Pork Shoppe is excited to announce the opening of our Andersonville location! You can find us off of Clark at Edgewater. Come check out our new digs!
Our approach to BBQ is a take on all the best flavors of american classics from across the country. We’ve put our own spin on smoked meats with an emphasis on world flavor profiles inspired by our european roots. We strive to elevate the simplicity of barbecue while maintaining the authenticity of traditional techniques. Our hand-crafted meats range from old standbys such as Carolina style pulled pork, memphis dry rubbed ribs and Texas beef brisket to our own signature smoked pork belly pastrami. Our meats are cooked low and slow over a curated blend of hard woods. Pork Shoppe is a no frills kind of restaurant, just real food made by us from fresh locally sourced ingredients. We have perfected tradition while adding new favorites to the Chicago barbecue scene. Come enjoy a taste of the country in our casual urban atmosphere.
Steven began his career in the restaurant business at the age of 15 bussing tables. Rising through the ranks, he found himself as maitre d' at Chicago's Le Colonial in 1996 under the direction of mentor and good friend, Joe King. In 2010 he would open Tizi Melloul, employing both Mike Schimmel and Jason Heiman - setting the stage for the early beginnings of Pork Shoppe.
Originally pursuing a degree in fine art and design, our Chef and 20 year veteran of the restaurant industry worked his way through some of Denver's best kitchens. His newfound culinary interest would take him all the way to Paris for certification at the prestigious Cordon Bleu, Sous Chef at both Crofton on Wells and Palm Restaurant, and eventually to the helm of pre Pork Shoppe, Tizi Melloul.
Riding his bike to his first job in the food service industry, Mike got his start at the Arlington Int'l Racetrack. From there, he made his way through school working banquets and restaurants. It wasn't until he met Steven Ford at his restaurant, Tizi Melloul, and then Head Chef, Jason Heiman, that Pork Shoppe would meet its makers. In 2010 the trio opened the Michelin Guide recognized BBQ haven.