It All Began in the Dog House
In 1963, Dick Portillo invested $1,100 into a small trailer to open the first Portillo's hot dog stand in Villa Park, IL, which he called ''The Dog House.'' Years later, Portillo's has become a brand synonymous with Chicago. In fact, we're kind of a big dill- people say it's not a real trip to Chicago unless you eat at Portillo's. Fortunately, die-hard fans and first-timers alike have their choice of Portillo's restaurants, as we've beefed up to more than 70 locations across several states.
Our Food is Unrivaled
We're known for our famous Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, chopped salad, cheese fries, homemade chocolate cake, and chocolate cake shake. Our Italian beef is slow-roasted for four hours, thinly sliced, and served on freshly baked French bread. Then, it's dipped in hot gravy made with our homemade blend of seasonings that we've been perfecting for 50 years. Haven't tried Portillo's yet? Order an Italian beef, dipped with sweet or hot peppers (add mozzarella if you're feeling cheesy), or a Chicago-style hot dog ''dragged through the garden'' and you'll see what all the hype is about.
Portillo's Hot Dogs
Our Fans are Obsessed
No matter the location, our fans are bun-believably obsessed! Guests cake shake their way in for our Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, char-grilled burgers, cheese fries, fresh salads and famous chocolate cake. But it's not just our menu that sets Portillo's apart.
People are the Heart of Portillo's
Our teams relish the opportunity to serve up the Portillo's experience in our vintage-inspired dining environments and via our unique drive-thrus. This operating model has allowed us to stay the top dog when it comes to getting hot, fresh food to guests fast, which is why guests only have fries for us!