Portillo's in Scottsdale: The Happiest Reunion Between Girl and Food
When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out and let you know our initial impressions. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).
Heather Hoch I love you, Portillo's.
For as long as I can remember, whenever one of my family members goes back to visit my homeland, Chicago, I ask for one thing: Go to Portillo's and bring me back some cheese fries. So calling this a "First Taste" is a bit of a misnomer, as I teethed on Portillo's as a tot.
Location: 10574 North 90th Street in Scottsdale
Open: One day
Eats: Chicago-style dogs, sandwiches, burgers and more
Price: $10 per person
Before today, it had been over a decade since I'd eaten there, as all of my requests to fly it back for me went unheeded. I figured, there's no way it's still as good as I remember -- I've eaten almost everything on the menu at FnB and have had Chris Bianco's pizza -- because my tastes surely must have matured.
Waiting for about 45 minutes for a hot dog or an Italian beef might seem completely bonkers, but the wait was standard all day. It's not that the line didn't move quickly or that there weren't about 100 employees all doing their darndest to keep the flow going -- there were just that many people there.
Heather Hoch I already waited a decade, so what's 45 minutes?
After quite possibly the most eagerly awaited food line of my life, I ordered my hot dog. It's simply called a hot dog, as the Chicago-area classic joint assumes that it should have mustard (not ketchup!), pickles, onions, sliced tomato, sport peppers, and celery salt. They assume right. Each bite of the $2.59 dog was a taste of the Windy City-- plus you can make it jumbo for only $0.50 more.