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555 E 81st Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410-5789
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
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All hours
Sun 10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Friendly staff, fun atmosphere, great for kids and adults. A true family restuarant. Food is simple, huge menu, and every item I have tried has been very good.

Thank Ruste P
Indianapolis, Indiana
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stop here every chance we get. The best Chicago style hot dogs and there is no better Italian beef. The chocolate cake is to die for. A must try.

Thank Fan4Football
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is fast food Chicago style. Chicago dogs, Chicago Italian Beef, Chicago burgers, Chicago ribs. More than a restaurant, this is a local dining experience! The atmosphere is loud, electric, and fun. IMO, they have the best Italian beef sandwich I have had anywhere. If you are visiting from out of the area, be sure to try Portillos.

Thank Phil H
Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best beef sandwiches anywhere! I MUST stop every time I am in town. YUM! Staff friendly, quick service.

Thank Carol G
Crown Point, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always busy, we first started going to Portillo's when we visited downtown Chicago. When we learned they were opening one locally in Merrillville, IN we were ecstatic. The Italian beef sandwiches are out of this world. You can get them served anywhere from dry (no gravy) to dripping wet with or without peppers. The sandwiches are quite large and if... More 

Thank Sparkie0491
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really good Chicago style hot dogs with fries and a chocolate shake. What's not to love? This place really knows how to move a crowd through the line.

Thank futureknave
Hobart, Indiana, United States
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26 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Chicago style restaurant feel. Excellent Italian beef sandwiches. Would consider it more casual dining than fast food even though they have a drive through.

Thank Jodi T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I always stop at Portillos either on our way to Chicago, our way home, or sometimes both. Absolutely loved the Italian beef with the sausage dipped. Messy but wonderful!

Thank Rob K
Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2016

EXCELLENT FOOD! This place has it down to a science. You thought McD's was good, this place is on it. Fantastic food and fantastic prices. All quality. We had a business group of 8 people and no one complained about a thing. Nothing. Even the guy that paid the bill. Nothing. Great people, great food. You have to try the... More 

Thank ddabh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

Had two dogs and a Beef n Cheddar Crosiant... and sent picks to my kids... they will wish they were here!

Thank Rob F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Italian, American, Fast Food
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Parking Available
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 555 E 81st Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410-5789
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Merrillville
  • Phone Number: 12197698300
Home to America's favorite Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef, burgers, salads, and chocolate cake.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?