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Portillo's

555 E 81st Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410-5789
219-769-8300
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Ranked #2 of 137 restaurants in Merrillville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Late Night
Description: chicago style hot dogs
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: chicago style hot dogs
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DeMotte, IN
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

A local institution Portillos is know for roast beef sandwiches and hot dogs. One of our favorite fast/casual restaurants we end up here at least once every week or two. One day my wife wanted to try a salad and orders a "chopped". From that day on we were hooked. It is a collection of lettuces, pasta, onions, bacon, and... More

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Carmel, Indiana, USA
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141 reviews 141 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

A long time favorite in Merrillville, it is always a MUST stop for my husband as we make our way to AND from Chicago. He LOVES the beef & even gets one to bring home. He reports that the beef is always tender, the juice perfect & the combo of peppers along with everything else can't be beat. I'll have... More

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Palm Bay, Florida
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402 reviews 402 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Can't say enough about their hot dogs - really good tasting. Tried their 3 cheese ravioli which was tasty. Their salads are also very good.

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Chicago, Illinois
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69 reviews 69 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

In an attempt to eat healthier, I reluctantly ordered a salad instead of my beloved Jumbo Hot Dog with everything (NO KETCHUP). Had the chopped salad and.....it was great. Much better value that the salad's offered at other restaurants and much better tasting. It filled me up, which was good, otherwise I would have washed it down with a Jumbo... More

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Wasilla, Alaska
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42 reviews 42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Portillo's has great food - hot dogs, sausage, roast beef sandwiches (you decide what degree of hotness you want for your peppers) & a side pasta restaurant to order from if someone in your party prefers pasta. You walk in and place your order at the counter. Plenty of seating for larger groups and cozy tables of 4. Reallly good... More

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Austin, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

I love you Portillo's, you've been going strong for over 5 years. I always make sure I stop here when I am in Northwest Indiana. I get the polish, Chicago style dog, the chocolate cake, hamburger, french fries, the italian beef, Italian sausage... all of that. It is amazing. You will be pleased. Great service. They like to make rhymes... More

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South Bend, Indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We had dinner here tonight and really enjoyed it. Good burgers, Chicago style hotdogs and sausage. The teenage boys were raving about the burgers and shakes they had and the prices were reasonable. Good, boisterous, atmosphere. Not your typical fast food chain experience and I'm sure we'll go back.

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Lafayette, Indiana
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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We stop here frequently on our way back from Chicago. This is the best place to go for real Chicago hot dogs and Italian Beefs. Absolutely authentic! ! The atmosphere is what I enjoy the most. I am a huge Disney fan and when I go here I feel like I am at Disney again. Can't help but smile. Having... More

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Chicago, IL
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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

I've eaten at several Portillo's, first time in this one in Merrillville. Had a yearning for a real Chicago Hot Dog, and wasn't disappointed. Coldest draft beer I've had in quite awhile, remarkable. The wife had the "Garbage Salad" and was truly impressed with it, so much so she wants to try to make it at home. Real Chicago favorites,... More

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South Bend, Indiana
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48 reviews 48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

The Italian beef was good but I didn't get the hot peppers with it that I ordered. No biggie. It is so noisy in there that maybe she didn't hear me. The onion rings were fresh and hot and my friend enjoyed his sandwich as well. It's novel, clean, well run and the people who work there seem to like... More

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