My Facebook feed is buzzing today as word has gotten out that Rockford may soon have a Portillo's Restaurant location.

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YUMMY! According to Wikipedia, The Portillo's menu includes:

Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef, hamburgers, sandwiches, ribs, and salads, as well as beer and wine.

They also offer dessert items such as chocolate cake (notable for the rumor that mayonnaise is an ingredient) and milkshakes, and a mix of the two, the Chocolate Cake Shake, which is basically a piece of the chocolate cake blended in with a chocolate shake.


The chain's main competition are mostly local, privately owned stores, most of which also specialize in Italian beef and Chicago-style hot dogs.

I personally love their ribs as I dine at the Sycamore location all the time.

The specifics about a possible location are not known at this time. News reports indicate that Portillo's is advertising that it is looking for a store manager for a position based in Rockford.

So let's help Portillos out.  Where would be the perfect location to build a Portillo's in the Stateline?