09 May Avondale Restaurant Crawl participating restaurant: Pork Shoppe
Marlena Ascher, NAC founder and president, visits the participating restaurants of the 4th Annual Avondale Restaurant Crawl. Avondale Restaurant Crawl happening June 1, 2016. Kicking off at 6PM at Brands Park in Avondale, Chicago. Check out the event details here or find us on Facebook!
Production services provided by Grace Pisula
Music | Jazzy Frenchy – Bensound.com
Quick service—slow cooked is Pork Shoppe’s motto.
Once again they will be participating in the Avondale Restaurant Crawl. This year they will be offering brisket tacos. See the video above for a description to make your mouth water.
Pork Shoppe brought American BBQ to the Avondale neighborhood six years ago. They do not specialize in a particular region but “take the best flavors of American classics from around the country… and put our own spin on them.”
It’s a small operation where everything is made in-house, including the sauces and coleslaw.
They offer three sauces on the side—spicy, tangy, sweet—so customers can take what they want and can even mix-and-match. How about a a hot-and-tangy? A tangy-and-sweet?
They want to give an atmosphere of going to someone’s backyard for a BBQ. So they carry soft drinks, some distinguished bourbons, and beer. Things they like at a good price.
One visitor says he and his wife “love this place.” One reason is the great sauces. Other reasons are the good selection of craft brews, bourbons, and prices that are “very comparable.” And, “there are few BBQ places that do sausages.”
They offer friendly, casual service, aiming to greet customers and direct them to the menu. For instance, they might call out to a regular customer, “You’re next, Jessie!”
Steven Ford and Mike Schimmel are co-owners. They both have long histories in food service. In 1999 Steven opened a restaurant called Tizi Melloul and employed Mike, setting the stage for Pork Shoppe.
Many of the items decorating the wall are authentic; they came from Mike’s mom’s farm. On the counter is a chicken feeder that dispenses free chocolate kisses. When Mike was growing up, his mom always gave out chocolate kisses to the kids that came around, and she insists that Mike do the same for the customers.
2755 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago
Recently they opened a second location:
5721 N. Clark St., Chicago (Andersonville neighborhood)