Portillo's is coming to the Phoenix Area.

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2012/08/27 01:30:05 (permalink)

Portillo's is coming to the Phoenix Area.

All you displaced Chicago folks and midwest snowbirds rejoice!
Portillo's is coming! They plan to open 4 units.
 http://azbex.com/portillos-hot-dogs-to-occupy-former-uncle-sam-space-in-scottsdale/
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    mar52
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    Re:Portillo's is coming to the Phoenix Area. 2012/08/27 01:36:12 (permalink)
    Cool news for you.  I still have to drive an hour or more to our Portillo's so I haven't been...... yet.
     
     
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    Re:Portillo's is coming to the Phoenix Area. 2012/08/27 01:51:27 (permalink)
    mar52
    Cool news for you.  I still have to drive an hour or more to our Portillo's so I haven't been...... yet.

    I'm just curious to see what all the hoopla is about!
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    Re:Portillo's is coming to the Phoenix Area. 2012/08/27 01:53:37 (permalink)
    mar52
    Cool news for you.  I still have to drive an hour or more to our Portillo's so I haven't been...... yet.

    In LA, you have to drive an hour or more to go anywhere don't you?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twqa9AppfeE&feature=related
    post edited by Foodbme - 2012/08/27 02:08:35
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    Re:Portillo's is coming to the Phoenix Area. 2012/08/27 09:13:36 (permalink)
    I live 5 minutes from Portillo's, love the place! Even my vegetarian partner loves it!
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    Re:Portillo's is coming to the Phoenix Area. 2012/08/27 14:00:14 (permalink)
      Forty-five minutes is my standard drive time.
     
    Maybe I should make that drive.
     
    Problem is it's around the corner from Knott's Berry Farm. 
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    Re:Portillo's is coming to the Phoenix Area. 2012/08/28 19:39:25 (permalink)
    Foodbme.....Portillo's is one of the best Fast Food Chicago style joints I've been in. The beefs are very good for a chain, and the Chicago Dogs are also very good......it's without a doubt worth a stop.
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    Re:Portillo's is coming to the Phoenix Area. 2013/03/09 23:23:18 (permalink)
    Well, They're here!
    They opened about 2 weeks ago at 90th St & Shea Blvd in Scottsdale.
    There's a second one planned in the Tempe Marketplace, at McClintock & Rio Salado, near ASU in a few months..
    Went to the one in Scottsdale today, around 3 PM, thinking it would be a slow time to go to see what all the hype is about.
    WHAT A ZOO!!!!!
    There must have been 500-600 people there! Lined up out the door. They even brought in tented walkways to shade people and keep them out of the rain. They had set up extra 8' folding tables & chairs in every open spot they could find. Extra staff all over the place from other stores back East. There were at least 50 people on the line crankin' out the food!
    Took me 25 minutes to get from the parking lot to a place where someone took my order on the back of a bag and handed it to me. Another 10 minutes to get close to the register to pay. I looked down the line and there were at least 75-100 people standing there waiting for their orders.
    At that point I BAILED!
    I knew if I plunked my money down, then I was due to spend at least another 45 minutes to an hour waiting for my food.
    I'll come back in a year or 2 when things settle down!
     
    post edited by Foodbme - 2013/03/09 23:30:23
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    Re:Portillo's is coming to the Phoenix Area. 2013/03/10 05:30:37 (permalink)
    Better beef sandwiches and hot dogs at Al's in Scottsdale...and the local owners are terrific.
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    Re:Portillo's is coming to the Phoenix Area. 2013/03/10 12:36:06 (permalink)
    Portillos is just ok. Just another chain, nothing to be excited about. Unless Burger King's burgers and shakes excite you and OreIda crinkle cut fries are what you desire.  Then Portillos is the place to go! Not sure why people flock there. I'm pretty sure any local burger/hot dog joint could beat Portillos. I wouldn't go out of my way to go there. 
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    Re:Portillo's is coming to the Phoenix Area. 2013/03/10 13:09:45 (permalink)
    2yumsup

    Portillos is just ok. Just another chain, nothing to be excited about. Unless Burger King's burgers and shakes excite you and OreIda crinkle cut fries are what you desire.  Then Portillos is the place to go! Not sure why people flock there. I'm pretty sure any local burger/hot dog joint could beat Portillos. I wouldn't go out of my way to go there. 

     
    Totally disagree. I have said here before, I have been going to Portillo's since Dick opened his original shop in the 1960's. It is not your average chain. Quality and service is top notch and their drive up at lunch works incredibly fast and smooth. I have been to a Portillo's all across the Chicago area, I have Portillo's served in a work setting with over 100 people being served and I have had Portillo's that had been mail ordered and there has been no difference in taste with their Italian beefs. They are the best. I will say I have never had a hot dog there, hate hot dogs in any shape or form. They do have great char broiled burgers and my veggie partner loves their salads and a grilled veggie sandwich. Portillo's varies and some do ribs and some do Italian but they all have the basic original menu. We love going to Luigis' in Naperville. We have a Portillo's Honey Jam cafe here too. Don't ever compare Portillos to any low life chain.
     
    http://www.portillos.com/
    post edited by kland01s - 2013/03/10 16:14:04
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    Re:Portillo's is coming to the Phoenix Area. 2013/03/10 15:22:47 (permalink)
    myterry2
    Better beef sandwiches and hot dogs at Al's in Scottsdale...and the local owners are terrific.

    If this is the Al's you're referring to, They've CLOSED!
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/famous-uncle-als-hot-dogs-and-grille-phoenix 
    Or are you talking about this one?
    http://www.facebook.com/AlsBeefAZ
     
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    Re:Portillo's is coming to the Phoenix Area. 2013/03/12 00:37:39 (permalink)
    Mar, Portillos is a 45 minute drive for me....and well wirth it. I'd be happy to meet you there some time!
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    Re:Portillo's is coming to the Phoenix Area. 2013/03/12 00:40:24 (permalink)
    Foodbme

    Well, They're here!
    They opened about 2 weeks ago at 90th St & Shea Blvd in Scottsdale.
    There's a second one planned in the Tempe Marketplace, at McClintock & Rio Salado, near ASU in a few months..
    Went to the one in Scottsdale today, around 3 PM, thinking it would be a slow time to go to see what all the hype is about.
    WHAT A ZOO!!!!!
    There must have been 500-600 people there! Lined up out the door. They even brought in tented walkways to shade people and keep them out of the rain. They had set up extra 8' folding tables & chairs in every open spot they could find. Extra staff all over the place from other stores back East. There were at least 50 people on the line crankin' out the food!
    Took me 25 minutes to get from the parking lot to a place where someone took my order on the back of a bag and handed it to me. Another 10 minutes to get close to the register to pay. I looked down the line and there were at least 75-100 people standing there waiting for their orders.
    At that point I BAILED!
    I knew if I plunked my money down, then I was due to spend at least another 45 minutes to an hour waiting for my food.
    I'll come back in a year or 2 when things settle down!


     
    If things have quieted down, give them a try. Italian beef with both sweet and hot peppers---yum! They usually are quite fast.
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    Re:Portillo's is coming to the Phoenix Area. 2013/06/14 13:05:03 (permalink)
    Good food. one day. I will be there.
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    Re:Portillo's is coming to the Phoenix Area. 2013/06/14 16:54:18 (permalink)
    kland01s It is not your average chain. Quality and service is top notch and their drive up at lunch works incredibly fast and smooth. I have been to a Portillo's all across the Chicago area, I have Portillo's served in a work setting with over 100 people being served and I have had Portillo's that had been mail ordered and there has been no difference in taste with their Italian beefs. They are the best. I will say I have never had a hot dog there, hate hot dogs in any shape or form. They do have great char broiled burgers and my veggie partner loves their salads and a grilled veggie sandwich. Portillo's varies and some do ribs and some do Italian but they all have the basic original menu. We love going to Luigis' in Naperville. We have a Portillo's Honey Jam cafe here too. Don't ever compare Portillos to any low life chain.

     
    Hear hear.  Portillo's is exceptional, and it's beyond ridiculous to compare them to fast food rubbish just because they're a chain.   Unlike kland01s, though, I love hot dogs and I think Portillo's version of the Chicago dog is one of the definitive examples.
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    Re:Portillo's is coming to the Phoenix Area. 2013/06/14 19:13:57 (permalink)
    Stopped many times at Portillo's, never a bad meal.
    Always Great!
    Usually Golf Road, easy on and off.
     
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    Re:Portillo's is coming to the Phoenix Area. 2013/06/14 21:58:54 (permalink)
    They're opening a second Portillo's shortly at the Tempe Marketplace on Rio Salado and McCormick soon . They ran ads to hire 200 people. Thousands applyed!
    http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/money/article_94b38a1e-c7ef-11e2-b76f-001a4bcf887a.html
    Who would be crazy enough to open a Hot Dog Joint next to a College Campus with a 70,000 person enrollment? Go figure!!! 
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    Re:Portillo's is coming to the Phoenix Area. 2013/06/14 22:25:55 (permalink)
    EdSails

    Mar, Portillos is a 45 minute drive for me....and well wirth it. I'd be happy to meet you there some time!

    I wanna go, too!!!  I'll send a PM to you guys about possible dates I can visit SoCal.
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    Re:Portillo's is coming to the Phoenix Area. 2013/06/15 17:39:39 (permalink)
    love2bake

    EdSails

    Mar, Portillos is a 45 minute drive for me....and well wirth it. I'd be happy to meet you there some time!

    I wanna go, too!!!  I'll send a PM to you guys about possible dates I can visit SoCal.

    Sounds great!
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    Re:Portillo's is coming to the Phoenix Area. 2013/06/15 19:56:24 (permalink)
    If Portillos is just another chain, then I'll be happy to take a few in my home town....IMHO they do a great job..........pnwc
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    Re:Portillo's is coming to the Phoenix Area. 2013/10/05 23:53:41 (permalink)
    Finally got to Portillo's in Scottsdale for the first time today.
    The question is, "What's the big deal?"
    I was underwhelmed.
    Had an Italian Beef with sweet peppers and it was OK but nothing outstanding.
    The Frozen Fries were tasteless.
    I'll go back and try the Hot Dogs, but I won't be buying any fries nor will I be in any big rush to do so. 
    The one in Tempe is open now and has taken some pressure off of this location but there were still a lot of people in here at 2 PM on a Saturday afternoon.
    Mostly older Chicago Refugee's.
    Go Figure????
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    Re:Portillo's is coming to the Phoenix Area. 2013/10/06 14:11:06 (permalink)
    As I have said before, I was underwhelmed by Portillos. In Illinois, Als beef, to me, is better. I found Portillos beef to be tasteless. Frankly-I make a wonderful Italian beef with au jus. And if I don't make it, I get it from a local Italian deli.
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    Re:Portillo's is coming to the Phoenix Area. 2013/10/20 12:08:36 (permalink)
    Foodbme

    Finally got to Portillo's in Scottsdale for the first time today.
    The question is, "What's the big deal?"
    I was underwhelmed.
    Had an Italian Beef with sweet peppers and it was OK but nothing outstanding.
    The Frozen Fries were tasteless.
    I'll go back and try the Hot Dogs, but I won't be buying any fries nor will I be in any big rush to do so. 
    The one in Tempe is open now and has taken some pressure off of this location but there were still a lot of people in here at 2 PM on a Saturday afternoon.
    Mostly older Chicago Refugee's.
    Go Figure????

     
    From an older Chicagoan, early baby boomer, circa '47, my favorites are:
    Natural casing dog
    Skinless jumbo
    Chocolate malt
    Chocolate cake
     
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