About Porkchop

941 W Randolph
Chicago, IL 60607
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Porkchop is restaurant and bar that dishes out an urban interpretation of a Southern backwoods experience. It is an unapologetically unpretentious neighborhood party spot serving gourmet Southern comfort food and BBQ, and featuring an innovative ‘lowbrow’ bar program with some of the world’s top whiskeys. Porkchop serves brunch, lunch, dinner and late night on Randolph Street, and will provide service for all three-meal periods and late into the evening at its Hyde Park location. The music is edgy and eclectic; live music will be a steady feature in Hyde Park

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food, Barbecue

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm to Midnight
Friday: 4:00pm - 2:00am, Saturday: 4:00pm - 3:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
Sangamon

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 733-9333

Website:
http://chicagoporkchop.com/

Parking Details:
Valet Available on Weekends

Public Transit:
Morgan CTA Green/Pink Line stop

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Private Dining

Semi-private large dining table with seating for 30. Separated from the restaurant by our famous wall of saws, offers a full view of our kitchen. Order a whole pig & watch it come off the smoker! For parties of 70 or larger, the restaurant is available in its entirety for your private party.

Porkchop Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.5

service

3.8

ambience

3.5

noise

Moderate

61% would recommend it to a friend

good for groups (6)
fit for foodies (6)
neighborhood gem (5)
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late-night find (4)
great for lunch (4)
great for brunch (3)
kid-friendly (2)
special occasion (2)
vibrant bar scene (2)
hot spot (2)
notable wine list (1)
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service3
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Must have a list their chef!

Dined on April 10, 2016

Our waitress was very good, but that was the only plus all night. The food was awful! I had the BBQ beef. Very dry! Must have been sitting around for a long time. Asked someone (not our waitress)if I could have some BBQ sauce. He brought over an unmarked container of mayo which I squeezed on my beef. Not a plesent experience!

food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Slipping?

vip
Dined on April 6, 2016

I've been to Porkchop several times. Each time I've ordered the pork chop (why else would you go to a restaurant named Porkchop?) This time, the chop seemed a little thinner than before. It was still delicious and I enjoyed it. The potato side they used to have has been replaced by a redskin garlic mashed. It was good, but not like the old one. And they used to have green beans as a side, and don't even offer it anymore. One of my dining companions had to order a beer three separate times because they were out of the first two. Overall, I think I'll go back, and hope that this experience was abnormal. I really hope that they're not slipping, because I think it's one of the best options on Randolph.

food3
ambience4
service4

Food was ok nothing special.

Dined on March 24, 2016

Food was ok nothing special.

food3
ambience2
service1
value1

West loop let down

Dined on March 20, 2016

I've always been very impressed with meals in the west loop. Until we went to pork chop. Food was average, service was awful. It was really a let down because we had brought our out of town guest (out of the country too) here and feel like we let her down with our dining choice.

food2
ambience4
service3
value4

This was my second time at Porkchop in t ...

Dined on March 19, 2016

This was my second time at Porkchop in the West Loop, and unfortunately the second disappointing visit. The pork ribs that I ordered were dried out to just a sad degree. Food is necessary for life, so I slathered with sauce until it could be eaten. I would love to have a BBQ restaurant that you can get a full meal at for a reasonable price nearby, and Porkchop would be a good value. But such a poor preparation of the staple of the genre can't be overlooked.

Tags: good for groups
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

We enjoyed our experience very much. Th ...

Dined on March 12, 2016

We enjoyed our experience very much. The ambiance, service and food were top notch, will definitely return!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Delicious BBQ and drinks! Definitely eat ...

Dined on February 20, 2016

Delicious BBQ and drinks! Definitely eating here again.

food2
ambience1
service3
value2

The restaurant was freezing cold and wai ...

vip
Dined on January 27, 2016

The restaurant was freezing cold and waiter did not apologize or offer explanation. Ribs were good, but nothing special. Dessert was overly sweet and greasy donut.

food2
ambience2
service2
value2

tip

Dined on January 23, 2016

They added a 20%tip to our bill of two people...I made reservations for 6 and we was sitting at 3 tables with 3 separate checks...and all 3 checks had the 20% gratuity added...

Tags: late-night find
food1
ambience3
service4
value3

Nice People. Food Not So Much

Dined on January 10, 2016

Great concept and very nice service and menu but food was only average. I wouldn't go back because of the food but if real improvements were made on food execution I might change my mind.

food2
ambience3
service1
value2

Not great

vip
Dined on January 8, 2016

Let's start with the food. I got the BBQ platter. The chicken was great. Everything else was meh. Fried chicken, the same way. The service, however, was really bad. We sat for 5 minutes without a greet. The server didn't introduce herself, asked for a drink order, and we ordered everything. 20 minutes for the meal to arrive, and she checked in once and then dropped the check. The place was 1/2 full on a Friday night before a Hawks game. I can see why.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great last minute find

Dined on January 1, 2016

Our family chose Porkchop for New Years, it was great! Great service, great food, great music, great place!

Tags: fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food3
ambience4
service4

Fried Pickles were on the thick side and ...

Dined on December 30, 2015

Fried Pickles were on the thick side and more cucumber than pickle. The coating needs seasoning

food5
ambience3
service4

Lighting was sparse. Little dark for lun ...

Dined on December 4, 2015

Lighting was sparse. Little dark for lunch.

food5
ambience4
service4

Southern lady.

Dined on November 27, 2015

Great experience dining here. We had a nice lunch and the atmosphere was very warm and inviting. i highly recommend eating at the fried ribs as a starter and the cornbread with honey butter which was amazing. Not too bad on prices and the salmon salad is great!

Tags: great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5

Great as always

vip
Dined on October 2, 2015

The food was very good and the service was great. The ribs were tender and very meaty. We will return.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service3

Cornered is amazing!

Dined on September 13, 2015

Cornered is amazing!

food5
ambience5
service5

Porkchop

Dined on August 30, 2015

Great food every time I've been there. The cornbread and honey butter sauce was amazing and loved the pulled pork. Last time I had the chicken and waffles and it was delicious!

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining
food2
ambience3
service2

Not worth it.

Dined on August 22, 2015

Not the best service. Seemed understaffed, but I've read reviews that poor service here is common. The table next to us was waiting 20 min for someone to come by their table. We ordered appetizers and the mac and cheese was disappointing. The bacon wrapped shrimp was ok, the fried pickles just fell apart and I didn't care for the cornmeal breading. We were going to stay for dinner, but decided to leave and eat elsewhere. Oh well.

food4
ambience4
service4

Food and service were very good! It was ...

vip
Dined on July 19, 2015

Food and service were very good! It was a slow night for them so we got lots of attention and it was very quite which was nice. Would recommend to all and will go back!

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience2
service2

Decent food, bad service

vip
Dined on July 18, 2015

I've been to Porkchop twice now and both times the service was not good. The first time I waited 30 min at the bar and never had my order taken, but since it was busy from the Randolph fest I let it go and decided to come back. This time, we had a reso and it wasn't busy and yet the service still left a lot to be desired. The food was good, the sauce was great, but probably wouldn't go back because of the service. There are just too many places that have great BBQ and good service that I recommend skipping this one.

food3
ambience4
service3

Just Ok

vip
Dined on May 29, 2015

started out with the fried pickles and deep fried ribs. Pickles were ok, ribs were tasty - new twist for me, odd but pretty good. Followed with the brisket plate with fries and slaw and a side of mac and cheese. Mac and cheese was a bland as could get and slaw was terrible. Fries were good and brisket was cooked well - didn't have a great deal of smokey flavor but was tender and good. decent selection of sauces. Atmosphere was okay. Dark and a little warm as they had the air off and it was a humid day. Not likely to give it another chance considering the competition.

food1
ambience2
service2

So Disappointed!

Dined on May 24, 2015

I was hoping that this restaurant would have great BBQ but it did not. Extremely disappointed because I live in the neighborhood. The ribs were charred! The tea drink with spiced rum tasted like water. The server did not bring out any wet wipes after our meal. I had to ask on the way out. The 2nd order was incorrect. Terrible. The bad part about it is that the restaurant was relatively empty so no excuse. It is also too dark in the restaurant. Will be the last visit unless they make some drastic changes.

food1
ambience3
service2

very disappointing food

vip
Dined on April 17, 2015

I had the bbq chicken. Totally dried out and basically inedible.

food5
ambience5
service5

Great BBQ at a great price!

vip
Dined on April 16, 2015

If you have never been, get the platter and enjoy all the things they have to offer. (Big enough to share with 2 people). The wings are also amazing!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food4
ambience3
service4

Good BBQ on West Randolph

vip
Dined on April 3, 2015

All BBQ dishes we ordered were very good, as was the fried chicken. Very good beer choices and a nice casual environment. Excellent attentive service makes this a great choice for BBQ on the West Loop.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Bachelor Party Dinner

Dined on March 28, 2015

Porkchop was amazing. We had 15 guys there Saturday night for dinner & everything went great. Service staff was very helpful and friendly, and put up with us well :) Great drink specials, quick service, and the prices for the quality you get are outstanding. I had the deep fried porkchop and it was life-changing. Friends around the table had burgers, steak, all kinds of the selections and every guy left full and happy. Definitely awesome, definitely going to be coming back.

Tags: good for groups
food5
ambience4
service5

come hungry, leave stuffed

vip
Dined on March 28, 2015

great BBQ is hard to beat and PorkChop does it right. we had ribs, chicken, gumbo, fried pickles, and bacon shrimp. One thing tasted better then the next. Drinks also fun and inventive...some terrific mashups with burbon. service was attentive and present when needed but not pushing us out. very hospitable for sure! place was loud and lively on a saturday night. would absolutely go back and enjoy more southern hospitality.

food5
ambience5
service5

The food is great!

vip
Dined on March 24, 2015

The food is great!

food3
ambience3
service3

Chicago BBQ

Dined on March 15, 2015

Not a huge BBQ fan but I'd say Porkchop was descent for Chicago. We went there for my husband’s birthday and brought his 60+ year old parents. While my husband and I had a great meal my in-laws quickly found things to complain about including: not having enough lighting to see the menu, it being too loud, and too cold. Besides the in-laws complaining we had a great meal. And the poor server tried desperately to please everyone at my table. We would definitely come back without the in-laws next time.

food5
ambience4
service3

Awesome BBQ

Dined on March 8, 2015

Porkchop has awesome BBQ food! I had the half roasted BBQ chicken and it was so juicy and the perfect amount of char, smokiness and sauce. The rest of our group had various other items - brisket, chicken and waffles, pulled chicken sandwich and the fried chicken and it all looked, smelled and tasted amazing. The sides were great too! The ambiance in the restaurant was very energetic and when it was full it was very noisy. Once a couple of the big groups left it quieted down and was easier to have conversations at our table. Overall, a great experience and a great BBQ place in the west loop!

Tags: good for groups, great for lunch
food2
ambience2
service1

Just OK

Dined on March 6, 2015

I have been to Porkchop before and I had a very different experience. This time the waitress was very rude, sum of the food was served cold. The wings were tasty and the drinks are pricey and in very small glass! WHO DOES THAT?? Overall nothing special and I will continue to remember the great first experience I had at Porkchop.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience3
service5

It was dark and quite chilly, otherwise ...

vip
Dined on March 2, 2015

It was dark and quite chilly, otherwise we had a great time!

food5
ambience3
service4

Great food

Dined on February 19, 2015

I went to Pork Chop for my birthday and was pleasantly surprised. We got the wings for our appetizer and the ribs and catfish for dinner, Along with the macaroni and cheese and collards greens. I had enough food to take home with me. I will definitely be back.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4

Good food great price ribs were ready to go back

Dined on February 15, 2015

Food atmosphere were great Ribs were very good wife's chicken and pulled pork was very good also as well as the soup

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience3
service5

Excellent BBQ

vip
Dined on February 15, 2015

We went here for an anti-Valentine's Day dinner and to our surprise Restaurant week was extended. The service and food was excellent! It was also a great deal! I'm not a huge fan of the communal type dining set up, but it was worth it for the food. The chef sent out some complementary food samples as well. We were pleasantly surprised with how great the food was and would highly recommend it for any occasion!

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food3
ambience3
service2

we didn't get very good service we were

Dined on February 15, 2015

They ran a special that was for $33 dollars we asked the waiter was this the price per person and she said no together we got our food meat were dry Cole slaw was the absolute worst bake beans was not good at all we got water but no straw food but we had to ask for utensils and napkins and waiter acted like she was mad every time we asked for anything ie spoon straw etc

food2
ambience2
service2

Dark environment, bland food

Dined on February 9, 2015

It was really hard to see the dark (brown paper bag colored) menus in this dimly lit venue and the food looked really good, but was kind of bland.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Uniquely decorated, and fried ribs.

vip
Dined on February 9, 2015

Everything was amazing. Honestly, we couldn't really wrap our heads around the idea of fried ribs, but you need to try them.

Tags: great for lunch
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

GOOD!

Dined on January 24, 2015

THis was my first time dining at pork chop but the food was very good. I ordered the fish and a friend ordered the pork chop. Great choices and the drinks were also good. There are no bad choices on the menu.

Tags: good for groups, neighborhood gem

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