My Favorite Chicago Places: Portillo's Restaurant

7.06.2013


Chicago is well known for two iconic food staples: deep-dish pizza and hot dogs. The secret to Chicago deep-dish pizza is the cheese, and you definitely need to eat Chicago deep-dish pizza if you get the chance. It's enough to thoroughly coat your insides and then some.

Somewhere, Jillian Michaels is shaking her man-sized fists in rage. 
But pizza is not what I'm here to talk about. Maybe another day.

Today, I want to talk about a restaurant that is near and dear to my heart: Portillo'sWhen planning out your Chicago vacation (or, in my case, trip back home to visit friends), after you've made sure you've eaten pizza, you absolutely must add a Portillo's hot dog to your list.

The secret to a Chicago hot dog is the celery salt. That and the dill pickle. And the poppyseed bun. And the mustard.

Portillo's hot dogs have become a family joke. One time the six of us were eating there, and my bun fell apart, spilling my half-eaten hot dog and all the condiments onto the table. I may or may not have started crying, and now I can't visit my brothers without them reminding me about the "hot dog incident." Those jerks. (I also cried one time we were camping because I burnt my ham and cheese pie iron, so they might actually have a point. I'm quite the dramatic eater.)

The last time I visited Portillo's was last summer. I took Jordan there, and we got hot dogs. My bun stayed together that time. It was glorious. 

This time around, I decided to not get a hot dog in favor of my second-favorite Portillo's menu item: Portillo's chopped salad. 

The chopped salad features Portillo's homemade dressing with all the fixin's, and the best part is that it's a huge salad, way too much for one person, so I get to take home leftovers and eat them for the next two days. It's the gift that keeps on giving. 

They have out-of-this-world chocolate cake too, but I decided not to get cake because I knew Alison, Sarah, and I were going to hit up the Wheaton Dairy Queen and the popcorn shop.

There are a few Portillo's locations, in the suburbs as well as the Mothership in the heart of downtown. (There are also a select few in Arizona, California, and Indiana, of all places). The downtown Portillo's on Ontario Street is where Jordan and I went to eat for lunch after he proposed to me at the Bean, so there's a bit of sentimental value there. 

But sentimental value aside, this is a dang good place to eat with a fun Chicago atmosphere, and if you're in the area, you should go. 

Then text your mom a picture of your food because you know that will make her jealous.
Or maybe that's just me.

12 comments:

  1. You're making me want to visit Chicago more and more!

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  2. I've always wanted to visit up there! One day...one day...

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  3. And oh my word, Q just walked in while I was reading this and he said "GO UP GO UP GO UP, that's AMANDA! What's she doin' on there?!" He's probably your biggest fan.

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  4. Chocolate cake shake!!!!

    ...that is all. :)

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  5. So excited for this post as I am hoping to run the marathon in Chicago in 2014 and posts like this really make me want to go!

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  6. we love portillos! and have one pretty close to us. that salad is my favorite! they also have one with strawberries, blueberries and pineapple and it is so good!!

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  7. Crying over a collapsed hotdog is completely justified. Brothers are mean.

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  8. Haha!! So true..Jillian Michaels isn't happy about this..but I sure am. Do love these foods!

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  9. Okay, that most just made me really hungry, and ready to visit Chicago!

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  10. Once, I dropped my chicken burrito on the ground, then started crying! It was very sad, and I had PMS.

    I have never visited Chicago, but it looks fun and the food looks yummy!


    =) Brooke

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