Portillo's has its first location outside of Illinois ... in Buena Park, California!
(Not altogether surprising, there is a "California menu," which basically consists of the same food at higher prices. And I thought that only happened in Hawaii.)
I was just telling some folks how I missed Chicago dogs and Italian beef sandwiches. If we can just get a Buona Beef, a Potbelly, and (please please please!) a Papa Murphy's in SoCal, ah ... life would be a dream.
An OC Weekly review of Portillo's (they named it one of the best new restaurants of 2005):
*You'll need to cut and paste the link--sorry, it's one of those temporary ones.