It saddens me to say that this post concludes my Chicago locations for a while. I attempted to drag them out as long as I could since it was so hard saying goodbye to so many delicious locations, but it had to be done.
The grand finale is a classic, Portillo’s. Thirty-five different Portillo’s restaurants are located throughout the city of Chicago, alongside locations in three other states, Arizona, California and Indiana. Similar to Billy Goat’s Tavern, Portillo’s possesses a historic evolvement into the restaurant that we all know and love today. Owner, Dick Portillo, was recognized in Forbes magazine as an “Up and Comer” in 1985 and received Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. Magazine in 1994.
Portillo’s possesses a variety of options to choose from and displays them in a way that makes you feel as if you are at an indoor market. As a first-timer, I have a tip to pass along. I suggest looking at the menu ahead of time or having a general idea of what you would want. As someone who is indecisive the process of ordering overwhelmed me just a tad.
When standing in line, unlike many places, this is not where you would contemplate your order. Portillo’s is set up so that there are workers who will come to you when you are standing in line, take your order, write it on a paper bag and then hand it to you and point you into the direction of the corresponding counter for your order.
Due to their system, I went the safe route and chose a cheeseburger and fries, and it was delicious!
If I had to rank Portillo’s on a scale of 1-10, I would give it an 8.