I just had Portillo's Italian beef sandwiches for dinner.
Am I in Chicago? No. Did I go to Buena Park or Moreno Valley? No. I went to Portillo's website, and ordered a sandwich pack.
You get 8 sandwich loaves of bread, 2 1-lb packs of Italian beef (slow-roasted, seasoned, bottom round, extremely thin cut), a bag of roasted green peppers, 2 tubs of jus, and a bottle of Marconi giardiniera (the best available, except for maybe Il Primo). All sent priority in a styrofoam box with ice packs.
Toast the bread, heat the just, soak the meat, assemble sandwich. I like mine "hot and wet", which means copious amounts of giardiniera, and lots of jus.
Amazing. Hubby finally agrees that Portillo's is better than Philippe's in LA. And at $68 for the fixings for 8 sandwiches, not a bad deal, considering local prices for inferior product. Definitely not local, not slow food. But worth it every now and then. (You can also get 20 sandwiches for $150, and 40 sandwiches for $265. They also have ribs and Chicago-style hot dogs, which are good, but I can't say no to the Italian beef.)
By the way, this is a completely unpaid, unsponsored, uncompensated post. I grew up with Portillo's, and miss it frequently.