A good touristy place. We got: Italian beef sandwich. Oddly, we were underwhelmed. A LOT OF beef but the sandwich was eh without the hot peppers. It was very… boring. Surprisingly, the peppers is what made the sandwich come together. Strawberry milkshake was amazing. Great texture, chopped strawberries. Delicious. Very dirty though, the cleaning staff ignored my request to wipe down a table. She legit just listened to my request and walked away. Overall, okay food and disgusting place to eat. 5 Gryffindor points out of 10.
Ok i wanted to like this place the moment I walked in. It looked like I was in Vegas again… inside one if the hotels… maybe the New York ,New York hotel? It was nice to just take in! Lots if seating, you get in line and order … and there’s a large menu… and the call your number and u get your food. Simple. However… the wait for the food is INCREDIBLY LONG… for the amount of people they have working there… ranging from high school to college looking kids. From the order taker to the people handling and handing you your food… all teens or very young adults. With the place being famous for their Chicago Dog and beef sandwich… thought those would be easy to make and get! NOPE.. s l o w. And it was Monday night. So anyway… what we ate: Chicago Dog (with all the fixings cuz we wanted to be authentic)– it was fine… nothing wrong with it. we wanted to say we tried it and of course hubby didn’t think it was the best cuz we are not Chicago natives and ketchup is illegal on a hit dog there but of course that’s what he was use to. He had to take the pickle wedge off and eat separately. How do their relish become so bright like that?!?? The bun was good, I don’t eat hotdogs be choice but of course I was forced to try this cuz “when in Rome”, right? I liked that bun! Beef Sandwich (regular/ wet) it was fine. Yes the meat was kind of dry but I read a review saying the cheese sauce helped so we liked it better with it. Cane with peppers and onions for the price unlike at Al’s Beef. Fries– pretty good, crispy. Great with the cheese dip Onion ring– nothing bad about these– crispy and hot. Cheese sauce dip ($1)– i advise you to get to dip you stuff in! Plus it’s a pretty decent size for a dollar. ***BEST THING– the chocolate cake! Tasted homemade , moist and you get a Big slice For bring around $4! (Sorry, I forgot a pic of this but hubby and I nibbled on this one slice for two nights! I actually wanted to go back to get MORE cake while we were in Chicago for this trip. We went here on our first night and since it was just just down from the hotel we were at… that chocolate cake was on my mind for midnight snacks! It was open late too! I also sadly never tried the pasta. I was curious and craving the spaghetti… wanted to give it a try and we just never gad a chance to go back.
Drinks: the chocolate shake was good, not overly sweet. Perfect consistency too. The sizes are big, so a small here looks like a medium soda at a McDonalds. Food: the biggest difference between the polish dog and beef dog is that the polish dog is thicker and more seasoned and just juicier in general. There are different toppings on both of those hot dogs, so look out! Either way they’re pretty customizable. The fries (small size in picture) were crinkle cut and cooked to perfection. The onion rings (one size only, as pictured) were good too. They’re more on the crispy side for sure. Atmosphere: it’s loud and busy! If you come during peak hours be prepared to wait in a long line to order and then another long line for your food. They have seating on 2 floors and outside patio at this location. Lots of tables available. Would I come back? Yes
Was a little intimidated by the long drive through lines at such a late hour but going inside it was pretty quick service. The Chicago dog was decent, love the bright green relish and soft poppyseed bun. The hot dog had a nice snap to it as well. Very busy, somewhat loud atmosphere, plenty of seating too.
Oh yes! I’ve had Portillo’s in Orange County, CA before but we just had to visit the legendary Chicago outpost while in town. It’s huge and impossible to miss from the street. On a weekday afternoon, it wasn’t crowded, and we ordered from the app anyways. We took seating in the dining room on the far right corner of the restaurant. It wasn’t too crowded and was decorated with historic pictures. The beef sandwich was insane. Thin sliced flavorful goodness in a delectably chewy bun topped with a bell pepper. Our host ordered a slice of chocolate cake as well whose secret ingredient is…mayo! Thats’s where the decadent flavors and moistness stems. Yum. Definitely worth a stop whether you’ve had it before or not when you’re in town.
i don’t even like hotdogs but i needed to try their famous Chicago Hotdogs on my trip! I was surprised at how much i liked the chicago dog with a huge pickle, tomatoes, relish, mustard onions, and peppers. the bread was super soft and the pickle wasn’t too sweet or sour. i did however like the polish more, since it was much juicier with choke grilled onions. Good prices for the amount of food.
Upon walking into this restaurant, I was fascinated by the decor. This was a large two story restaurant and had the most unique artwork and decorations I’ve ever seen. Not only was there a huge line with people trying to order, at least there was plenty of seats all over to compensate. I was even surprised to see that there was a drive thru as well. I had the beef hot dog placed in a poppyseed bun, with slice tomatoes, a large piece of pickle, mustard, onion, relish and hot peppers. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this hotdog. I am the type of person that loves ketchup but I know it’s a sin to put ketchup on a Chicago hotdog. To my surprise though, the flavors from all the components of this hotdog just hit the spot. No ketchup was needed because of how extensive the flavors were to my taste buds. Honestly, I believe the only other thing that could have made this hotdog any better was if the bun was slightly toasted. I felt the bun just mushed it together. Although it wasn’t the worst thing ever since not like you would wait to finish eating a hot dog anyways. Overall, I throughly enjoyed the hot dog from this establishment, the quirkiness of the decor, and the atmosphere. Definitely come check them out if you’re a fan of hotdogs!
Such cool decorations inside this place! My husband was very excited to try this place while in Chicago but he was pretty disappointed with the Big Beef Sandwich. We share all food and yeah, the Big Beef Sandwich just didn’t have much flavor. We waited in line and started at the door. It moved fast and we waited about 15 mins to order. It was cool to see how the salads are mixed, looked good but we didn’t try one lol I ordered the char-grilled maxwell street polish and this was delicious Fries are crispy and worthy of trying! If you love milkshakes, a must try is the chocolate cake shake! There’s a different line for beer! 4/5 stars because the restroom and restaurant is nice and clean as they had 2 girls cleaning tables after each use! We’ll also be back to try the other hot dogs and the seasonal salt caramel milkshake
Our first time in Chicago had to include a stop At Portillo’s! The line was long but it moves at a decent pace. We got a hot dog, Italian beef sandwich, fries, and the chocolate cake. We really liked the hot dog, I wish I got another one. It was a nice balance with the pickle and vegetables and I didn’t miss the ketchup at all. The Italian beef sandwich was also great. I asked for gravy on the side to dip, even though my sandwich was dipped already, The fries were nothing special, they kind of tasted like McDonald’s fries (which is not a bad thing). The chocolate cake pleasantly surprised us! The size alone would make you think it is very dense and heavy but it was the opposite. The cake was super light, fluffy, moist, and not too heavy at all. It would have been perfect with ice cream or milk. Definitely recommend stopping by this Chicago institution if you’re visiting!
It’s more or less some fast food with options. Was PACKED coming on saturday, out the door and wrapped around the buildling. Ordered italian beef, hot dog, polish sausage, and fries for $20. I don’t have the same nostalgia and love for it as my friends, but I’d come back if it was a shorter line. Italian beef – first experience and I know it’s not the ideal place to get it, but it was a fat sandwich with lots of beef, lots of sauce to dip it in on a poppy seed bun. Should’ve got the peppers! Hot dog – second experience with a Chicago hot dog with everything and it’s still kind of exactly what I expected. I don’t think I know enough to tell the difference, but it’s good. Fries – nothing to write home about here, just crinkle cut fries