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Seafood joins barbecue at the new co-branded Porkchop and Red Fish Bleu Fish in Hyde Park.

Byline: Cindy Kurman

CHICAGO (April 29, 2019) - Today is moving day for Porkchop restaurant in Chicago's Hyde Park as it moves from its original location at 1516 Harper Court to its new home about a block away at 5121 S. Harper. Porkchop is moving in with Red Fish Bleu Fish a casual seafood comfort food restaurant. Both concepts are owned by Jovanis Bouargoub. The space will now be a casual co-branded restaurant (773-952-4744) located in the new building that houses Whole Foods. The kitchen is open late and there are happy hour specials weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m. The Porkchop menu will be available at the new location beginning Wednesday, May 1.

The new eatery brings together the best of two different concepts. "We've combined two fan-favorite cuisines, seafood and barbecue, under one roof so our guests can choose from either menu to create a customized meal to suit their taste," said Bouargoub. "It's a perfect way to build a meal that's great for sharing among the whole table. Combining both restaurants in one space will create a more efficient operation, let us offer the best food from both restaurants in one place, provide better service and make parking available for everyone."

Variety will be key at the new restaurant, offering lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and a full bar with specialty cocktails. The Red Fish Bleu Fish menu offers many contemporary fish and seafood preparations as well as some traditional Southern-style treatments. The Porkchop menu presents a wide range of barbecue and Southern favorites. Porkchop's hearty brunch menu will be available on weekends as well. The new restaurant will open its doors every day at 10:30 a.m.

Guests will enjoy their meal while seated in a spacious and comfortable atmosphere that includes some comfortable window-facing booths and large screen TVs. Outdoor seating on South Harper Avenue will be available during warm weather months.

Go for the Seafood!

With the dual menu, guests have many ways to begin their meal. On the seafood side, appetizers include Steamed Mussels, Ceviche and Shrimp Cocktail or choose Fried Oysters or Calamari.

Soups and Salad choices include a Crunchy Crab Salad, Mango Avocado Lobster Salad. Warm your soul with Clam and Conch Chowder or Creamy Seafood Chowder.

Pasta lovers will enjoy the Las Olas Tagliolini made with shrimp, mussels and clams; Shrimp Fettuccine in a creamy lobster bisque sauce or Ligurian pasta made with linguini, octopus, calamari and clams.

Entrees are wide ranging and include Baked Maine Lobster Tail; Panko crusted Faroe Islands Salmon; Grilled Corvina (a Pacific-island dish in a creamy sauce); whole fried Caribbean Red Snapper; and a South American-inspired Paella with mussels, clams, shrimp, pulpo and calamari.

If you're looking for a true family-style feast, there is no better place to sculpt a meal for your whole family or group. Start by building your own seafood boil, priced by the pound! Choose your fish and seafood options--King Crab Legs, Whole Dinginess Crab, Shrimps, Crawfish, Clams, Mussels and Lobster Tails. Then include add-ons like sausage, corn on the cob and potatoes. Once you choose your sauce style and level of spicy kick, your feast will soon be on its way.

There is even more to build your family meal! Check out the seasonal street style seafood, sold by the pound. Choose from Cheesy Cajun Lobster Fries, Lobster Fried Rice, Lobster Pasta or Lobster & Shrimp Burritos to accompany your seafood boil--or enjoy them on their own.

Go for the Barbecue!

Get your barbecue feast started with appetizers such as Smoked Wings, Fried Pickles, BBQ Sliders, Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp, Pulled Pork or Pulled Chicken Tacos, Loaded Nachos and Porkchop Poutine.

At lunchtime, enjoy scrumptious barbecue sandwiches: pulled pork, pulled chicken, sliced brisket, burnt ends or rib tips, served on a bun with fresh-cut French fries. Burger lovers aren't forgotten, either. All are juicy half-pounders and there is a vegetarian option as well.

At dinnertime, the menu is filled with Southern favorites like Bone-in Pork Chop, Southern Fried Chicken, chicken and Waffle, Shrimp and Grits, Jumbo Fried Shrimp, Seafood Etouffee and Cajun Fettuccine. Soups and salads abound, too. Choose the Chicken and Andouille Gumbo or the Smoked Brisket Chili, or a salad such as the Porkchop Salad, Chicken, Salmon or Spinach Salad.

And then there's the juicy, zesty barbecue, perfect for a shared family meal. Choose from Beef Brisket, Rib Tips, Beef Short Ribs, Baby Back Ribs, Smoked Chicken, Pulled Pork or Chicken, Smoked Hot Sausage and Spicy Smoked Polish. Combos are available.

Porkchop also has a Little Diner's Menu for kids under ten.

Porkchop's Southern Brunch is good for the soul!

No one prepares brunch better than Southerners and Porkchop serves up some delicious Southern hospitality in Chicago with their expansive brunch menu. Specialties include the Porkchop Skillet, Chilaquiles, Belgium Waffle, Chicken and Waffle, Cornmeal Pancakes, Biscuits and Gravy, Smokehouse Omelette, Smoked Beef Brisket Hash, Shrimp and Grits and the signature Porkchop Benedict. The Red Fish Bleu Fish influence will be felt as well, with some new fish and seafood brunch items.

About Red Fish Bleu Fish and Porkchop

The newly combined Red Fish Bleu Fish and Porkchop, located at 5121 S. Harper in Chicago's Hyde Park, offers something for everyone with a great selection of fish and seafood, barbecue and southern specialties. Lunch, dinner and weekend brunch are served in this casual and lively restaurant with a friendly staff, delicious comfort food and full bar. The kitchen is open late and there are happy hour specials weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m.

Lunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekdays. Dinner is served from 5 p.m. to midnight on weekdays and 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Validated parking is available in the lower level of the Whole Foods parking garage (enter on S. Lake Park Avenue). All major credit cards are accepted.

For more information, please contact the restaurant at 773-952-4744.
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