Porky’s BBQ and Muggies Chicken, 937 Redondo Ave., 434-9999.
• Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
• Location: On Redondo at 10th Street. There is limited onsite parking.
• Staff/Service: The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Service is fast.
• Food/Drinks: Menu items include fried chicken in sizes ranging from a basic two-piece meal to 32 pieces for a party. Chicken is friend to order. Chicken strip meals in sizes ranging from three to nine pieces. Don’t need sides, just a quick fill up? Then try the chicken and biscuits.
Don’t like fried chicken? Try their fresh handmade burgers. They come in different sizes: 1/4 pound, 1/2 pound, 1 pound, and 1 1/2 pounds. Toppings include grilled onions, onion rings, cheese, jalapenos, bacon, egg or chili.
Feel like some barbecue? Then try pulled pork or hot links. You can also order some catfish or grilled chicken. They also offer Buffalo wings, mild or hot.
Sides include potato salad, smoked BBQ beans, mac and cheese, greens, mashed potatoes, red beans and rice and hand-cut fries. Extras include fried zucchini, hand-cut sweet potato fries, black pepper biscuits, pickles and jalapeno poppers.
Desserts include banana pudding, peach cobbler, fried pudd’n biscuits, brownie sundae and strawberry shortcake.
• Atmosphere: Porky’s and Muggies is basically a roadside BBQ and fried chicken stand. There is an outdoor patio if you want to eat there, just like southern roadside stands that may have a picnic table or two.
• The Taste: I stopped to pick some dinner midweek. I ordered nine chicken strips with sweet potato fries for a little extra charge. I also ordered a pulled pork dinner with smoked BBQ beans and mac and cheese and Texas toast. For starters, I ordered 10 Hot Wings. After a short wait, I was on my way home.
Let’s start with the wings. They are meaty and cooked to crunchy coat and juicy tenderness, but with wings, it’s all about the sauce. The hottest sauce I’ve ever sampled was Sam’s on the Escarpment and Porky’s sauce is one notch below, just a small notch below. I’m sure they could make it hotter if they wanted for you die-hard chile eaters, but these wings were as spicy as I require at my advanced age. The great thing about them was they also had flavor. Maybe the best wing in town these days.
We had a little pulled pork and sauce with a chicken strip each. I might add that the chicken strips are huge and three would be enough for a light dinner for two. The pulled pork is excellent — smoky, tender and generous. Porky’s sauce is a little sweet with a tang of course, tomato-based and perhaps a touch of cumin and curry.
The fried chicken strips are also excellent. Jennifer though the chicken was excellent. She likened it to batter-fried chicken as opposed to panko crumbs and such. The BBQ beans were amazing and the mac and cheese was tasty.
So you want some fried chicken? Call Muggies and Porky’s, place you order and by the time you get there it’ll be waiting.
• Price: Lunch or dinner for two is $10 to $20.