After a few years of serving Avondale smoked meats with its own spin, Pork Shoppe has opened shop in Chicago’s northside neighborhood of Andersonville. While Pork Shoppe strives to elevate the simplicity of barbecue while maintaining the authenticity of traditional techniques, it focuses on world flavor profiles inspired by the proprietors’ European roots.
Pork Shoppe is a casual, comfortable spot with no frills, and a lot of very cool reclaimed surfaces. Almost everything in the restaurant is reclaimed and reused, and the large windows around the space allow an abundance of light to flow in. The service is extremely friendly and welcoming, and just the place you want to go to enjoy a local draft beer or home made cocktail and some meats cooked low and slow over a curated blend of hard woods.
My husband and I visited for weekend brunch, and started our Sunday Funday with the Brisket Bourbon Bloody for him, and the Apple Cider Mimosa for me. The Bloody was made with house made Bloody mix and featured a generous amount of freshly ground pepper, and I absolutely loved my seasonal mimosa made with local apple cider.
We then shared the Pimiento Cheese appetizer. The baguettes were warm, buttery and delicious, and the perfect vehicle to enjoy the mix of sharp cheddar cheese, pimiento puree, and a hint of smoked paprika. This dish transported me back to Charleston.
I decided to try the Migas for my entree – not something I would typically order, but the preparation sounded intriguing, and unique to other variations. Tortilla chips were topped with tomatoes, onions, and black beans, and sat atop a generous mound of delicious refried beans. My two over easy eggs blended harmoniously, and the Salsa Roja added a bit of spice, while the fresh Verde Salsa offered a fresh flavor. These breakfast nachos were quite pleasing!
When my husband’s Breakfast Burrito arrived, we were both aghast at its sheer size! Large enough to be served on a platter rather than a plate, the flour tortilla was filled with scrambled eggs, spicy sausage, potatoes, refried beans, jalapeños, and onions, and was topped with Salsa Rojo. The addition of the potatoes made the burrito extra heavy, and it would probably be just as good without them, or even on the side, but even with the extra carbs, it was a tasty way to start the day.
We really enjoyed our brunch and would recommend it for a casual and easy weekend meal. I am eager to return for lunch or dinner to try some of its smoked meats and other dishes, as well as the house made barbecue sauces, including the KC Style Sweet & Sticky, Carolina Style Tart & Tangy, and Southwest Style Wicked Spicy.
Pork Shoppe Andersonville is open for lunch Monday through Friday, for brunch and lunch Saturday through Monday, and for dinner seven days a week. Reservations are accepted.
5721 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60660
While my meal was complimentary, all opinions expressed herein are my own.