Location: 555 E. 81st Ave., Merrillville

Phone: 219-769-8300


Portillo's has been serving all-beef hot dogs in the Region since 2006 when it opened its first Indiana location in Merrillville. The original hot dog stand—a 6 by 12-foot trailer in Villa Park, Illinois, known as “The Dog House”—opened in 1963, and new locations have opened recently in Illinois, Wisconsin and Florida. A second Indiana location will open in Fishers, Indiana, later this year.

“We take great pride in the Chicago-style dogs we serve to Northwest Indiana,” says Merrillville manager, Michael Hels. “Mr. Portillo's standards are just as high as they were in 1963.”

“It's nice to have our efforts appreciated and the quality of our products recognized by our guests,” he says. “We couldn't be happier with the turnout, year in and year out.”

“Good food and quick service set us apart from our competition,” says Hels. “The friendliness of the service in the drive-thru cannot be compared. The atmosphere inside is like a step backwards in time with bustling crowds in a 1930s setting.”

Dick Portillo has been quoted as saying, "Long lines don't impress people. Long lines that move fast impress people.”

Portillo's also serves Italian beef, burgers, fries, shakes, and their world famous chocolate cake, and an all-new seasonal salad menu is being introduced soon.


Arnie’s Doghouse

Location: 8125 Calumet Ave., Munster

Phone: 219-836-2867


Boz Hot Dogs

Locations: 1205 Sheffield, Dyer; 2513 Ridge Road, Lansing

Phone: 219-322-6564 (Dyer), 708-895-8515 (Lansing)