Chicago, the Windy City, has its fair share of iconic foods! The Chicagoans are understandably proud of their culinary heritage, which continues to be shaped by the vibrant local and ethnic communities within their sprawling city and its suburbs. Their cuisines span the range from the quintessential Italian to the authentic American, as well as a fusion of cuisines from around the world.
And among the most popular chain of restaurants born and raised, so to speak, in the Windy City is Portillo’s. The chain specializes in Chicago-style foods including hot dogs, which are at the core of the menu, as well as Italian beef and Maxwell Street Polish. Most of its restaurants are located in the Chicago metropolitan area while many more as in Illinois, Arizona, and Florida, among other states.
Below are the latest Portillo’s menu prices.
|Large French Fries||$3.44|
|Italian Beef Sandwich||$7.48|
|Jumbo Hot Dog||$4.57|
|Chocolate Cake Slice||$3.79|
|Combo Beef & Char-Grilled Italian Sausage||$8.53|
|Large Chocolate Cake Shake||$6.11|
Hot Dogs & Chili
|Chili Cheese Dog||$4.71|
|Char Grilled Maxwell Street Polish Sausage||$5.16|
|Char-Grilled Polish Sausage||$5.65|
|Bowl of Chili||$5.22|
|Jumbo Chili Cheese Dog||$5.25|
Fast Packs|Fast Pack Sandwiches
Perfect for groups of eight or more people. Our most popular sandwiches, packaged in trays with condiments on the side, for a convenient way to serve Portillo's at parties and meetings. For buffet-style catering, through Portillo’s Home Kitchen, including bags of Italian Beef, please call (866) YUM-BEEF. Bags of Italian Beef are available in Packaged Beef and Bread Category.
|Hot Dog - Fast Pack||$31.54|
|Italian Beef Sandwiches - Fast Pack||$60.06|
|Italian Sausage Sandwiches - Fast Pack||$49.54|
|Combo Sandwiches - Fast Pack||$68.64|
|Hamburgers - Fast Pack||$50.60|
|Cheeseburgers - Fast Pack||$55.60|
|Char-Broiled Chicken Sandwiches - Fast Pack||$50.60|
|20 Chicken Tenders - Fast Pack||$26.56|
|Catering Baked Mostaccioli Tray||$41.25|
|Char Broiled Chicken Sandwich||$6.28|
|Char Broiled Chicken Croissant||$6.52|
|Breaded Chicken Sandwich||$6.18|
|Breaded Chicken Croissant||$6.44|
|Chicken Tenders 4 Piece||$5.39|
|Chicken Tenders 6 Piece||$7.87|
Fast Packs|Fast Pack Salads, Sides, & Dessert
Perfect for groups of eight or more people. Our most popular salads and cold sides, some served with toppings and dressings on the side, for a convenient way to serve Portillo's at parties and meetings. For buffet-style catering through Portillo’s Home Kitchen, please call (866) YUM-BEEF.
|Greek Pasta Salad - Fast Pack||$14.50|
|French Fries - Fast Pack||$15.54|
|Onion Rings- Fast Pack||$14.99|
|Cole Slaw - Fast Pack||$4.50|
|Redskin Potato Salad - Fast Pack||$4.50|
|Big Beef Sandwich||$9.85|
|Char Grilled Polish Sausage||$5.88|
|Char-Grilled Italian Sausage Sandwich||$6.14|
|Big Beef Combo||$12.69|
|Cup Of Beef||$6.29|
Fast Packs|Fast Pack Tableware
Fast Packs|Fast Pack Tableware
|10 Tableware Set Ups||$5.95|
|Buffet-Style Heating Kit||$8.50|
Packaged Beef & Bread
Packaged Beef & Bread
|1 Lb. Packaged Italian Beef||$16.17|
|2.5 Lbs. Packaged Italian Beef||$38.89|
|Loaf of French Bread||$5.46|
|Bacon Double Hamburger||$10.61|
|Bacon Double Cheeseburger||$11.16|
|Grilled Portobello Sandwich||$7.43|
|Cold Veggie Croissant||$3.61|
|Veggie Hot Dog||$1.49|
|Greek Salad With Chicken||$9.98|
|Chipotle BBQ Salad with Chicken||$9.96|
|Tuscan Chicken & Bacon Salad||$10.06|
|Apple Harvest Salad||$10.50|
|Garbage Salad *New Recipe!*||$10.11|
|Garden Side Salad||$4.35|
|Greek Pasta Side Salad||$3.88|
|Half Slab of Ribs||$14.11|
|Half Slab of Ribs Dinner||$17.76|
|Full Slab of Ribs||$21.56|
|Full Slab of Ribs Dinner||$25.38|
|Sunday Rib Special||$24.74|
|Chicken Noodle Soup||$4.71|
|Chicken Tenders - 6 Piece||$7.69|
|Gravy Bread - No Peppers||$1.35|
|Gravy Bread with Peppers||$2.05|
|Double Stuffed Cheese Ravioli||$9.14|
Extras & Condiments
Sides, Fries & Onion Rings|Fries & Onion Rings
|Small French Fries||$2.90|
Sides, Fries & Onion Rings| Side Orders
|Lemon Poppyseed Muffin||$0.94|
|Side of Italian Sausage||$4.86|
Sides, Fries & Onion Rings|Extras & Condiments
|Bread- French Bread Piece||$1.24|
|Cheese-Shredded Cheddar Cheese||$0.84|
|Cheese-Shredded Mozzerella Cheese||$0.84|
|Dressing - Ranch Dressing||$0.50|
|Dressing- Caesar Dressing||$0.49|
|Dressing- Chipotle Ranch Dressing||$0.50|
|Dressing- Honey Mustard Dressing||$0.50|
|Dressing- House Dressing||$0.50|
|Grilled Tuna Sandwich||$7.23|
Drinks & Shakes|Drinks
|Large Iced Tea||$2.97|
|Small Iced Tea||$2.52|
Drinks & Shakes|Shakes & Malts
|Small Chocolate Cake Shake||$5.11|
|Chocolate Éclair Cake||$4.29|
|Whole Chocolate Cake||$24.63|
Drinks & Shakes|Bottled Beverages
Drinks, Shakes & Smoothies|Bottled Beverages
|Bottle of Coke||$2.87|
|Bottle of San Pellegrino||$2.97|
|Bottle of Diet Coke||$2.87|
|Bottle of Sprite||$2.87|
|Bottle of Barq's Root Beer||$2.95|
|Bottle of Water||$1.91|
Dick Portillo founded the company in 1963 with the first location initially known as “The Dog House”, which was just a 12-foot trailer without running water and restrooms located on North Avenue in Villa Park. He wasn’t enjoying as much success as he wanted to because of the stiff competition so he performed market research, which essentially consisted of him observing his competitors’ operations as a customer.
By 1967, his business was making money, as well as relocated to a larger trailer and renamed eponymously – Portillo’s. More locations followed so much so that he enjoyed the success he wanted.
In 2014, however, Dick Portillo sold the chain to Berkshire Partners.
What They’re Famous For
Portillo’s prides itself on being the home to the best Chicago-style hot dogs, burgers, and Italian beef. Even its chocolate cake is a bestseller because of its truly scrumptious quality. The food and drinks are also served in generous portions in the tradition of American fast-food.
Why Eat Here
Every Portillo’s restaurant undoubtedly offers the best Chicago-style dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, and Maxwell Street Polish sandwiches! Even its competitors – and there are many from Illinois to Florida – cannot equal the savory quality of its meats complemented by the deliciousness of the vegetables and breads. While the chain doesn’t claim to be the inventors of these dishes, it has become the go-to place for people who have a craving for the quintessential Chicago food.
Let’s take a closer look at these three bestselling items. The Chicago-style hotdogs consists of Italian beef, which can be dipped in gravy, dry, or extra, and peppers that can be hot and/or sweet depending on your preference. To say that it’s the juiciest hotdog you have tasted in your life may well be an understatement.
The Maxwell Street Polish is considered as a classic Chicago food and, in fact, it’s synonymous with the Windy City when you think about the must-have food while you’re here for business or for pleasure. This was originally created in the Maxwell Street market thus its name while its ingredients are mostly sourced from local food growers.
The ingredients include either a fried or grilled Polish sausage with a topping of yellow mustard and grilled onions, as well as the option to added pickled green sport peppers (i.e., served whole). These are then served on a bun and voila! You may have a mess on your plate but it’s worth it with every heavenly bite.
The Italian beef was also created in Chicago dating back to the 1930s. As a sandwich, its fillings consist of thin slices of seasoned roast beef with a gravy-style topping known as au jus, which are served on a long Italian-style roll. You can choose whether the roll can be dipped or not into the au jus where the meat was cooked in depending on your need for layers of flavor. Your sandwich will also likely have a topping of either sautéed green Italian sweet peppers (sweet) or Chicago-style giardiniera peppers (hot).
Whenever you’re in Chicago, you should visit a Portillo’s restaurant and order one or all of these classic Chicago foods. You will find that these may be on the fattening side but every calorie is worth the delicious flavors, delightful mouth-feel, and satisfying filling in the stomach.
The customer service is satisfactory even when there are plenty of people in the restaurant. The crew members are usually friendly toward the diners, as well as relatively attentive to their dining needs – at least, as attentive as can be considering the fast casual ambiance. The noise level can range from the average to the loud depending on the time of day with the lunch hours being the busiest and, thus, the loudest.
We always suggest Portillo’s for groups because many of the food and drinks labeled as single serving are generous enough to be shared among two persons. The prices are affordable, too, so dining out doesn’t have to drain the pockets.
To learn more about Portillo’s or to find a location near you, visit their website at www.portillos.com.