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Openings Thu Mar 07 2013

The Third Westernmost Portillo's

portillo's scottsdale arizona
That may look like any other Portillo's you've been to, but there's a difference: this one is located all the way out in Scottsdale, AZ.

The newest location in the hot dog and Italian beef chain opened Feb. 26 to serve the large Chicago ex-pat community in the Phoenix area; my grandmother, who moved to Scottsdale 20 years ago, and her friends couldn't stop talking about it on a recent visit. On opening day, there was a line down the block, and a week later the shop is still receiving throngs of folks eager for an authentic beef with sweet peppers. The photo above was sent to me by my mother, who's visiting out there, and who reported that around a hundred people were in line behind her at lunchtime.

Wondering which Portillo's are farther away? There are two locations east of Los Angeles, in Buena Park and Moreno Valley. A second Arizona store will open in Tempe this summer.

alan lake / March 10, 2013 2:18 PM

There's an Al's in Scottsdale as well. Can't vouch for it but on any day here in Chi, they're better than Portillo's.

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