If you know someone from Chicago, chances are you've heard of Portillo's. First opened as a hot dog stand in Chicago, Portillo's has expanded into a full-on restaurant with multiple locations throughout Illinois and across the country. What sets Portillo's apart is that it's not famous for just one thing. Sure, the hot dogs are great — this is Chicago we're talking about, after all — but don't even get us started on the Italian beef sandwiches. Or the perfectly crispy fries. Or the chocolate cake, which even has non-chocolate-lovers like me scraping their plates.
The menu can vary at different locations, but no matter where you are, you'll definitely enjoy a good meal. Keep reading for a look at why Portillo's deserves a spot on your food bucket list, and prepare to start drooling.