Rewind, what's a Chicago dog?
A Chicago-style hot dog is a steamed or water-simmered all-beef frankfurter nestled in a steamed poppy seed bun, topped with yellow mustard, chopped white onions, bright green sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, tomato slices, and sport peppers. Oh, and there's no ketchup. Which is fine. You don't even need any ketchup with these snappy dogs.
Portillo's also sells Chicago Italian Beef sandwiches, which we love. When in doubt, try the Combo & Char-grilled sausage, a sandwich made with a perfectly grilled Italian sausage topped with Chicago Italian Beef served on perfectly baked French bread dipped in au jus.
There are three ways to get an Italian Beef sandwich:
- Dry: Very little gravy
- Extra Gravy: A splash a bit of gravy on the sandwich
- Dipped: The sandwich is dipped in the gravy
We got ours with extra gravy - not too moist to have the sandwich break in consumption mode, but just right to marry all the flavors of the beef into the bread. So delicious.
And to wash down all the sandwiches, grab a fountain soda, beer on draught, or indulge in a shake or malt. Who's counting calories? =X
Portillo's Hot Dogs
100 W Ontario St
Chicago, IL 60610
Tel: (312) 587-8910
Portillo's also has locations throughout Illinois, California, and Indiana.