Glad you loved the place! I had to go to a meeting last night up in Grayslake, I was thinking Zion would have been a more attractive destination. I'm glad somebody got some pleasure!
They also smoke fish and ribs on the premises, too!
Thrilled you made the effort to visit Zion and found the trip worthwhile!
She wasnt the only one to get some joy, BTW - I did it too, late last week.
Been to Captain Porky's before, and liked it, but didnt know the trick till
your tip - had just ordered the "normal" shrimp before. Last week I
ordered the jumbo (went with the dinner, he said it was over half a pound
of shrimp in the dinner, plus fries, roll, slaw, for 7-something, and he said
it would be a pretty big meal - and he was right). Twas very good,
fresh, breaded right there in front of you, then fried up - the fries were
very good as usual too.
BTW, have mostly tried the fish there, not the ribs etc - this time I asked him
if he smoked the ribs or baked em. He was almost offended - said they
were obviously smoked, if they were baked he wouldnt be Captain Porkys,
he'd be some "shitty place like Popeyes or something", I think he said
And then he gave me a sample of his rib-tips gratis - they were pretty
good, too. But one would be hard-pressed not to stick with the
shrimp while there (or other seafood - catfish dinners etc).
He also has other food items, sort of specials, sitting out every day BTW.
Apparently the sauteed-seafood special of that day was very good
too - so a couple of other patrons said. And he's famous for his
"fried goat cheese", fresh from his own goat (have tried it before and
its good, but remember to take a slice of lime to squeeze over it) - didnt
takei t this time as it would have been too much food (it already was a
whole heck of a lot, actually).
Also does some goat items etc - we had a nice chat, in which he deplored
the "American tendency" to not appreciate goat, that it was one of the best
meats out there etc (with me nodding along in agreement
I told him how
I thought goat didnt work well when grilled, and he agreed - said he often
bakes goat dishes at his place, when he makes it. '
If youre ever near Illinois Beach Park, its the obvious choice for a meal -
when you pick something up (as I have before), the drive to the beach
is only a couple of miles IIRC. That particular day last week was a little
cold for it (as is this week), but once the weather turns it'll be an obvious
thing to do.