Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, char-grilled Maxwell Street-style Polish sausages, cake shakes -- it can only be Portillo's, the Illinois-based restaurant chain in business since 1963 and beloved by Chicago transplants throughout the Valley.
And next week, Arizona gets its first one.
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The 50th location of the largest privately owned restaurant company in the Midwest will open its doors at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 26, at 10574 North 90th Street in Scottsdale.
The 8,721-square-foot restaurant includes a patio and, like all Portillo's restaurants, will be filled with vintage memorabilia reflecting founder Dick Portillo's love of history -- especially Chicago history.
Portillo's will continue its Arizona expansion with a second location planned to open this summer at the Tempe Marketplace (Rio Salado Parkway and McClintock Drive) in Tempe. The Chicago-based Portillo's currently operates in three states.