One might very well wonder if brunch is worth it: you get in the car, drive and then usually wait in line for something you could as easily make at home.
Last weekend, my daughter Josie and I went to Porkchop in the Randolph Market area and had a brunch that was worth the trip.
Of particular note: chicken with waffles.
I’m on record as being a fan of this perhaps unlikely combination of fried fowl and dimpled flapjack, and the version at Porkchop overcomes what I have always felt to be one big deficiency with most versions of this dish: the lack of distinctive sauce to tie the whole dish together.
The chicken and waffles at Porkchop overcome this problem with a spicy, Indian-style sauce (unexpected!) that makes this dish more savory than sweet. The crust on the chicken included cornflakes, which is an excellent way to ensure crispness and defeat the great enemy of all breading: sog-inducing moisture.
I’m not a particular fan of all-white meat, but the two deboned breasts that were lightly pounded and mounted on top of the waffle was very tasty eating.
On the basis of those chicken and waffles alone, Porkchop is worth the short trip from Oak Park.
941 West Randolph Street Chicago, IL 60607