and noisy around lunch and dinner time..but its a fun place to go to. I would recommend going here for lunch. more

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And the Salads... 5/16/2006

Yes, I know. Portillos equals hot dogs. But the chicken chopped salad is amazing! Portillos has fast and efficient service, and the restaurant, while loud, is clean and has a lot of seating. At some locations (perhaps all?) the 2 line service for hot dogs vs. the salads/pasta is so discouraging. I often enjoy a hot dog with the works and a side salad, but I don't like waiting in 2 lines and paying twice. more

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Great Menu 5/14/2006

I don't think I have ever met a person who didn't like this nice little fast food place. I think its mainly because of the really good variety of great foods here. You really can't beat their menu of burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, salads, pastas, and the list goes on and on. You know what the really amazing thing is? Everything on the menu is really GOOD. You get huge portions and everything tastes great and you get it quick and for a good price too! more

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It's like a dining utopia! 5/14/2006

What a feast for the eyes AND tummy. I LOVE this place. When you first walk in, you can just feel the vibe of cool retro in the air. They are always blasting some great tunes from the stereo, you see all the fun decorations lining the walls, and you smell that aroma tempting you to buy everything! It's kind of like a several restaurants happily living in one large space. Feel like pizza or pasta? Maybe ribs are calling your name? How about a big, juicy burger? They have it all and then some. Great salads and a killer chocolate cake. Reasonable prices and a pleasant, upbeat staff. more

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Portillos 5/3/2006

Here's another Chicago classic restaurant. This is where you come to get the best Chicago-style hot-dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, burgers, chicken sandwiches, and SO much more it's hard to decide! It's always crowded but there is still plenty of room, and even if you have to wait, it's usually not very long. Give it a try next time you are in town! more

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Hot dogs? Burgers? Where's the beef 4/25/2006

There are 4 places in Chicago where you can get authentic Italian beef. J&C's downtown, Buono Beef in Forest Park and Oak Park, Johnny's in Elmwood Park, Al's on Taylor St. and....Portillo's. If the only stuff you reviewers have ever eaten at Portillo's is burgers and hot dogs you are truly missing what this place is famous for - it's the beef. It's juicy, it's filling, it's huge and It's Italian!!!! If the only beef you ever had is at storefront fast food places, I can understand your reluctance to try it. But if you go there often, TRY THE BEEF!!!! more

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hot Dogs! 4/23/2006

Portillos is the place to go if you want a good hot dog in Chicago. Their chili dog and cheese fries are the best that I have ever had in my life. They also have tons of other things to try here. I think everything, besides the lasgna, that I have had here has been really, really tasty. They have some great hamburgers and onion rings as well. This place is always busy but the service is fast so you are never waiting long. you will also leave pretty full and happy. more

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Get Your Hotdog HERE! 4/15/2006

This Portillo's is located downtown Chicago, and has an alley wide drive through that they squeeze 2 rows of cars down. Its amazing. They serve true Chicago hotdogs loaded up with everything. Of course you can walk in and sit down too. Located across from the gargantuan McDonald's. Don't forget the chocolate shake! more

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Crazy delicious 4/13/2006

Is there really anything bad that anyone can say about Portillo's? I know the hot dogs are legendary, but I always have been a fan of the burgers myself. The fries are fantastic as well. Even though it is always crowded, they somehow manage to get through the lines extremely fast. Very much recommended! more

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We love Portillos!!! 4/11/2006

My husband and I just LOVE Portillos. I am the one who introduced him to the place back in 1997, when he came to visit me in Chicago. I used to go there for lunch at least once per week and was bragging about how good their burgers and fries were. One night on the way back from the movies, he decided to give it a try. He could not believe how good the food was. It is a bit more expensive than the average fast food joint, but it its well worth the price. The hamburgers are made to order and come with whatever toppings you want. The french fries are crinkle cut and taste really good! We moved away from Chicago in 2000, but go back at least once a year and Portillos is the very first place that we go after we leave the airport. I have told several people from Ohio about Portillos and now have 3 of them HOOKED!!! I wish that they would build one in Ohio... I would go all of the time!!! more
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