Rockford is home to two of the most popular fast-food chains that fans believe need to cast a wider net.

As in, people want to see these places in more than just a few different states.

Thrillist's 13 Midwestern Fast Food Chains the Entire Country Needs features two places that are in town.

WE USED TO HAVE THREE RESTAURANTS ON THE LIST

Actually, three when you consider Harold's Chicken Shack. Unfortunately, that didn't last very long in Rockford.

Harold's Chicken Shack opened in the Spring of 2019 and promptly closed later that year.

HAROLD'S IS GONE BUT CULVER'S AND PORTILLO'S AREN'T GOING ANYWHERE

However, Culver's and Portillo's have been doing just fine in the Forest City. They're so popular Thrillist believes the "Entire Country Needs" them.

Thrillist on Culver's:

They boast not only the crispy-edged, endlessly juicy perfection that is the Butterburger (named for its butter-brushed buns, of course), but also distinctly Midwesterns stalwarts like fried cheese curds and frozen custard.

Thrillist on Portillo's:

Portillo’s is the most famous of its purveyors, giving the standard dog joint the comically old-school theme park treatment with red brick interiors, cabby-hatted servers, and a plethora of Chicago sports memorabilia splayed across the walls. But it’s not all for show—Portillo’s meticulous take on the sausage classic is the best you’ll find outside the Second City, or, according to its many devotees, even inside it.

Culver's has four locations in the Rockford area and is rated a 4.5 out of 5 on Trip Advisor.

There's only one Portillo's in Rockford, 6090 East State Street and rate a 4 out of 5 on Trip Advisor.

If you had to pick only one of these to eat for the rest of your life, which would it be? Portillo's or Culver's?

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