Captain Porky's

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Cuisine: Cajun, Barbecue

Captain Porky's is a Cajun and Barbecue restaurant where most Menuism users came for a meal on the go, paid less than $10, and tipped less than 15%.

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"Great food"
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Burgerdogboy

 Chicago, IL
 

Fresh Fresh Fresh!

Within spitting distance of the Wisconsin border, on US 41 north of Chicago, Captain Porky’s is one of those delightful gems one hopes to discover but doesn’t run into all that often. A combination restaurant and seafood market, the three Kallianis siblings started the restaurant in 1984, having settled in the suburban Chicago area after immigrating from Greece.

The restaurant part (order at the counter, sit at large wood picnic tables inside) features cooked to order seafood, sandwiches, and bbq specialities, like ribs and chicken.

The market part offers a fresh seafood counter, order like at a butcher shop, by the pound, or in the case of some fish, they will slice off ‘sized to order’ steaks. In a small deli counter are house-made fresh salads and a few Greek baked goods. A variety of micro brews are available by the bottle for those dining in.

They serve their sandwiches New Orleans “po boy” style, on French rolls dressed with tomato, lettuce, and mayo. They also offer a couple of New Orleans specialties like gumbo and jambalaya. Note that for another day.

Sandwiches and meals are served ala carte or with a slight upgrade, with sides. Steak fries are available, as are a host of other fried delicacies, like rings, okra, zucchini, hush puppies, eggplant, as well as several southern vegetables.

I went outside the norm, and had a walleye po boy. Walleye is a tender flesh, mild fish indigenenous to the upper Midwest, Canada, and Alaska. I asked for a little side of remoulade sauce, a very traditional New Orleans condiment that originated in France. Call it tartar sauce with a kick, which can come from adding capers or curry powder. If you feel inclined to make it at home, here’s Emeril’s recipe.

I knew the fish would be fresh from seeing it in the counter (pic below). It was cooked perfectly, with a light breading, and was ample sized, a good value for the money. Steak fries were great, as well, especially when I used the remoulade as a fry dipping sauce.

If you live in the Chicago area, particularly the NW burgs, or in SE Wisconsin, it’s worth a trip, if you haven’t been. Excellent job, folks. Time to consider bringing your chow to the rest of the country!

The family owns an additional restaurant next door, The Shanty, which features seafood, steaks, pasta as well as a Friday fish fry, and breakfast on Sundays.

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toloveisdivine

 Winthrop Harbor, IL
 

Empathetic and Responsive

Dino has consistently met our needs for my company. We’ve used him repeatedly for our company catering needs.

But, recently, after hearing everyone at work brag and rave about the food at Capt Porky’s, I decided to try the cod. Needless to say, it surpassed what I had heard about the cod. Flakey, tasty and light…the best around by far.

Cod

DDDDeeeelish!

May 3, 2010
 

Outstanding Food and Great Conversation

My husband and I love Captain Porky's. Dino, the owner, is a friendly, funny man who always has great stories for his customers, and even better food for them. Walk in and you feel very welcome. My husband lived in Louisiana for a while;…
January 17, 2010
 

Greatest seafood place around....

Recently tried for the first time. As a resident of Kenosha, I never knew about this place. Contrary to the previous review, I never smelled anything except great food. The place is tiny, it's a carry-out, though the fresh fried lake perch…
March 16, 2009
 

Smelly but good...

This is the place to go for fresh meats and fishes! Though it might be a little stinky and it's a little run down, they still supply some of the greatest product in the area. The people there are also very helpful and can help you come up…

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  • 8/15/2014 A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it 5 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 4/07/2014 A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it 5 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

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