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Portillo’s: A Midwest Tradition on the Far West

The problem with loving to eat is that I’ll often find myself ordering a meal that could probably feed two because I’m afraid I won’t return to the same restaurant in my desire to eat everywhere. I did it again, this time in Buena Park.

Portillo’s is a well known restaurant from the Midwest, known for its hot dogs. California is fortunate enough to have two out of the three locations outside of Illinois.

I noticed when they took my order they just wrote it on what I thought was a plain sheet of paper until I received my meal. Whether you order to go or to eat in the restaurant, they give you your food in a bag. That’s what they write your order down on. Brilliant.

This is the hot dog. A lot of places claim their wieners are unique, but I really can’t tell unless they’re custom sausages. This is no different, but the toppings make it special.¬†When you order it with everything you get mustard, relish, freshly chopped onions, sliced red ripe tomatoes, kosher pickle and sport peppers piled onto a perfectly steamed poppyseed bun. The toppings are fresh so they have some bite to them, not smooshing down and taking a back seat to the wiener.

This is the Portillo’s Italian Beef Sandwich with everything and hot peppers. They recommend the sweet peppers on their menu, but I have to admit that my taste buds have been change because of Michelle. I crave a little bit of heat on almost anything I eat. The hot peppers are definitely low on the scale of heat, and they compliment the sweet beef juice nicely.


Just a sandwich and soup I had for lunch.

I was out looking for commercial property in Buena Park, so I stopped into The Sandwich Bar for a quick bite to eat.

Korean BBQ  Sandwich with Clam Chowder.

The closeup of the tastiness. It was nice to see the trimmings were so fresh. No limp, wilted vegetables in this sandwich.