I was a little hesitant to go into Porky's because it looks like a good place to get your butt kicked. Despite its location in a strip mall, Porky's is an authentic down home country bar with a cast of characters and locals that add color to your meal. While I was there, I met a guy named Bob, another guy named Billy and another guy named Billy Bob. They all knew each other and the insults and off-color jokes were flying around, many of them initiated by the friendly, flirty biker chick tending bar. I had the ribs and pork combo platter with baked beans and coleslaw. The ribs were amazing and I could've eaten a dozen of them. The sliced pork was tough and somewhat tasteless, even smothered in BBQ sauce (the sweet sauce was delicious, the hot sauce was tasteless). The baked beans were the BEST I've ever tasted anywhere and the coleslaw was crunchy and fresh - not soggy. Unlike a lot of Florida bars and restaurants, Porky's has several beers on tap. I had an Amber Bock that went well with the food and since I was there at happy hour, the beer was buy one get one free. Since I had to drive back to Sarasota after my meal I declined the second beer which, judging from the reaction of the other bar patrons, was probably the first time that has ever happened at Porky's. At 5:00 the guy sitting next to me turned to his friend, both of whom were wearing their landscaping clothes and said "It's 5:00. Quitting time." Then he fell off his chair and was carried out. It's their kind of place. Don't go if you can't tolerate cigarette smoke, or you will have to eat outside.
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