On our trip to Chicago, we knew there were a few things we wanted to try: Italian Beef and Chicago-style Dogs. While we knew that we had plans to go to Hot Doug’s already, there was a large Portillo’s near our hotel and they were mentioned by many to have solid Chicago-style dogs and their Italian beef was rated to be the best in Chicago by Serious Eats, given this we decided to go give it a try.
The restaurant is split between Portillo’s and Barnelli’s Pasta Bowl, the two have separate counters with the Portillo’s serving up hot dogs and Italian beef and the Barnelli’s serving pasta, pizza and salad. You line up and a server will write down your order on a paper bag which you can then hand to the cashier to pay. We tried both the classic Portillo dog (Chicago-style) and the Italian beef. While we definitely considered the dogs at Hot Doug’s to be better, the Italian beef was indeed quite tasty. Best of all, compared to Hot Doug’s and some of the other famous Chicago joints, the line was short and moved quickly making it a convenient place to stop by for a snack.
The Chicago-style hot dog consists of an all-beef frankfurter on a poppy seed bun with mustard, relish, onion, tomatoes, pickle and celery salt.
100 W Ontario St
Chicago, IL 60654