Chicago: land of hotdogs and beef sandwiches. Who would have thought that a chain restaurant known for these aforementioneds would also be famous for its cake? Cheese fries, sure. Shakes, yeah. But cake?? Oh hello, Portillo’s!
That’s right. This layered wedge of *moist* cake and fudgy frosting is made possible by a hotdog shop. It looks like a cartoon slice of chocolate cake came to life. Like Mickey Mouse might for sure eat this on his birthday. It’s a generous slice with the perfect proportions of cake/frosting. Just the thing to round out a sodium-laden drive-thru lunch (or dinner, or breakfast…no judgement here).
Now, if you pull up to a Portillo’s, chances are it will look like a goddamn carnival from the outside. There could be colored flags like at a used car sales lot, there could be a line of 45 cars waiting to place an order. DO NOT BE DETERRED. They are pros and everything will run smoothly. My local location at Clark/Ontario, for instance, has some kind of system going on with post-it notes applied to your windshield. How they keep this order/payment/delivery/get-out-of-the-driveway arrangement moving is a thing of beauty in itself.
HOT TIPS FOR ALL:
- If you live in the Chicagoland area: do yourself a favor and sign up for free cake.
- If you do not live in the Chicagoland area: guess what? The secret ingredients for the cake are basically Betty Crocker cake mix and mayonnaise. What? Yes. And now maybe it makes a bit more sense that it’s sold alongside sausage/beef combos??