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“Chicago Italian Beef Sammy's in Buena Park on the Cheap” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Portillo's

Portillo's
8390 La Palma Ave., Buena Park, CA 90620
714-220-6400
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Ranked #1 of 198 restaurants in Buena Park
Price range: $0 - $10
Cuisines: American, Hamburgers, Fast Food
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Takeout
Los Angeles
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Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
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“Chicago Italian Beef Sammy's in Buena Park on the Cheap”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Oh Em Gee!!! I didn't know you were in Cali and I am indebted to Yelp for bringing up Portillo's (pronounced Por-tih-lows, even though its a Spanish sounding name) on a random search. Lo' and Behold' a Buena Park location and Moreno Valley location popped up. Yelp, thank you! I thought somehow this was a strictly Chicago business, like Lou Malnati's. Having gone to Chicago on work trips, I was introduced to this place by co-workers a few years ago. It's become a habit for me when Im in Chicago to go to Portillo's and often crave it when Im home in Socal. Not anymore, I will drive the 20 miles to get to Portillo's, no lie! It's comfort food Chicago style. This place is for Chicagoans and Cali foodies who may want to discover what a Chicago Italian Beef or Hotdog is like. There are 3 things I love here:

1) Italian beef, dipped, with sweet n hot peppers. This is as authentic Chicago Italian Beef sammy can be. Wet means dipped. Dry means undipped. If I order togo, I like it Dry and take the au jus on the side. This sandwich is cheap under $4.50. Don't expect a French dip sandwich. Don't compare to any sandwich 'cause this is how it's made in Chicago, no judgements!
2) Hotdogs, any of them. My faves are the Polish, with a snap, real hotdogs. Or Italian sausage, oh yeah!!
3) Chocolate Cake Shake. Yes, you read it right, slurp!!!

If you are familiar with Portillos or Chicago, you'll know what I'm talkin' about. There's nothing comparable an experience as downing a Portillos Italian beef sammy or a Hotdog, fries and a a large Chocolate Cake Shake, after taking lactaid pills, LOL. That to me is how it's done, LOL.

They also serve charbroiled burgers here, chicken and fish entrees. I'm not a fan of charbroiled burgers so I usually don't get those. I have heard that their burgers are great. HIghly recommend Portillo's for groups, children and familiies and am glad I found it SoCal. This is a Chicago restaurant institution serving its authentic food ASIS, no comparisons. If you are interested, you can read up on the history of this place on http://portillos.com.

Loves me mah Portillos Italian Beef sammy! Cheap eats and yummy too!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Long Beach, California
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94 reviews 94 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Great Italian beef!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

It's almost summer and I'm going to be eating up a storm. I loved my Italian beef sandwich. The meat was so tender and tasty! I was real beef some the usual fast food sliced lunchmeat. The bread was great and if your going to take out order the gravy on the side. My Chicago dog was good but I've tasted better. I will be back again to try more!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Chicago Style Hot Dog...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

I am grew up in Chicago and this is the closest I can get to a Chicago style hot dog. The cheese fries are my favorite. You need to open one up in San Diego!!!

Visited June 2013
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“Good stuff!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013 via mobile

Came here tonight and had the chicken sandwich and fries. Very tasty! Fresh bun and fixins. Casual atmosphere. Would highly recommend this to anyone visiting knotts.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Italian Beef Sandwiches!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

I keep telling myself I'm going to try something else on the menu, but everytime I order I get the Italian beef sandwich since it is so good! My husband did try the chili dog this time and said it was good too. The place is always crazy busy, but it doesn't take long to get your food and we've never had a problem finding a table. The order taker writes your order on a bag and when orders are ready the person calling out the numbers often makes up rhymes. Makes it entertaining while you are waiting for your number to be called.

Food is consistently good, and at a reasonable price. Our order - Italian beef sandwich, jumbo chili dog, large fries, and two drinks - was less than $16. Since the restaurant is so busy, and they share a parking lot with WalMart, parking can be a bit of a challenge. We'll be back!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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