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Portillo's

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Italian, American, Hot Dogs, Sandwiches
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555 E 81st Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410-5789
219-769-8300
Website
Today
10:30 am - 11:00 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, Lunch, Late Night
Description: chicago style hot dogs

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Visitor rating
  • 88
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Sorry, the beef is WAY overrated!!!!

Is the food bad, not at all, but I just don't get why people are so GaGa over the beef here. I'd much rather go to Pepino's or Als. Still, worth 4 stars due to how many of my close friends insist we go here, I am trying to be as fair as possible, just be prepared to be over... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
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155 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Sacramento, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

Papa likes this place, and it was my first experience, not bad. Family style, you order at the counter and pick it up at the other end.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

Is the food bad, not at all, but I just don't get why people are so GaGa over the beef here. I'd much rather go to Pepino's or Als. Still, worth 4 stars due to how many of my close friends insist we go here, I am trying to be as fair as possible, just be prepared to be over... More 

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Long Beach, California
Top Contributor
123 reviews 123 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This is a great place to bring friends with various tastes. I ordered their grilled chicken and walnut salad. The chicken was hot served over a crisp spinach and romaine mix. Served with a warm slice of ciabatta bread and butter. For dessert we had their chocolate cake shake. Very rich and delicious, the small was enough to split. The... More 

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PA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Of course, you have to have a hot dog if you go to Portillo's - and they are great. I had the chili dog, which was excellent, but also tried a bite of the italian beef sandwich. Great beef, but a little drier that I was used to. The server told me next time to ask for it 'dipped' -... More 

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Merrillville, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Portillo's is the best for this type of restaurant. The atmosphere, the food, everything about it is great. The décor fits it perfectly and I love the fact that they also hire people who are less fortunate to help them with their self worth.

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Hebron,IN
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58 reviews 58 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 via mobile

This has to be the best restaurant in the area for beef sandwiches. The beef is so tender, and my favorite way to have it is to have it dipped in gravy. I have to eat it with a knife and fork! They are also famous for their Chocolate Cake. I have heard that the Chopped Salad is very good... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Fast-casual restaurant with something for everybody -- salads, soup, sandwiches and more. The Italian before was juicy, messy and yummy. Order it dry if you need to stay tidy.

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Noblesville, Indiana
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

This is about half way to our son's house. We have been going to Portillo's several years in the Chicago area and its almost always busy. The best part of this restaurant is there is two different restaurants in this Portillo's. The other restaurant has pastas and salads.I usually order from the Portillo's side.I usually get the Italian beef not... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This place is great way to go out and enjoy yourself with your friends or family. It is very "colorful" would be the best way to describe it. All children will love to go. I myself have been going for almost my whole life. Great chocolate cake and hot dogs.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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192 reviews 192 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I love the sausage dogs and the hot dogs. May sound like simple food, but Portillos does it better! They have a good variety of food, but it seems most people get the dogs or the Italian beef. Definitely get the French fries. Don't be scared away by the line, it moves fast.

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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

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?