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555 E 81st Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410-5789
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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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 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to Portillos in Chicago earlier this year and it was fantastic! From the big beef sandwiches to the Chicago style hot dogs, this is a great place for couples, families, or anyone looking for good, reasonably priced food. We were in Merrillville over the weekend and were pleasantly surprised to find out there is one there. They get busy... More 

Thank rich a
merrillville, IN
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

you may have to wait a bit if you're using the drive thru, but it's well worth the wait! The food is always fresh and made to order. It's the only place in Northwest Indiana, that offers a drive thru cheeseburger that tastes like it just came off your backyard grill. Crinkle fries, great italian beef (beef and cheddar croissant... More 

Thank travelin2relax
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The portions are big and service is fast. It might look like they are busy but they are very efficient. The chopped salad is the best and it is huge! And I've catered with this place and the food is prepared and packaged perfectly.

Thank FoodLoverValpo
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was staying across the street for a church conference at the Radisson, and my friend suggested this place to eat for dinner for our last night in Indiana. The experience was so great! The first thing I noticed was the beautiful décor of the restaurant, which immediately made me excited to eat here. I couldn't get over it. The... More 

Thank Alexa B
Ellettsville, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went because of the reviews here, will go back because they have the best onion rings I've ever had! Very busy, the line was 30 people deep the whole time we were there, but moved fast enough. Interesting atmosphere, eclectic decor, loud music, laid back staff. Food is made to order so it's hot when you get it. The fries... More 

Thank lorilorilori46
Aurora, Indiana
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53 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food is excellent-especially the Italian sausage, cheeseburgers, fries and chocolate cake. The service was quick but no one was friendly. On Saturdays at lunch time, the line is really long.

Thank Lisa G
Houston, Texas
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89 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good food cool atmosphere Average price The Italian beef is a must but I would get it dipped or it may be a little dry It gets busy so it may tAke you a bit to get to the counter to order My complaint about his place is waiting for your food You have to wait by another counter until... More 

Thank dantopper
Hobart, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The best fast food around! When you go in look around at all the decorations, a lot to see. The staff is friendly and efficient and there is quite a bit on the menu. The burgers are really good along with the hot dogs and beef. There are salads and desserts, my favorite being the chocolate cake. The servers call... More 

Thank AL H
Sweetwater, Tennessee
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80 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They have the best Italian Beef!!! We stop in every time we visit the relatives. This last time I ordered two 2.5lb. catering packs to take back to Tennessee with us. If you love Italian Beef, stop in! You won't be disappointed!

Thank Ron C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great restaurant. Went there based on trip advisor reviews. I had the large Italian beef sandwich and loved every bite. I went back and had the chili cheese dog. It was great as well. A fun atmosphere and very reasonable prices. Will become a regular stop.

Thank J H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Italian, 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
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Families with children
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?