Portillo’s is a Chicago mainstay, so it was only natural that it was our very first stop on a trip to Chicago last weekend.
We ordered two Chicago classics, the Chicago style hot dog (poppy seed bun, sport pepper, yellow mustard, relish, pickle, etc), and the Italian beef sandwich (shaved beef with giardiniera).
The dog was pretty much perfect. I would have liked more sport peppers, but hey. No complaints otherwise.
This was my first time having a proper Chicago Italian beef sandwich, and I was blown away. The dip into Italian herb infused gravy is the perfect way to finish this sandwich, and the spicy giardiniera is the perfect way to get pickled flavors into it. I added some shredded mozzarella for good measure. This is different from a Philly cheesesteak for sure, but I like it much better. It’s more about the beef!
We also tried the chocolate cake shake and the frozen custard, both of which were great desserts.
On a second trip, we did the Polish sausage. Excellent.
100 W Ontario St
Chicago, IL 60654