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Portillo’s is known for our famous Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, and chocolate cake, but we have so many other bun-believable items on the menu that you may not know about! Below is a list of our top 5 cult favorite menu items that don’t get as much attention as they should.

We know it’s hard to resist ordering your favorite meal, but we want to challenge you to branch out and fry something new on your next Portillo’s order! Post your meal with #portilloshiddengems on social media and lettuce know what you think!


1.Maxwell Street Polish


The Maxwell Street Polish has been an iconic Chicago dish since the 1930’s when it was invented on none other than Maxwell Street! This sausage has been a fan-favorite ever since it was added the Portillo’s menu in the 60’s. It consists of a Polish sausage topped with grilled onions and mustard. Try one of Chicago’s oldest (and most delicious) street foods next time you order Portillo’s!

2.Onion Rings and Cheese Sauce


Portillo’s is known for our irresistible cheese sauce, and while our crinkle-cut fries taste amazing with it, have you ever tried it with our onion rings? Shake up your next Portillo’s order and get our crispy onion rings with a side of cheese sauce. Trust us – your life will be changed forever!

3.Char-Broiled Chicken Croissant


Don’t be a chicken and fry our char-broiled chicken croissant next time you order Portillo’s! This sandwich will cause your tail-feathers to shake with every bite you take. The perfectly baked, buttery, golden brown, flaky croissant is topped with a seasoned chicken breast, lettuce, tomato, and mayo. And there’s no need to worry, we’ll never run out of our chicken sandwich

4.Strawberry Shortcake


Our homemade strawberry shortcake is the perfect sweet treat for this summer! Surprise your taste buds with a change from the usual chocolate cake and treat yourself to a slice of our strawberry shortcake. Made with real strawberries and homemade whipped cream, you’ll be ordering this refreshing dessert every time you get Portillo’s!

5.Chili Dog


There is nothing chill about our chili cheese dog. One bite into this heavenly dish will have you questioning why you’ve never ordered it before. We make our famous chili dog with a secret chili recipe and top it off with cheese and onions. Make sure you have some napkins nearby to wipe off the chili that doesn’t quite make it into your mouth after you devour this dog (or you could always lick the juicy flavors off your fingers like we do!)



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