Had a late lunch at Porky's after losing money at Hollywood Park. Porky's was sooo good
I forgot all about the huge gambling losses.
Walked in and was immediately asked if this was my first time? When I replied yes, the woman behind the counter gave me a veritable sampler platter - bites of brisket, pulled pork, and a rib tip, greens, mac & cheese, and beans. Free!!!! They do Kansas City style Q here and having recently been to KC where I went to three BBQ joints in six hours (Arthur Bryant's, Fiorella's Jack's Stack, and Gates) man, Porky's beats them all, no contest.
I loved the pulled pork, best I've ever tasted. But I was in the mood for eating light, but eating ribs. I ordered the rib tips and a side of greens. After a ten minute wait - OMG! The rib tips came out perfectly cooked, moist and charred just right. Not overdone like in most places. The order was huge and they came, oddly enough, served on a bed of grilled green peppers and onions - very fajita-like. And they were piping hot, I asked for the sauce on the side - which is a good idea with the pulled pork as well.
Out of the seven menu items I tried, three of them were as good as I've ever had anywhere - the pulled pork, the rib tips and their sauce. Earl, the proprietor, said it took him six years of experimentation to get the sauce just righ, and I believe him. It was a perfectly balanced sauce - not too thick, medium spicy (they serve hot as well) and with pleasant hints of vinegar and maybe pineapple juice.
The brisket was just fair and I didn't taste their famous Golden Bird fried chicken, but I'll be heading back there very soon. I live in West LA, I'm used to going to Baby Blues, J R's, Woody's, Phillip's, and Bad To Da Bone. All on my way to the track. No more! I may get to be porky myself, but it'll be worth it.