Final Destination for Chicago’s Restaurant Week: Porkchop
Yesterday, was the last day for Chicago’s Restaurant Week. I decided to choose another restaurant in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. I needed to pick a place that at first glance would not be on my radar. With that said, I chose Porkchop.
If you have been reading my blog, you know, I do not eat pork. Because of that tidbit, I would have simply walked past Porkchop, located at 941 W. Randolph St.
For starters, I ordered ‘The Wings’. These slow smoked hot wings set the tone for my experience. They were packed with so much flavor that I forgot my table manners. Yep, I couldn’t help but lick my fingers. This appetizer was served with a choice of ranch or blue cheese dressing. Truth be told, you do not need the ranch or blue cheese dressing.
Next up was a side salad. It was a traditional side salad made with mixed greens, tomatoes, carrots, red onions, and cucumbers. What I appreciated about the salad is that it was made with fresh vegetables and the right amount of each vegetable. What upsets me most is when restaurants serve wilted lettuce with one tomato and a sliver of a carrot and call it a salad. Porkchop serves a true side salad.
For my entrée, I experienced the ‘Slow Smoked BBQ Chicken’ served with fries and coleslaw. The chicken was moist and flavorful. You can tell that the chef relied more on the smoking of the chicken to flavor the chicken as opposed to the rub to flavor the chicken. What I appreciate about Porkchop’s method is that the flavor penetrates deep to the bone without over seasoning the meat.
The BBQ sauce was a great tasting compliment that accompanied the chicken. NOTE: The chicken is served with the sauce on it. I am sure, if you ask, they will place the sauce on the side if you are not a fan of your food sauced before hand.
A friend of mine accompanied me to Porkchop. She let me taste a piece of the chicken that came with ‘The Chicken & Waffles’. Let’s just say, when I go back to Porkchop, I already know what I am going to order.
For dessert, I had the rum raisin bread pudding. I was so stuffed that I couldn’t truly enjoy the dessert. I can say that I am glad that I saved it for the next day.
Porkchop will be worth me going back. This casual restaurant is friendly and comfortable. The epitome of comfortable is the roll of paper towels sitting on the table. Trust me, you will be glad that the roll is on the table. They also have a full bar. Order a drink and some food. Be sure to tell me what you think of Porkchop.