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555 E 81st Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410-5789
219-769-8300
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Ranked #1 of 142 Restaurants in Merrillville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun 10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: chicago style hot dogs
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Chicago
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208 reviews 208 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

My friends love this place. They use it for catering their holiday parties so I have had it many times. The italian beef is the sandwich they love best with sweet peppers. but I just had it this weekend at another party and it was average. I did not think the meat was any better than anywhere else, so the... More 

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Griffith
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67 reviews 67 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This place offers burgers, salads, and Italian food as well. They have awesome beef sandwiches and Chicago style hot dogs. They also have a wide selection of other things on the menu including salads. You can also get food catered and they also have ice cream. It is a fun place. It's always busy, but they have it where you... More 

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Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you ever get a chance to eat at Portillo's, don't hesitate! EVERYTHING they have there is so good! The Italian Beefs (with extra sweet peppers and gravy) are OUTSTANDING! So are the Maxwell Street Polish! Their hamburgers are fabulous too, they are chargrilled and so awesome. Did I mention the DIVINE Chocolate Cake? Seriously, the food here is great.... More 

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CARMEL
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Just because the name of a place is well known doesn't mean that it is good. You be the judge. So, I was. I never had gone to Portillos but we had to go...says everyone else. In short. Get the jumbo hot dog. The Italian beef was awesome with hot and sweet peppers. The cheese fries are better at steak... More 

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Noblesville, Indiana
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

When I moved to Indy 30 years ago i went to a restaurant and tried to order Italian Beef, They looked at me like i was from another planet. My wife and made a trip up north yesterday. Stopping at Portillo's for lunch is a must every time we are in Merrillville This is what Italian beef and Chicago Dogs... More 

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Griffith, Indiana
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I had never been there when I agreed to meet friends for lunch. Had no idea I was stepping into a free-for-all where you stand in line for food and are crushed into tables. Food was unremarkable and I won't be back.

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Saint Paris
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Very unusual food here! All the locals said we had to come, so we did. The food is very unique - I had the shaved beef "dry" but wish I had ordered some of their gravy on the side - it really was a bit too "dry" but that's how I ordered it so it was my fault! The "gravy"... More 

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Merrillville, Indiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I haven't been there in awhile, but it was alright for the choice at the time. But I did notice and enjoyed the many varieties of salads that was offered. I had a difficult time decision on which one to order.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I love this place.....they have a million delicious salad options. They are fast and almost everything they serve is great. The beef is signature, but hotdogs and polish rock too. Strawberry shake is my fav dessert treat, but the other options are equally yummy. Cute atmosphere, very nostalgic. Go there at least once or twice a month.

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Merrillville, Indiana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

If you are looking for a real Italian beef, look no further. Portillo's really delivers. You can get it dry, with juice or dipped. I like it dipped. Pretty much anything you get here is delicious. My husband loves their BBQ ribs. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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Additional Information about Portillo's

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

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