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Porky's Barbecue

lil mikey | Apr 30, 2006 08:57 PM

Porky’s is on Manchester, almost directly diagonal from the Forum and very close to Hollywood Park. This would be a good place to go before a show, or after a hard day of racing (wink wink).

It seems new inside. The paint is bright and it’s kept pretty clean.

They have all the normal barbecue stuff… ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chicken, etc.

I think I prepared my entire tax return in the time it took the two ladies in front of me to order a cheeseburger combo. So by the time I got to the girl at the register, she was both frustrated and relieved.

Despite all the drama of the cheeseburger combo, she was very nice and seemed genuinely glad to have me as a customer.

As it was first on the list, I ordered the pulled pork sandwich, with one side: Mac & Cheese. There are about 20 tables in there, so unlike Phillips, you can actually eat in. If you get it “for here,” they bring the food to you. There are free refills on the drinks. After the lady served me the food, she came out from behind the counter twice to ask if it was okay and if I needed anything else… great service.

Like any of the good barbecue places, the sandwich isn’t really a sandwich. It’s called a sandwich simply because they serve it with bread. In this case, they put the bottom part of a hamburger bun on the bottom of a square paper serving dish, and then fill the dish with the meat and sauce. Then they put the top of the bun over the top. There’s basically no way you can pick it up and eat it like a sandwich. But that’s okay.

The meat is tender, obviously slow cooked, and stringy as I like it. The sauce has a little kick to it, but it’s not overpoweringly spicy.

The real surprise was the side of mac & cheese. It’s served in a little pie tin, and they actually cover it with grated cheese, which is then melted over the top to form a crust. The mac & cheese itself is good… cheesy with some black pepper. I grew up on Kraft mac & cheese, so I freely admit that my point of reference is a little limited. But to me this one was pretty good. (As an aside, in addition to the old Kraft, I really like the Trader Joe’s M&C).

I’ll go back to Porky’s, but I won’t drive across town.

Porky’s Barbecue
801 E Manchester Blvd. (1 block west of Prairie)
(310) 671-2900

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