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Portillo's

555 E 81st Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410-5789
219-769-8300
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Ranked #2 of 139 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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Wasilla, Alaska
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41 reviews 41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

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
16 helpful votes 16 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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Merrillville, Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Costs a bit much but the food was good. Server ordered wrong salad for me had to have them fix the order. And it took about 25 minutes for me to get my order in the 1st place before the mess up.

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Schererville, Indiana
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33 reviews 33 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Best beef sandwich in Northwest, Indiana. Drive thru is more than convenient! Worth the drive to dine here! Always busy but never have to wait....this place is well managed and organized!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
Top Contributor
146 reviews 146 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Merrilville is the best place for us to stop on our way to Chicago. It's always a pain though to get off at that exit and decide where to eat. We don't care for the fast food places, but don't really want to take a long time at a sit down restaurant either. So glad to have read about Portillo's... More

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East Lansing, Michigan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Normally I can only have Portillos a few times a year when visiting relatives in Illinois. I was overjoyed to find out Merillville happened to have one as well. It seems to not have caught on - but that was almost a plus, parking was relatively stress-free and there was almost no line to order. Almost all the tables were... More

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