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(Peoria Journal Star)   Visit Peoria, Illinois Come for the Portillo's. Stay for the Portillo's. Eat Portillo's. Portillo's   ( pjstar.com) divider line
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2017-11-16 04:37:32 PM  
I can get Portillo's in Chicago, though. Of course, I can get even better dogs in Chicago, too.
 
2017-11-16 04:51:36 PM  
It could be the best food in the world and it wouldn't make being in Peoria any better.  As it stands, if Portillos is what you're bragging about.... meh.

That being said, I may order some.  Has anyone had Portillos shipped to them?  I haven't had it in years.
 
2017-11-16 05:19:50 PM  
I was going to fuss about the 's used in the headline four times, but it turns out to be Portillo's (restaurant), not some item called a Portillo.
 
2017-11-16 05:19:56 PM  
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Speaking of lunch in Peoria....
 
2017-11-16 05:20:09 PM  

Kornchex: It could be the best food in the world and it wouldn't make being in Peoria any better.  As it stands, if Portillos is what you're bragging about.... meh.

That being said, I may order some.  Has anyone had Portillos shipped to them?  I haven't had it in years.


Joseph A. Portillo the son of the founder may deliver it to you if you offer him a eight ball. Lost count how many time he has been arrested.
 
2017-11-16 06:02:57 PM  

Kornchex: It could be the best food in the world and it wouldn't make being in Peoria any better.  As it stands, if Portillos is what you're bragging about.... meh.

That being said, I may order some.  Has anyone had Portillos shipped to them?  I haven't had it in years.


Yup.  We live in NC now.  Order it 3 times a year.  It is awesome!
 
2017-11-16 06:07:21 PM  
COUNTERPOINT: Portillo's Italian Beef is awesome. Checkmate.
 
2017-11-16 06:12:37 PM  

BKITU: COUNTERPOINT: Portillo's Italian Beef is awesome. Checkmate.


Porillo's beef is acceptable. Johnnie's Beef is best beef.
 
2017-11-16 06:35:50 PM  
 I am proud to plead ignorance of this chain.

/yeah I'd probably eat it
 
Oak
2017-11-16 06:37:11 PM  

naughtyrev: BKITU: COUNTERPOINT: Portillo's Italian Beef is awesome. Checkmate.

Porillo's beef is acceptable. Johnnie's Beef is best beef.


Johnnie's is very overrated.

Try Freddy's.
 
2017-11-16 06:42:57 PM  
They just opened in Bloomington, IL, too.  I would consider them far overrated.  They just feel like a big mall cafeteria to me.  Ick.

I will, however, state for the record that they make farking proper chocolate malts.  If I want one of those, that is where I will go.
 
2017-11-16 06:45:10 PM  
Jesus. Why is TFA writer so butt-hurt?
 
2017-11-16 06:46:23 PM  
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2017-11-16 06:46:31 PM  
They're putting it in Westlake?  Good luck to them, then.  The only two businesses that have survived there for any amount of time are Toys R Us and Chuck E Cheese's.
 
2017-11-16 06:48:26 PM  
We used to go to the Downers Grove one for lunch.  I remember eating Italian Beef for lunch, and then smelling like one for the rest of the afternoon.

One a scale of 1 to 10, I give them a "meh-point-four"
 
2017-11-16 06:53:09 PM  

BKITU: COUNTERPOINT: Portillo's Italian Beef is awesome. Checkmate.


This.  I'd friggin' KILL for a Portillo's closer than a four-hour drive away (closest one to here is in northern Indiana south of Gary).  Peoria would be MARGINALLY closer, about, oh, an hour and a half or two hours :3

And has anyone successfully had an Italian Beef from there successfully ship?  How is it compared to at restaurant (especially if you're doing it with au jus/"wet")?

/pretty much we HAVE no good places for roast beef closer by :P
 
2017-11-16 06:53:19 PM  
I like it, my kids like it.  The one by me is ALWAYS crowded.

CSB: I've met Dick (Portillo).  He's actually a pretty nice guy.
 
2017-11-16 06:58:34 PM  
Ha. They're just jealous that Bloomington/Normal got one first.
 
2017-11-16 06:59:47 PM  
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2017-11-16 06:59:53 PM  

abhorrent1: Jesus. Why is TFA writer so butt-hurt?


The city council approved an added 1% tax to Portillo's sales that goes to the developer.
 
2017-11-16 07:01:01 PM  
I've had a Portillo's hot beef once, thought it was pretty good -- but I was was expecting more, especially with all the hype it gets. Same for In-N-Out, doesn't live up to the hype, but still good.
 
2017-11-16 07:01:06 PM  

abhorrent1: Jesus. Why is TFA writer so butt-hurt?


It's his schtick.
 
2017-11-16 07:01:47 PM  
I like their burgers. The beef is alright, but it's not my thing personally. And they do a serviceable dog.
 
2017-11-16 07:12:32 PM  

Kornchex: It could be the best food in the world and it wouldn't make being in Peoria any better.  As it stands, if Portillos is what you're bragging about.... meh.

That being said, I may order some.  Has anyone had Portillos shipped to them?  I haven't had it in years.


I have. It's worth it if you really need to kill a craving and don't want to do it yourself. Because the beef is frozen it can be a bit rubbery. If it's in your budget, get your beef sliced fresh from the deli. (That's what we did to use up the extra gravy and it was better that way.)
 
2017-11-16 07:13:33 PM  

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I appreciate that reference.
 
2017-11-16 07:13:35 PM  

Great Porn Dragon: BKITU: COUNTERPOINT: Portillo's Italian Beef is awesome. Checkmate.

This.  I'd friggin' KILL for a Portillo's closer than a four-hour drive away (closest one to here is in northern Indiana south of Gary).  Peoria would be MARGINALLY closer, about, oh, an hour and a half or two hours :3

And has anyone successfully had an Italian Beef from there successfully ship?  How is it compared to at restaurant (especially if you're doing it with au jus/"wet")?

/pretty much we HAVE no good places for roast beef closer by :P


See my above comment. Oh I did forget to mention the bread is perfect.
 
2017-11-16 07:22:15 PM  
So, some guy named Dick wants me to eat his meat?
 
2017-11-16 07:28:52 PM  
Portillo's is one of the things I miss about living in Chicagoland.

At the same time. I wouldn't go out of my way to visit one.
 
2017-11-16 07:35:59 PM  

CoysOdie: So, some guy named Dick wants me to eat his meat?


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2017-11-16 07:38:02 PM  

Unikitty: Great Porn Dragon: BKITU: COUNTERPOINT: Portillo's Italian Beef is awesome. Checkmate.

This.  I'd friggin' KILL for a Portillo's closer than a four-hour drive away (closest one to here is in northern Indiana south of Gary).  Peoria would be MARGINALLY closer, about, oh, an hour and a half or two hours :3

And has anyone successfully had an Italian Beef from there successfully ship?  How is it compared to at restaurant (especially if you're doing it with au jus/"wet")?

/pretty much we HAVE no good places for roast beef closer by :P

See my above comment. Oh I did forget to mention the bread is perfect.


I'd have to see if the ONE Good Meat Market here could slice it for Italian beef.  Unfortunately, much as we have no good places for Italian beef, there's really only one good meat place here with a deli that I'd trust for Italian beef slicing; most of the delis here are either literally chain grocery store "delis" (which are quite good if you want ham salad or whatever good cold cuts are available from various places locally or in Cincy, but...Italian beef, not so much) or are ethnic groceries (largely carnicerias or carniceria departments in the local supermercado, also there are the halal delis which DO have some awesome shawarma meat and hummus and Bosniak kevap sausage but probably not so much with the Italian beef :D).  Most of the out-of-city "food culture" in Louisville is dominated by Cincy or Owensboro or points farther south, alas...

That said...apparently Portillo's has successfully made it as far south as Indy (admittedly northeast Indy on I-69, which is why I never noticed a friggin' Portillo's in Indy before on the trips north :D).  So really now it's only an hour and a half drive, two hours if I-465 is extra shiatty :D
 
2017-11-16 07:40:36 PM  

CoysOdie: So, some guy named Dick wants me to eat his meat?


Does he serve it in a bowl?
 
2017-11-16 07:41:55 PM  

bearded clamorer: abhorrent1: Jesus. Why is TFA writer so butt-hurt?

The city council approved an added 1% tax to Portillo's sales that goes to the developer.


He just seems irrationally angry about it.
 
2017-11-16 08:00:32 PM  
moving to chicago in a few weeks so i'm getting a kick.

last time i was up there visiting my girlfriend i had Portillo's (and really my first chicago-style dog, despite a ton of time spent in the city over the past 10+ years) for the first time. nothing tremendously exciting, but a pretty decent hot dog. I'd go back since it's close to my office and cheap.

I'm tempted to try the beef next time, but i understand there are better options. al's? mr. beef on orleans? any input, chicagoland farkers?
 
wee
2017-11-16 08:02:35 PM  
Portillo's dogs aren't bad if you load it up with ketchup, mustard and opinions. Onions! I mean onions...
 
2017-11-16 08:03:42 PM  
Yeah, Portillo's is pretty great. Can't get it in California. There's a place near my work in that sells a "Chicago" hot dog. Wrong bun, wrong relish, and $9. Bleh.
 
2017-11-16 08:12:26 PM  
Lived in Illinois all but 5 of my 47 years. Ate Portillo's for the first time on my way to a Tool concert in Rosemont. I really enjoyed it.
 
2017-11-16 08:14:24 PM  

gabethegoat: moving to chicago in a few weeks so i'm getting a kick.

last time i was up there visiting my girlfriend i had Portillo's (and really my first chicago-style dog, despite a ton of time spent in the city over the past 10+ years) for the first time. nothing tremendously exciting, but a pretty decent hot dog. I'd go back since it's close to my office and cheap.



In the city, you're gonna have a million great options for dogs and beefs. In Peoria, not so much.
 
2017-11-16 08:25:49 PM  

dickfreckle: I am proud to plead ignorance of this chain.

I feel bad for you  :  (

 
2017-11-16 08:28:48 PM  
Peoria still sucks.  Incidentally, Portillo's was supposed to start (local) delivery this week.  Might take them up on it at work.
 
2017-11-16 08:40:16 PM  

Oak: naughtyrev: BKITU: COUNTERPOINT: Portillo's Italian Beef is awesome. Checkmate.

Porillo's beef is acceptable. Johnnie's Beef is best beef.

Johnnie's is very overrated.

Try Freddy's.


Visited the Freddies site, saw the video, now I want to go and visit that place.
//Took my Wife to Chicago on our First date. //Had Gino's on Superior. Married twenty-three years.
///Yes. Flew her from Dallas to Chicago for lunch.
////Ex knew I wanted her bad.
 
2017-11-16 08:43:56 PM  

gabethegoat: moving to chicago in a few weeks so i'm getting a kick.

last time i was up there visiting my girlfriend i had Portillo's (and really my first chicago-style dog, despite a ton of time spent in the city over the past 10+ years) for the first time. nothing tremendously exciting, but a pretty decent hot dog. I'd go back since it's close to my office and cheap.

I'm tempted to try the beef next time, but i understand there are better options. al's? mr. beef on orleans? any input, chicagoland farkers?


Al's is a chain these days, just like Portillo's. Scale and franchising lead to cost cutting and standardization. Mr. Beef is good, I love Johnnie's. My local experimental beef placed closed (Beefbelly) but they still have a sister store that does some of the best burgers in America (Brgrbelly). Oak upthread suggested Freddy's, and I want to give it a look. Kind of depends on where you live and where you work though.
 
2017-11-16 09:00:55 PM  
Sadly, no Portillo's in NorCal, the Al' s in San Jose closed last year, and the closest place I know to get Vienna Beef dogs and Italian beef is a scary little place at a cattle auction yard way up in Petaluma that smells exactly like you'd expect a restaurant at a cattle auction yard to smell.  Chicago Fire in Sacramento has ok beef, but if I'm making the drive there,  I'm getting pizza.
 
2017-11-16 09:03:03 PM  
The stupidity in that column is exactly why Peoria is Peoria - aka, a crapjole.
 
Oak
2017-11-16 09:03:41 PM  

dukef: Yeah, Portillo's is pretty great. Can't get it in California. There's a place near my work in that sells a "Chicago" hot dog. Wrong bun, wrong relish, and $9. Bleh.


Yeah, you can.  There's one in Moreno Valley and one in Buena Park.  The one in Moreno Valley is closer to me, but it's still a hundred-minute drive.  I can vouch for it, though: they do duplicate the home experience.
 
2017-11-16 09:08:16 PM  

dukef: Yeah, Portillo's is pretty great. Can't get it in California. There's a place near my work in that sells a "Chicago" hot dog. Wrong bun, wrong relish, and $9. Bleh.


Not entirely true, there's a couple in LA, one right next to Knotts Berry Farm and one way out east somewhere.
 
2017-11-16 09:09:57 PM  

gabethegoat: nothing tremendously exciting, but a pretty decent hot dog. I'd go back since it's close to my office and cheap.


I like Superdawg, but they're nothing special. What really matters is if the place serves Vienna Beef dogs or not. If it isn't VB, it's usually crap. Unless it's a boutique place like Hot Dougs, but they're gone.
 
2017-11-16 09:11:07 PM  

naughtyrev: I can get Portillo's in Chicago, though. Of course, I can get even better dogs in Chicago, too.


Franks
 
2017-11-16 09:16:47 PM  
Portillo's always struck me as tourist food. Crinkle-cut fries? Come on.
 
2017-11-16 09:17:59 PM  

naughtyrev: gabethegoat: moving to chicago in a few weeks so i'm getting a kick.

last time i was up there visiting my girlfriend i had Portillo's (and really my first chicago-style dog, despite a ton of time spent in the city over the past 10+ years) for the first time. nothing tremendously exciting, but a pretty decent hot dog. I'd go back since it's close to my office and cheap.

I'm tempted to try the beef next time, but i understand there are better options. al's? mr. beef on orleans? any input, chicagoland farkers?

Al's is a chain these days, just like Portillo's. Scale and franchising lead to cost cutting and standardization. Mr. Beef is good, I love Johnnie's. My local experimental beef placed closed (Beefbelly) but they still have a sister store that does some of the best burgers in America (Brgrbelly). Oak upthread suggested Freddy's, and I want to give it a look. Kind of depends on where you live and where you work though.


Wow, you're local to Beefbelly, or what used to be Beefbelly? We must be neighbors. I didn't care for it, nor is the burger one much of anything for me. Not to yuck your yum. I like Portillo's, and get lunch there at least once a week. Their beefs are good but I actually prefer Buona Beef. Their gravy is spicier. What you can't beat though is Portillo's pepper and egg during Lent.
 
Oak
2017-11-16 09:20:59 PM  

Ex-Texan: Oak: naughtyrev: BKITU: COUNTERPOINT: Portillo's Italian Beef is awesome. Checkmate.

Porillo's beef is acceptable. Johnnie's Beef is best beef.

Johnnie's is very overrated.

Try Freddy's.

Visited the Freddies site, saw the video, now I want to go and visit that place.


naughtyrev: gabethegoat: moving to chicago in a few weeks so i'm getting a kick.

 Oak upthread suggested Freddy's, and I want to give it a look. Kind of depends on where you live and where you work though.


Go.  Mangia.  You can't get bad food there.  It's such a throwback.  BTW, it's a real family place and the family closes it on a whim for vacations, holidays, whatever - so you might want to call first if you're driving a long way.

/Holy heck have they spiffied up their website: just a short while ago it was a real GeoCities-looking affair.  This one almost makes it look TOO "foodie."  It's completely old-school though.  You'll see when you get there.
 
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