Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
83. Chicago Dog from Portillo's Hot Dogs
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When Portillo's first opened in Arizona, the Chicago-area chain had hour long lines. If you were already a Portillo's fan, waiting that hour was no problem after the years and years you probably waited for the restaurant to make its Phoenix-area debut. If you weren't already a fan, chances are you quickly joined the Portillo's cult. Welcome.
While the char-grilled hamburgers, Italian beef sandwiches, addicting cheese fries, and sinful chocolate cake shakes are all good reason to stop in to either the North Scottsdale or Tempe locations, if you really want a legit taste of Chicago, you have to get the hot dog. See, at Portillo's you don't have to specify Chicago dog when you order because that's the default. You'll get onions, tomatoes, relish, a pickle, sport peppers, mustard, and, of course, celery salt.
All of that goodness is piled on a 100 percent Vienna beef dog and delivered on a soft sesame seed bun. Best of all, the whole shebang is only $2.65. Just please, for the love of the Windy City, do not put ketchup on it.
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