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555 E 81st Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410-5789
+1 219-769-8300
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“italian beef” (85 reviews)
“hot dog” (86 reviews)
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Italian, American, Fast food, Vegetarian Friendly
££ - £££
555 E 81st Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410-5789
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, nice and fast service. Very clean, a lot of food you get for the prices! Always busy which told me it must be good when I first went.

Thank amandasU892QO
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A really fun atmosphere, kind of loud, but if you don't sit by the food bar and a few booths close to that, it is fine. We couldn't believe all they have, in the food line. Anything, from ribs to burgers, hotdogs, coney dogs, and...More

Thank Patsy464
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Always friendly service and quality is consistent at all Portillos. I usually only order the beef sandwiches or a salad. Tamales are quite good. Grilled chicken is always fresh and juicy.

Thank 875patricam
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best beef and cheddar hands down!!! Also highly recommend the burgers. Love the way the staff rhymes when they call our your order number. Very clean and the staff is super friendly.

Thank Janet F
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

Fantastic Italian beef!! Not had anything else from there, always get this cuz it's so good. Will get fries too, but 2 of us can share small.

Thank Mitchell H
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

Real Chicago style sandwiches it doesn't get much better than that real comfortable feeling.and loved the food

Thank Michael L
Reviewed 7 May 2017

very upset that the Poppyseed Fruit With Chicken Salad is no longer available. This was what I got every time I came. Guess I won't be going here any more.

Thank Danielle Y
Reviewed 6 May 2017

On our trip back from Ohio to visit relatives, on the way back to Chicago, we try to not eat half way, and hold out for those great Chicago style hot dogs in Merrillville. We've loved Portillo's hot dogs and fries in the Chicagoland area,...More

Thank delmd2015
Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

Hot dogs, italian beef, cheese fries, and chocolate cake. This place is awesome and it is ran like a machine.

Thank burtonjc100
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

Nothing like a huge tasty Italian beef. Are that very fast. Nice menu choices for adults and kids. Clean with lots of seating. Fast service. Onion rings a little bland. Malt is very good. Conveniently located and apparently a massive drive thru although we went...More

Thank Sandy B
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Kelli F
Is outdoor seating available or are dogs allowed?
10 June 2017|
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Response from Frederick G | Reviewed this property |
No dogs allowed, and no outdoor seating at the Merrillville location.
Joyce B
Can I place an order to pick up Friday at 12 on line? If not, what is the earliest I can order tomorrow?
21 October 2016|
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Response from 400orange | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can order ahead and they have a drive through to pick up
Eleanore H
can I order from your catering department for a pick up today?
17 July 2016|
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Response from Mark P | Reviewed this property |
I believe so
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:30 - 22:30
10:30 - 00:00
10:30 - 00:00
10:30 - 00:00
10:30 - 00:00
10:30 - 00:00
10:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 555 E 81st Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410-5789
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Merrillville
  • Phone Number: +1 219-769-8300
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Home to America's favorite Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef, burgers, salads, and chocolate cake.
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