Jeff Makes Kitsch Cool at Pork and Mindy’s

pork and mindy's logo

Bucktown  has that cool vibe that reminds me of NYC. It is filled with video stores , junk shops, and coffee shops. Each and every food place there has its own special personality . Even the taco bell boasts their slushies with liquor. It would figure that Food Network star , Jeff Mauro would put his new shop there. I love the fun feel that he conveys with the name of Pork and Mindy’s . It conjured up images of the seventies tv show, but alas there were no photos of the alien and and his bride in the whole store. Instead I got that New York- Greenwich Village  feel , complete with art and music. Sure enough, artists perform live music on certain nights.

Obviously the main attraction is the food and nothing here is the typical sandwich. Each of the dishes is clearly a work of art. You won’t go hungry because each and every sandwich is stuffed with delicious ingredients. Jeff also has added other special touches to his restaurant. You won’t find any Coke or Pepsi here. Jeff has a soda machine that is filled with the yummy Jones soda. Sorry if you want a cola, but maybe try a tart green apple or an old fashioned root beer. Another one I tried was the fun blue raspberry. And hurray you can try them all.

Going in, I didn’t know what to expect. It has always been hard for me to make up my mind when ordering. (just ask any of my exes) This was really hard because everything looked so good. We decided while we nibbled on the pig candy, which is bacon that is dusted with brown sugar and slow smoked. Jeff uses it in a few of his goodies. Jen was so excited to try Jeff’s invention , the Tot tine. It is a variation of the Canadian dish, poutine, except instead of french fries, he uses tater tots . The tots are smothered with mozzarella chunks and gravy. What makes these sandwiches unique is the special touches that Jeff added . His Bao to the Pork is made with an bao bun , pork that is hand pulled and smoked, Asian Plum Sauce, and jalapeno relish. I also enjoyed the kicky Chicken Salad roll. The sandwich smacked of summer with its chicken mixed with candied pecans, celery, green onion and cranberry on a roll garnished with hot giardiniera . Jen’s favorite was the Chicken and French Toast . It was like eating lunch and breakfast at the same time. The chicken was garnished with pig candy , pickled red onions and here is what made it really unique. The bun was soaked in vanilla maple bourbon and the surface reminded one of French toast. And the best part, it was sweet , not spicy. Potato salad? No problem, but Jeff doesn’t use the run of the mill potato. His potato salad is made from sweet potatoes with a sweet creamy dressing.

Even the ending of the meal was special. Added attraction was that on the day we visited Jeff himself was in the kitchen. He calls them “nados” and each of them is made with premium vanilla ice cream. The ice cream is mixed with sweet goodies like peanut butter, banana, and cannolis. Want to take some of the great tastes home with you. Jeff has his special sauces on sale to use to spice up your life. It was also quite an honor to have my picture taken with Jeff and my special gift was a bottle of his special bbq sauce. I am sure we will have to come back for more when it is gone.

Pork and Mindy’s is located at 1623 N Milwaukee Avenue in Bucktown. Thanks to all the lovely folks for a great time.

chicken salad roll

Dig into the Chicken Salad Roll for a little bit of spicy

sweet potato salad

No you aren’t seeing things. It is potato salad that is made from sweet potatoes and is it yummy

Bao to the pork

It is American smoked pork with an Asian vibe ..Bao to the bone

jeff mauro and me pork and mindy's

Jeff was so nice and generous. His food definitely rocks.

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About chitownstarconnections

Melanie Christy is am actress/singer who came to Chicago to pursue her dreams of acting. Coming from a small town in Ohio she has been enjoying the things that city life has to offer like great cuisine from all parts of the globe, parties with great people including celebrities, gorgeous fashions and of course fun! Follow her, read her blog and learn about all the amazing adventures you can be a part of throughout Chicagoland! Jennifer Hedrick is the photographer and techie for our blogs. She was born and raised here in Chicago. Her love of photography started when she was a child. She has photographed many celebs, events, fashion shows and more. She also considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves food porn. Her other loves include her nieces and nephews, animals and the shows Castle, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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