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Portillo's / Barnelli's

Hot Dog Joint and American Restaurant$$$$
Crystal Lake
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  • Don't forget it is Thanksgiving Day today. You may want to call to confirm this place is open.
  • Danielle F.
    "The Italian beef and chopped salad are amazing!!"(6 Tips)
    John V.
    "Love the chopped salad, just got a jumbo dog this time though."(9 Tips)
    Jane S.
    "The chocolate cake shake was invented by the angels of Heaven."(3 Tips)
    Rick P.
    "Get the cheesy beef with cheese sauce not grated cheese."(2 Tips)
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  • Brian
    BrianAugust 14
    The Italian Beef is overrated and the service has gone downhill since being sold a few years. No thanks Crystal Lake has a better Italian Beef joint that has been there for 49 years at 14 and Dole.
  • Paul C.
    Lemon cake was dry and lacked lemon flavor. Very disappointed. I gave 1/2 away before tasting it. They had the same opinion. Would never buy again
  • Mary T.
    Mary TApril 27
    Peasant pasta is delicious! And so is pretty much every other pasta dish on the menu.
  • Brian B.
    Natives rave about the beef sandwiches and hot dogs, although I have not had either.
  • Ratalie C.
    Ratalie ComprNovember 19, 2015
    The polish and fries are good. Chocolate cake good. Average place , ok, but highly overrated for the most part! Nothing really bad nothing really great!!!
  • Alex L.
    Alex LibesOctober 25, 2015
    Chicken pecan salad barely fits on the plate, is full of flavorful ingredients, with thick sweet honey-based dressing on a side.
  • Alex L.
    Alex LibesOctober 25, 2015
    Garbage salad is a no-carbs option, although light on meat.
  • Angie N.
    Angie NewtonOctober 8, 2015
    Tuna Caesar Salad yum
  • Becca
    BeccaAugust 2, 2015
    I highly recommend the chocolate cake, cheese fries, Italian beef, chopped salad and rigatoni ala vodka
  • 007
    007July 15, 2015
    Deep fried fare, pasta, salads.
  • John V.
    John Van DuzerFebruary 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I like the chopped salad a lot. I would like to order a beef or combo sometimes, but I can't get past the salad.
  • Bob D.
    Bob DeGraffJanuary 2, 2015
    Not a fan of their pastas at all.
  • Lisa D.
    Lisa Demuth/KourosNovember 21, 2014
    Cheesy Beef
  • Carrie T.
    Carrie ThorsonOctober 5, 2014
    Amazing beef and chocolate shakes.
  • Ryan J.
    Ryan JohnsonSeptember 15, 2014
    Salad from Barnelli's made me sick.
  • Adam R.
    Adam R.September 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the combo! Beef and sausage, the best of both worlds.
  • Piano T.
    Piano TrendsJuly 3, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Quality fast food
  • Jane S.
    Jane ScarimJune 1, 2014
    The chocolate cake shake was invented by the angels of Heaven.
  • Hailey F.
    Hailey FletcherMay 21, 2014
    It's all about the chocolate cake shake
  • Jeremy S.
    Jeremy StampMay 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    This Portillo's is beyond incompetent. The service is horrible. Waited over 10 minutes at the cold beer counter. Asks to other employees to help, no help. Even called the phone # no help
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica MarieApril 30, 2014
    Cheesey beef crossiant 👌
  • Pete J.
    Pete JohnsonMarch 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get to he char-grilled chicken sandwich, ribs, and end with either tiramisu or chocolate eclair. Everything's good, but I have these regulars.
  • Piano T.
    Piano TrendsMarch 27, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Pefect tonight
  • Jason D.
    Jason DorenMarch 3, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Grilled Tuna and Chopped salad
  • Dan M.
    Dan MohnenFebruary 16, 2014
    For hot dogs don't wait more than 10 minutes. They lost my order and I waited 25.
  • Piano T.
    Piano TrendsFebruary 8, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Great carryout
  • Intimate J.
    Intimate JourneysJanuary 22, 2014
    What can I say - the fries are great !!!! The rest of the menu is a bonus.
  • Kelly H.
    Kelly HarringtonJanuary 13, 2014
    Try the Poppyseed Fruit w/ Chicken salad!! It's so delicious (:
  • John V.
    John Van DuzerSeptember 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the chopped salad, just got a jumbo dog this time though.
  • K. K.
    K. K.August 27, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Al greets you as you enter the dining area. Tell him I sent'cha.
  • Danielle F.
    Danielle FracalossiAugust 25, 2013
    The Italian beef and chopped salad are amazing!!
  • Andrew E.
    Andrew ErbstoesserAugust 6, 2013
    It was great food
  • Sandy
    SandyJuly 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best beef in the country.
  • Steve B.
    Steve BoreeMay 26, 2013
    Try the chocolate cake! Very good salads. I know everyone loves the beef, but do not overlook the burgers!
  • Shari S.
    Shari SimpsonMarch 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Know your order when using the drive thru - there will be no time to look at the menu ...which equals HOT, FAST and AMAZING food.
  • Justin B.
    Justin BanaszynskiFebruary 10, 2013
    Put a pickle on your hot dog. Trust me, it works. Love the chocolate cake too!
  • Joan K.
    Joan KrieteJanuary 5, 2013
    Try the eclair cake omg!!! So good everyone gets chocolate this one is a hidden gem!
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel S.July 14, 2012
    The chocolate cake shake is absolutely heavenly.
  • Ramona C.
    Ramona ClarkJuly 8, 2012
    Try the beef, wet with fries!
  • Gerry
    GerryJune 16, 2012
    The Italian beef sandwiches are great. If you watch Conan, they were used in a bit on Thursday.
  • Gayle S.
    Gayle StoneMay 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The best chocolate cake EVER
  • Mark U.
    Mark UrbanApril 30, 2012
    Always the best. No one tops Portillos. Hope this place never changes. True Chicago menu and taste.
  • Carmen S.
    Carmen SandersApril 10, 2012
    their food is awesome...at times its soo hard to choose what too get cuz its all soooo good!!!
  • Sir.Nathan S.
    Sir.Nathan StassenApril 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Sometimes I give them a goofy name - like say Carlo Gambino, or Frank Lucas. Or if you are good, you and a friend can share the names Bonnie and Clyde!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MMarch 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Cheese fries are great!
  • Sandy W.
    Sandy WinkelmanMarch 12, 2012
    It's all good. Can't go wrong with Portillos
  • Jennifer Marie ι.
    Love the grilled chicken sandwich!! GRILLED TO PERFECTION!!!
  • Kirsten H.
    Kirsten HeftDecember 24, 2011
    Beef N Cheddar Croissant is my fav but make sure they dont make it too wet or it will fall apart.
  • Steve D.
    Steve DDecember 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Agreed, the chopped salad is terrific, altho it can be a little heavy on the onions.
  • Kevin
    KevinNovember 29, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Pesto pasta from Barnellis is a must have!!
  • Jen M.
    Jen MtzSeptember 16, 2011
    The Chopped salad is great but recommend getting the bacon on the side if saving some for another time; bacon will get mealy because of the moisture.
  • Taylor W.
    Taylor WadlingtonSeptember 9, 2011
    Can't ever go wrong with Portillo's...
  • Samantha U.
    Samantha UJuly 19, 2011
    The rigatoni el vodka from barnellis is soo good recommend it all the way!
  • Dens
    DensJune 16, 2011
    For all the NYC kids, the hot dogs here are like Shake Shack's "Chicago" dog. I was expecting a food truck (not a chain) but I'll be back to try the "Polish"
  • Rick P.
    Rick PJune 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the cheesy beef with cheese sauce not grated cheese. You'll love it
  • Melinda T.
    Melinda ThomasMay 29, 2011
    The chocolate cake is sent from heaven it's a must try!
  • Brandon P.
    Brandon ParvinApril 27, 2011
    Nothing like this in Arizona!
  • Drew E.
    Drew EriksonApril 21, 2011
    Strawberry Shake is awesome! Highly recommend it(even if it is snowing outside!)
  • Linda T.
    Linda TravisApril 8, 2011
    Chopped salad!
  • Brittany R.
    Brittany RestrepoSeptember 27, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The hot dogs, burgers and chopped salad are amazing.
  • Chris G.
    Chris GouldSeptember 26, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The meatballs rock
  • Jaime M.
    Jaime MartinezSeptember 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Chicken Caesar Pita. It is deliciousness.
  • Michael C.
    Michael ChangMarch 28, 2010
    Order the Italian beef dipped, with sweet pepper and hot peppers on the side. Get fries with cheese sauce too!
  • Mike H.
    Mike HonchoMay 28, 2014
    Best food, no doubter
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