This Is How We Eat: Portillo’s

It’s time to get those taste buds going once again in another installment of This Is How We Eat. If you are unfamiliar with what’s going on here, please refer to our previous articles for more information. This is going to be the first of a two part series on places I visited while being on vacation in Chicago, Illinois. Out of all the food that this city has to offer, one of the things that they are known most for are Hot Dogs. Today we are going to take a look at a place that specializes in this type of cuisine, and so much more, Portillo’s.

Established in 1963, this delightful little 50’s/60’s style diner offers just about every type of comfort food known to man. From hot dogs and hamburgers, to ribs and sub sandwiches, there is something for everyone. My girlfriend and I found out about it after passing the place on our way to our hotel the first day we were in town. We decided to go there on the end of the second day of our trip, and it was a very enjoyable experience to say the least. I had an old fashioned hot dog with mustard and relish and a root beer,  she had a bacon cheeseburger and a strawberry malt, and we split a large order of cheese fries. After our meal was over she wished that a place like this would open up in our home state of Ohio, but sadly that is probably never going to happen.

Normally it is an easy task to talk about some of the things that I didn’t like about specific restaurant, but in all honesty, nothing bad really comes to mind at all. My only complaint would have to be that I wished there was more food on my plate after my meal was over and done with, other than that, nothing. On a more positive note, other fast food joints should incorporate cup holders into all of their serving trays, because that is an ingenious idea that could keep customers from spilling their drinks. The pricing on the menu is pretty decent as well. Our entire meal ( two main dishes, large order of fries, and two drinks) came out at below $20, so if you’re looking to save a few bucks this is definitely a place to consider trying out.

If any of you ever get a chance to check out Chicago, be sure to stop by and have an enjoyable meal at Portillo’s, you won’t be disappointed.

Also, if there are any other places that you think we might like to check out, please let us know in the comments below.

Be on the lookout for the next entry in my vacation dining series, featuring another famous food from this city (pizza), very soon, right here at