Portillo’s Is Bringing Chicago Hot Dogs to Florida Next Year

The Illinois-based restaurant is opening its first location in Florida

Portillo's is best known for Chicago hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches.

Portillo’s is heading to Florida in March 2016.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that the restaurant known for Chicago hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches will be opening in Brandon, Florida, on the corner of State Road 60 and Lakewood Drive.

Chicago hot dogs consist of a Vienna or red hot Chicago dog on a poppy seed bun with mustard, relish, chopped onions, two half-moon tomato slices, one pickle spear, two sport peppers, and celery salt. Italian beef sandwiches are shaved roasted beef soaked in pan juices with sweet peppers and “giardiniera,” or chopped pickled vegetables.

According to Portillo’s website, the restaurant will have a 1930s Prohibition theme, just like the two California locations and some of its Illinois outposts. There will also be a double drive-thru lane to accommodate as many cars as possible.


Portillo’s first opened in 1963 on North Avenue in Villa Park, Illinois. The chain expanded to California in 2005, then to Indiana and Arizona. More restaurants will be opening in Illinois soon. There are currently a total of 50 Portillo’s restaurants in the United States.