If there’s anything Chicago is known for, it’s their crazy strong wind and their Chicago-style hot dog, where apparently it’s a sin to put ketchup on your hot dog. The hot dogs are usually topped with yellow mustard, chopped white onions, bright green sweet pickle relish, dill pickle spear, tomato slices or wedges, sport peppers and celery salt.
While we were in Chicago, we knew we had to try their hot dogs so we made our way to Portillo’s, an American restaurant chain that specializes in serving Chicago-style food.
Inside of Portillo’s is nothing like what I expected. Customers line-up at different food stalls, sort of like an indoor foodcourt and the tables are lined with the old school checkered plastic table clothes and has a vintage vibe due to the decorations and interior design of the place.
Portillo’s food is casual and it’s meant to be a sloppy,messy and delicious experience. The food was simply wrapped with company branded paper
Chilli Cheese Dog
At first glance, the line-ups are long enough to throw impatient people off, but the servers and kitchen staff at the stalls are quick and efficient and it didn’t take as long as I thought it would for the food to arrive. The Chilli Dog was a mess but it was delicious. Cheese with chilli on top of the sausage on a toasted sesame bun.
Chicago Style Hot Dog
Italian Beef Sandwich
Portillo’s a local favourite, so be sure to get there early or be prepared to wait as it’s a first-come-first-serve restaurant.