Pigging out at Porkies, I found myself dragged into the typical world of an American diner. A pile of ribs stacked high, sports on the telly, and the sweet scent of an American barbeque. For those with a large appetite and a larger income, their huge portions and sweet meats can be a match made in heaven.
With plentiful proportions, their appetisers alone are sure to leave you full, yet when we were provided with three bowls of onion rings, mac and cheese, and chips, my heart seemed to stop. As challenging a task it was (albeit a delicious one!), we conquered one dish after another, and soon enough the waiter brought out the main meal. A shared platter for four, with bits of everything. While it was undoubtedly scrumptious, I would suggest sharing smaller amounts with larger groups.
A little on the expensive side, it cost us roughly $30 per person, excluding drinks and extras. And while each bite was initially pure bliss, exotic and new, the excitement quickly faded. By the end of the night, the once sweet marinade that covered my meals left me with a sweet and dry taste in my mouth and the lack of colour may seem a little off-putting as every piece adopts a similar brown hue. So ordering a salad on the side is an idea worth investing.
Yet this is not to say the restaurant was without a silver lining. The onion rings were crispy and crunched irresistibly with every bite, once a drink was brought you could refill your cup endlessly hour after hour, and the general experience had captured the essence and tastes of a great American barbeque. It was an experience unlike any other.
The Porkies American Pit Barbecue experience truly was one of a kind, it's everlasting. If you don't mind paying a good sum of cash and you're up for a big meal, it's worth a go. If not, you can always take your leftovers home and leave with an undeniable hankering for a simple and healthy salad.