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Portillo's

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Italian, American, Hot Dogs, Sandwiches, Delicatessen
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555 E 81st Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410-5789
219-769-8300
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10:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
Description: chicago style hot dogs

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  • 104
    Excellent
  • 62
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Top 5 best sandwiching experience I've had

I love a good different sandwich and staying in the pretty generic town of Merrilville I was resigned to the fact that I'd be eating a boring dinner since I wanted street grub. Again trip advisor kicked some butt for me. I loved my food Hot Italian beef with peppers and rings, 8.50. What a deal... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I love a good different sandwich and staying in the pretty generic town of Merrilville I was resigned to the fact that I'd be eating a boring dinner since I wanted street grub. Again trip advisor kicked some butt for me. I loved my food Hot Italian beef with peppers and rings, 8.50. What a deal. Thus is how you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

As busy as this place is my order was correct and delivered with a smile. Great service for the price I'll be back.

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We don't get to Merrillville very often but when we do, we ALWAYS stop at Portillo's to get an Italian Beef sandwich! Simply delicious!

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Central Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We always get a whole chocolate cake to take home. Better than any bakery cake by far. Oh yeah the beef and Italian sausage sandwiches are among the best anywhere as well.

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Dyer, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I have been to Portillo's many times, have eaten the hot dogs, brats, hamburgers, ribs, pasta, Italian beef, etc and I have never had a bad meal. The place is not fancy but it has Dixieland jazz playing softly in the background, the friendliest staff in the world and it is always clean. If you want a casual meal that... More 

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Hobart, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Go for the beef sandwich and get it dipped. I had one on croissant w/cheese. This place is pricey, but a Midwest favorite and has many locations in Chicagoland/NW IN and some in AZ too! There's an order window for beef sands and hot dogs and one for pasta/salads. They offer all types of sands, pastas and delicious large salads.... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Always crowded for a reason. People drive 50 miles to get a big beef sandwich. There is a wide variety of sandwiches, pastas, salad, sides and beverages - the malts are so thick you will need a spoon. The beef comes with a choice of peppers, dipping and size - don't plan on leaving hungry - ever!

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Carmel, Indiana, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Long a staple in Merrillville, this is a must stop for my husband as we make our way to Chicago from Indianapolis. Because I am allowed to write only 1 review each 30 days, I will cover 2 visits in this one review. The Italian Beef is what my husband ALWAYS gets. He loves it, the meat is always tender... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

If your from the City of Big Shoulders, you know this is one of the staples of Midwest eating. Consistent everytime I'm here. Excellent

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Fort Wayne, In
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

I first got turned on to Portillo's 4 1/2 years ago when in Chicagoland to clear customs for household goods. My brother went with me and treated me to Portillo's. Portillo's in Summit was only a few miles from our motel. With a large food selection, it's hard to choose. However, one favorite of our family is the Italian Beef... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 555 E 81st Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410-5789
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Merrillville
  • Phone Number: 219-769-8300

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, American, Hot Dogs, Sandwiches, Delicatessen

Description

chicago style hot dogs
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?