This transplanted Chicago "Desert Rat" just about did an Irish jig when I found out that one of my favorite Chicago fast food restaurants opened in Moreno Valley, less than an hour away from Palm Springs. Portillo's started out several decades ago in Villa Park, IL, in a portable hot dog "hut", and has now grown to 44 locations, primarily in the Midwest (Chicago Metro area), but has now spread it's wings to the West Coast. They serve authentic (yes, sport peppers and celery salt..... NO ketchup) Chicago-style hot dogs, and mouth-watering, "nothing else like it" Italian beef sandwiches. The latter is my favorite, served hot on crusty french bread, with au jus dripping all over it, and if you choose....... sweet green peppers. The specially Italian-spiced beef is flown in from Chicago, as are most of their supplies, and unfortunately they do not yet have the Italian red sauce to pour over your sandwich, but trust me, it's just fine the way it is. I'm sure there are other "healthy" alternatives on the menu, but who cares? I would crawl a mile over broken glass to have a Portillo's Italian Beef sandwich with sweet peppers! Every time I do, I'm transported back to my hometown, surrounded by kitchy artifacts of a gangster's warehouse, complete with gangster pictures hanging on the walls and 40's music serenading me on the loudspeakers. In addition to their carnivore delights, they have a huge fresh salad section to please just about anyone. And, they serve "ice cold" beer in frosty round footed mugs, and each time I go there, I drool over them, but never imbibe because I have to drive home for an hour, and through some winding mountain passes. I don't care because I still get to reminisce about every graduation, Holy Communion, and birthday party as a child, where mom had a giant Nesco roaster filled with Italian Beef, swimming in au jus. Ahhh, the memories are so vivid when I'm munching on my succulent Portillo's Italian Beef. If you want something truly unique, and SO foreign to California, I encourage you to try this Chicago gem in the Inland Empire. Bon appetito!